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How does the Prahlad Jani Breatharian Story Persist without Evidence?

The answer is repetition, and that says something about reliance on what we all “know” to be true.

More than three years ago, a man named Prahlad Jani who claimed to have lived for 70 years without food or water became the center of a media spectacle when Dr. Sudhir Shah called a press conference [...]

Naveena Shine attracts attention with "Proof" of Breatharian claim. Does the "Proof" exist?

Woman hasn’t eaten since May 3, plans to go on

So reads the breathless headline of a United Press International story published on June 10, 2013. Is it true?

Naveena Shine of Seattle declares in a press release and a website that:

On May 3rd 2013, the Spiritually based endeavor, “Living On Light” began an [...]

3 Years Later, "Scientist" Still Hasn’t Released Data on "Breatharian" Prahlad Jani

Travel back with me to 2010, when American journalists breathlessly spread the story of Prahlad Jani, an Indian mystic who claimed to have gone seven decades without eating or drinking, subsisting only on the air he breathed and an alleged mysterious elixir he said was produced by the hole in his palate. News reports around [...]

After 1 year 5 months, still no Scientific Data released from Breatharian “Experiment”

One year and five months ago, Dr. Sudhir Shah was holding a worldwide press conference to announce the results of his experiment with the breatharian Prahlad Jani, who claims to have gone without food or water for seventy years. According to Shah, Jani was confirmed to have gone 15 days without food or water and [...]

Prahlad Jani Experimenter Still Won’t Release Study Results

8 months after the end of an experiment purporting to show that Indian “holy man” Prahlad Jani survives without food or water, experiment chief Sudhir Shah still has not released study documentation to prove his claim. It’s since turned out that Prahlad Jani was “gargling” and pouring water over his head on a regular basis [...]

Breatharian Prahlad Jani Caught with a Refrigerator in his “Cave”

Hilarious!

Remember Prahlad Jani, the devout man of India said to live in a cave and claiming neither to have eaten nor to have had anything to drink for 70 years? He’s one of many breatharians who make that sort of claim, and he’s gotten a lot of media attention for it. Why, the newspapers [...]

Breatharian “Scientific Experiment” Still Has No Scientific Results

This spring, the news media was all over claims that the elderly Indian man Prahlad Jani had been “proven” in a “scientific experiment” to go without food or water for 15 days without weight loss, dehydration or any other ill effects. Less well covered was the fact that the Prahlad Jani was allowed his “privacy” [...]

Don’t Hold Your Breatharian: Prahlad Jani “Scientist” Provides Update with No Science

Think back a few months. Do you recall the media fanfare in the spring when the 83 year-old Prahlad Jani entered into an experiment in which he was said not to eat or drink for 15 days straight? Oh, the papers and the news shows were agog. Isn’t life just miraculous?

Since then, we’ve discovered [...]

Prahlad Jani Update: PI Still Waiting for Data to “Come Through”

Do you remember the hubbub and hullaballoo this spring over claims that Prahlad Jani, an 83 year-old man of India, went for 15 days straight without eating a thing while under strict scientific supervision? Why, the scientists observing Prahlad Jani say he didn’t even take a single drink of water!

Of course, it’s turned out [...]

Revealed: Scientist in Prahlad Jani Experiment Refused Independent Monitoring

The UK’s Daily Mail provides new information on Prahlad Jani’s experiment in breatharianism that the rest of the credulous world media has neglected to report. At the end of 15 days, experimenters in India claimed that Prahlad Jani had nothing to eat and nothing to drink, yet not only surviving but displaying the vigor of [...]