Indian military scientists are studying an 82-year-old who claims he has not had any food or drink for 70 years
- Telegraph, April 28, 2010
True or false? I say false. But I believe he's used to fasting.
It's quite a claim. I wonder if he does any chewing at all, and if not, how that affects his teeth and jaw.
It's interesting that fluid from his bladder got reabsorbed. Love how we work. It reminds me of how hibernating animals get fluid when they aren't drinking. They retain and recycle the H2O produced from our electron transport chain - the mechanism in mitochondria that produces energy for us. That mechanism is in fact why we breath oxygen, we need it to drive the ETC and provide energy. At the bottom of the chain, the oxygen accepts electrons and is reduced* to water.
I recall reading that hibernating bears also recycle their wastes, even in their bowels. They form a fecal plug to keep it in!
So, maybe Prahlad Jani is experiencing a form of hibernation?
* Reduction here meaning accepting electrons, as opposed to oxidation which donates electrons.