Prahlad Jani has not had a single drop of water for the past 65 years. In November 2003, Prahlad Jani agreed to participate in a scientific research study led by twenty-one specialists. Prahlad Jani spent 10 days under twenty-four hours of observation where he ingest no food or water. This article published in The Times of India newspaper tells more.
Wonder diet: Living on thin air
AHMEDABAD: All that fuss about magician David Blaine caged in a glass booth for 44 days in London surviving only on water seems to have been over nothing.
Consider this: Prahlad Jani (76) —popularly known as ‘Mataji’ — says he has not had a single drop of water for the past 65 years.
Neither has he put a morsel of food in his mouth. His body also does not perform vital functions like passing urine and stool.
Jani, who lives in recluse in the caves at Ambaji, about 120 km north of here, claims that he was blessed by a Goddess when he was eight. So is he for real? And how is this man alive? These are the questions perplexing the medical fraternity here.
The Association of Physicians of Ahmedabad, a body with over 400 members, in association with Defence Institute of Physiology and Allied Science (DIPAS), New Delhi, has been examining Jani for the past 10 days in a specially prepared room at Sterling Hospital.
“A panel of doctors — including physicians, cardiologists, neurologists, a neurosurgeon, a gastroenterologist, an endocrinologist, a diabetologist, a nephrologist, a urosurgeon, an ENT surgeon, a psychiatrist, an opthalmologist, a genetic counsellor, a radiologist, sonologists and many more — have examined him. In fact, nearly 100 doctors of the association have examined Jani during these 10 days,” said secretary of the association, Dr Urman Dhruv. Surveillance cameras have been placed in Jani’s room.
“We have also deputed a team of doctors and security personnel on round-the-clock duty,” said Dr VN Shah of Sterling Hospital.
Jani agreed to avoid bathing during the examination period but was given 100 ml water to wash his mouth which was collected back and measured.
“Jani has not passed urine since he was brought here on November 12. He has not taken anything by mouth or by any other route — not even water during this period. All his parameters are within the normal physiological range. Initially, the project was to continue for seven days but his health allowed us to extend it,” said Dhruv.
Tests have showed that Jani’s body has shown evidence of formation of urine, which seems to be reabsorbed from his bladder wall.
“He underwent all possible medical investigations — from checking blood pressure to MRI of brain and gut, which were normal. Perhaps, he is more fit than other people of his age. This is an attempt to understand a new dimension in medical science and help mankind,” said Dr Sudhir Shah, a neurologist, who was a part of the team who examined a similar case of Hira Ratan Manek, a person who fasted for 411 days.
“But this one is different. Not passing urine and stool is a very striking phenomenon. This is a oneof-a-kind case,” he said.
At present, the committee does not have any scientific explanation for the phenomenon. “All we can say is that we are taking help of senior scientists.”
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