Wednesday, June 26, 2013

You've got to love the weird ones, don't you...

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As most of you know, I do love an eccentric.  The kookier the better, in my books!  But even I have to admit that the Seattle woman who declared herself a breatharian and decided to see if she could live on a diet of water and sunshine might have taken things a touch too far [link].

Naveena Shine wanted to try and prove that it was possible for someone to survive on sunlight alone.  But after 47 days, and after losing 20% of her body weight, she decided that maybe it wasn't such a good idea after all.

Hmm, I wonder what clued her in.  The dizziness?  The shaking?  The throwing up?  Those are all symptoms she suffered during her little "experiment".  Not surprising really, given that all she'd had in that time was water "with a splash of milk". 

Now I know I'm being pretty harsh, and normally I'm first on board for an out there new age theory, but I've always tempered that with a solid belief in science [link].  And science has pretty clearly proven that human beings can't photosynthesize.

But I think my favourite part of the article was where she said she didn't want to be responsible for encouraging people to do it if they didn't have their "belief systems lined up".  Wow ... that's incredibly patronising coming from someone who was essentially admitting that it wasn't possible.

Jeez, you know it's getting bad when you start to long for the days of the good old fruitarians.

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  1. Anyone who thinks they can live on sunshine in Seattle will surely die of malnutrition!

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  2. What a fool. Coincidentally though, since there are so many pollutants in the air I'm going to try and prove that I can survive without breathing. Most people say it's impossible but they just aren't believing right.

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  3. I'm going to see if I can live on beer and whatever I can absorb from sitting on my couch. I expect the latter part to consist mostly of stale Cheeto bits.

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  4. This was all her elaborate way of denying that she's anorexic. I would have liked to see her eat the first piece of food after this little experiment, though. I bet it would look like a snake where you can see the food in her malnourished tummy.

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    1. Not to mention that when you eat after fasting for a long time, you generally have a hard time digesting. I'd imagine the bathroom would be incredibly unpleasant.

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  5. Probably a former flower child, but still...

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  6. D-oh! Not sure what she was expecting to get out of this except maybe saving some grocery money.

    "Don't do this if you don't have your belief systems lined up." Translation: You better believe in reincarnation.

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    1. Unfortunately that's true, people have actually died doing it.

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  7. Fruitarians. Love it. And I always thought California was the land of fruit and nuts. Must be a West coast thing.

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  8. oh my goodness. This is crazy...I love me some food!

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    1. I know, I'd never be able to do it. Hell, I wouldn't WANT to do it.

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  9. A perfect example of where the following adage should have been applied -- "Always keep an open mind but not so open that your brains fall out."

    Actually, I've heard of Breatharians before. It's a cult/hoax perpetuated by some Hindu guru type, I believe. He pretends to exist on nothing but air. Of course, the non-gullible know that every night he goes home (probably drives in a limo to a mansion, all paid for by the donations of the faithful) and stuffs himself with every delectable morsel known to man (again paid for by . . . but you get the drift.)

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    1. You'd think common sense would tell them it's a con, wouldn't you.

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  10. Sunshine? In Seattle? I'm no where near there, but if Twilight taught me anything... It's that there is no sunshine there ;)

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  11. I can understand fasting and have done it a few times, but that is only a day or so. To go any longer is IMO, crazy.

    I'm glad she came to her senses and was able to see the light.

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    1. I can see the sense in fasting too, but not for 47 days.

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  12. I'm waiting for the common sense-arians to gain a foothold.

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  13. If she wants to live on sunshine she should come here. If you stay outside in Tucson to long you can't eat anyway. If she had died would it have been suicide?

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    1. Death by suicide of death by stupidity ... it's a bit of a coin toss.

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  14. 47 days without food? I can't go 47 minutes!!! :)

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  15. That is one crazy diet...which means of course she could sell it to a billion people for mega-money. The very fact that she lost 20 percent of her body weight had people jumping on the crazy train. Dying from diets doesn't necessarily make it a deterrent to others.

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    1. Hmm, that's true. With the right marketing guru she could make a fortune!

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  16. She should have tried being a vodkatarian. That totally worked for me.

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    1. That sounds like an idea. I think I'll convert to that for about three hours on Friday night ;D

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  17. That's pretty extreme. If I hadn't eaten in 47 days, I might even be tempted to eat Brussels sprouts. On second thought, 47 days wouldn't be near long enough. ;)

    S

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    1. I might start to unbend a little on cabbage though.

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  18. Surviving on sunshine? If I tried that in England, I'd be dead in a week. :)

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    1. If I tried it in Australia I'd be dead in a week too, but that's because our sun actively tries to kill us. Damned skin cancer.

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  19. The woman needs more than sunshine blown up her ass.

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  20. Not only did it not work, but she isn't even close to the shade of leather that I would expect her to be!

    Hugs!

    Valerie

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    1. LOL! Good point! Surely she should be about a mahogany colour if she's trying to live on sunlight

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  22. Here in Portland it would be great if you could live on rain. And a juicy cheeseburger.

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  23. I have just started a healthy eating program today. I am starving already. Imagine the pain your body would be in after 40 something days with no food. Silly old cow !

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    1. I'm not remotely healthy in my eating, and I'm hungry right now!

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  24. Dude, you are awesome and hilarious!

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  25. Ha, if you could live of sunshine you would be pretty starved in Ireland...wait the famine makes sense now!

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  26. I am currently on a soft food diet for dental reasons. After a week, I am struggling big time. No idea how anyone (no matter how nutty) could go so long without food. I sat here dipping a chocolate biscuit in coffee just so I could have chocolate.

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  27. Maybe she missed the part where you have to bury the lower half of your body in soil for this to work. It's important to be absorbing nutrients through your toes, too.

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    1. Of course, that must be the reason it didn't work!

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  28. Belief systems lined up! Bahahahaha! That's hilarious. And a little, (a lot?) sad. Great post as always. :)

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  29. 20% of her body weight? Sign me up. Sounds more efficient than Jennie Craig!

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    1. And it only takes 47 days, so I suppose in the grand scheme of things it's a small time to sacrifice.

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  30. I laughed out loud at "humans can't photosynthesize

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  31. Well, the problem was that she was in Seattle! I'm just positive her plan would work in a more sunny place, like Hawaii. Heck, if she wants to pay me to move to Hawaii, I'll give it a try (just make sure no one inspects my suitcase, cause they may be some back up snacks hidden there in the event the sun lets me down).

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