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Woman converts to breatharianism, dies horrible death

I don't understand why, but some people would rather try every new fad diet that comes along rather than just eat right and get a moderate amount of exercise, even if it kills them, like the Swiss woman who recently starved to death because some crackpot convinced her you can live on sunlight alone.

From the NY Daily News:

Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger reports that a woman starved to death after embarking on a spiritual diet that required her to stop eating or drinking and live off sunlight alone.

The Zurich newspaper reported Wednesday that the unnamed Swiss woman in her fifties decided to follow the radical fast in 2010 after viewing an Austrian documentary about an Indian guru who claims to have lived this way for 70 years.

Tages-Anzeiger says there have been similar cases of self-starvation in Germany, Britain and Australia.

The prosecutors' office in the Swiss canton (state) of Aargau confirmed Wednesday that the woman died in January 2011 in the town of Wolfhalden in eastern Switzerland.

From a German professor who claims he hasn't eaten in over ten years (via Daily Mail Online):

"It takes three weeks," he says. "The first week is really strict - eat nothing, drink nothing.

"Every doctor will tell you this is not possible, but it is. It sounds hard, but living without water for seven days is very possible - it's all about being in the right frame of mind.

"The crucial factor in this 21-day process is self-belief. If you believe you can do this then you won't give in to the hunger.

"On the eighth day you can have some watered down fruit juice - to cleanse your body with the antioxidants.

"In the third week, you can move on to stronger, more concentrated juices. And in the last seven days, your body stabilises and gets used to its new regime."

But what about the grindingly awful hunger?

"You won't feel the burning hunger if your mental attitude is right," he says crisply. "This isn't about dieting, but respecting your body."

"I feel healthier and more vital than ever. My powers of resistance and regeneration are stronger. I'm hardly ever ill any more. Psychologically, I feel stable and mentally enriched, have much better concentration and memory than I used to and now only need five or six hours' sleep, rather than the eight or nine I used to."

"Every perception - whether it is sight, skin or other sense organ - is more intense. My potency has become even stronger."

How many people do these diet nuts have to kill before we start locking them up?

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