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Breatharian couple claim to live on 'energy'


Posted on Saturday, 17 June, 2017 | Comment icon 24 comments

Breatharianism is considered highly dangerous. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Dennis Yang
Camila Castello and Akahi Ricardo claim to eat only a tiny amount of food and say they never feel hungry.
Widely regarded to be a dangerous practice that has resulted in several deaths over the years, breatharianism centers on the belief that it is possible to live on energy and sunlight instead of conventional foods, an idea that remains highly controversial and scientifically unproven.

According to Castello and Ricardo, who live between California and Ecuador, the couple eats only three times a week and when they do eat, their meals consist of a piece of fruit or a bowl of broth.

The majority of their sustenance, they claim, comes from the "energy that exists in the universe and in themselves", something that they also refer to as "cosmic nourishment."

"Humans can easily be without food, as long as they are the connected to the energy that exists in all things and through breathing," said Castello. "For 3 years, Akahi and I didn't eat anything at all and now we only eat occasionally like if we're in a social situation or if I simply want to taste a fruit."

Health experts meanwhile have dismissed the couple's claims as dangerous on the basis that there are already a significant number of people out there suffering from eating disorders.

The human body needs food to survive and a balanced daily diet is essential to stay healthy.

Suffice to say this is something that you should definitely not be trying at home.

Source: Independent | Comments (24)

Tags: Breatharian

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #15 Posted by kartikg on 17 June, 2017, 20:50
theonlyscientifictesttobedoneonthiscoupleistosendthemto ahardworkingfarmwherethefarmerswillinvestigatetheirworkandwatchthefoodandwaterthey consume.
Comment icon #16 Posted by freetoroam on 17 June, 2017, 20:58
Much research has been done under scientific conditions...you can achieve this by eating 8days a week, 5times a day.......9 times a day if you want to live to over 102.
Comment icon #17 Posted by acute on 17 June, 2017, 21:51
Obviously, I'm a Pizz-arian, but I am wondering how to pronounce the subject matter. Is it Breath-arian or Breathe-arian? I've never heard it before.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Twin on 17 June, 2017, 23:23
Doughnut-oholic here. Pizza is obviously a desert food.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Future ghost on 18 June, 2017, 0:45
What an absolute bunch of crap. They are most definitely consuming calories of some sort or they would be dead, or at the very least skin and bones. They seem to choose their words carefully, such as "eat", and " solid food ". They never mentioned drinking, so on the days they aren't consuming fruit they are probably drinking meal replacement shakes and smoothies. How incredibly irresponsible of these people to try and make others believe they're living off of air. What a couple of idiots.
Comment icon #20 Posted by Kangarotting on 18 June, 2017, 3:54
Not to mention the countless possibilities of illness due to lack of food consumption- as a young kid I used to go larger than average periods without eating because it was convenient, later on I found out I had multiple stomach illnesses and gastric digestion problems that all stemmed back to my weird eating style- if they really go that long without eating or consuming amounts that were REALLY as small as they said, they would have some sort of stomach disorder by now, or some other disorder that stems from lack of nutrient (malnourished, anemia, different system minerals lacking in the syst... [More]
Comment icon #21 Posted by fred_mc on 18 June, 2017, 5:41
What a bunch of nonsense. It says in the article summary that it is controversial when in fact it is not controversial at all, any scientist you would ask would say that it is just crap, there would be no controversy about that.
Comment icon #22 Posted by sees on 18 June, 2017, 9:11
This couple claimed to live 3 years without eating anything, i.e. being breatharians (which they are not now since they eat 3 times a week!). Words are easy - where is the evidence for this? Surely there would be someone in the media keen to film this sometime during the 3 years, i.e. it couldn't be kept a secret could it? Like everyone else here it smacks of a hoax/lie. I have done many fasts and detoxes and can vouch for its benefits. However....to NEVER eat??? Come on!!
Comment icon #23 Posted by Atomical on 18 June, 2017, 9:44
What a couple of hypocrites. "I don't eat food" except three times a week. That is like me saying "I don't sleep" except every night.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Codenwarra on 19 June, 2017, 17:39
The woman who originated this twaddle has already been convicted.


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