Nutrition with 'light and water'? In strict isolation for 10 days without food - a critical case study

Heusser, Peter; Wolf, Ursula; Vonwiller, Hans-Martin; Messerli, Nadine; Laederach-Hofmann, Kurt (2008). Nutrition with 'light and water'? In strict isolation for 10 days without food - a critical case study. Forschende Komplementärmedizin, 15(4), pp. 203-9. Basel: Karger 10.1159/000148650

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In her book 'Living on Light', Jasmuheen tries to animate people worldwide to follow her drastic nutrition rules in order to boost their quality of life. Several deaths have been reported as a fatal consequence. A doctor of chemistry who believably claimed to have been 'living on light' for 2 years, except for the daily intake of up to 1.5 l of fluid containing no or almost no calories was interested in a scientific study on this phenomenon. PARTICIPANT AND METHODS: The 54-year-old man was subjected to a rigorous 10-day isolation study with complete absence of nutrition. During the study he obtained an unlimited amount of tea and mineral water but had no caloric intake. Parameters to monitor his metabolic and psychological state and vital parameters were measured regularly and the safety of the individual was ensured throughout the study. The subject agreed on these terms and the study was approved by the local ethics committee.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Medical Education > Institute of Complementary and Integrative Medicine (IKIM)
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Endocrinology (DFKE) > Clinic of Endocrinology, Diabetology and Clinical Nutrition

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