Swiss woman dies 'sunlight' fasting

2012-04-25 21:50

Geneva - Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger reports that a woman starved to death after embarking on a spiritual diet that required her to stop eating or drinking and live off sunlight alone.

The Zurich newspaper reported on Wednesday that the unnamed Swiss woman in her fifties decided to follow the radical fast in 2010 after viewing an Austrian documentary about an Indian guru who claims to have lived this way for 70 years.

Tages-Anzeiger says there have been similar cases of self-starvation in Germany, Britain and Australia.

The prosecutors' office in the Swiss canton (state) of Aargau confirmed on Wednesday that the woman died in January 2011 in the town of Wolfhalden in eastern Switzerland.

Spokesperson Jennifer Rissi says prosecutors haven't opened a criminal investigation over the woman's death.

  • Nel - 2012-04-25 22:00


      Aphiwe - 2012-04-25 23:15

      Or maybe Atkins... Lol!

      Preshen - 2012-04-26 08:57

      "Your Sunlight and water is all that you need"

  • cnduplessis - 2012-04-25 22:02

    This diet is also renowned for frying your brain and you end up pushing up daisies! She needed psychiatric help and assistance from family! How can you watch someone you love do this? Common sense not so common...

      Saleh - 2012-04-26 06:21

      Its called breatharianism-really fascinating-google it to learn more-its taking off across the world

      winston.mullany - 2012-04-26 07:54

      Saleh...more like been buried! As in this woman's case!

  • Ted - 2012-04-26 02:41

    She didn't need to go to school to see that even her garden plants needed water and nutrition apart from sunlight. Sad to see people around her were also so dumb to believe she could actually photosynthesise. Same as 'friends' of Malema who allowed him to go into 'political fasting' so tragically!

  • karen.inward - 2012-04-26 04:58

    A really cheap diet, I must say.

  • Gregory - 2012-04-26 05:36

    Lekker stupid.

  • Saleh - 2012-04-26 06:23

    Its called breatharianism-really fascinating-google it to learn more-its taking off across the world-many people claim to have lived for many years without food or water-only air and sunlight

      wesleywt - 2012-04-26 07:07

      That's the wonderful thing about evidence. You can claim anything, but you have to still prove it.

      Felix - 2012-04-26 08:02

      That's great, get rid of a few nut jobs.

      d4zza - 2012-04-26 08:06

      @saleh, why don't you do it and let us know how it pans out. Maybe we will be seeing your name in an article like this soon.

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2012-04-26 06:26

    If only she had painted herself green, perhaps then she could have photosynthesised her own nutrients. Highly intelligent woman, a great loss to the world. Maybe we all should do biology at school, seems it's quite an important subject?

      Gregory - 2012-04-26 06:33


  • Wade - 2012-04-26 06:49

    If God made us to eat food why the hell in your right mind starve yourself for a belief, We need food and water so eat and drink the stuff, everyday!

  • Johannes - 2012-04-26 06:57

    everyone has the right to be stupid, but some people just abuse the priviledge

  • Tumelo - 2012-04-26 07:16

    So the woman died over a year ago? And this is repoirted now?

      Mark - 2012-04-26 07:37

      ...and your point is?

  • Lerato - 2012-04-26 07:41

    She puts a big I in the word Idiot

  • lynsey.rimbault - 2012-04-26 07:42

    There just isn't enough sun in Switzerland in winter, no wonder she was hungry! ;)

  • jayram.daya - 2012-04-26 08:16

    A final proof, Suns energy is only one out of the 5 requirements for life. Water, Energy, Air, Matter and intelligence is that gives life orderliness for survival.

  • allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-04-26 08:34

    What in the world would convince you to the point of starvation that you are a solar panel ?

  • leahn.pieterse - 2012-04-26 09:03

    Thats taking fotosintesis to a whole new level.

  • Dani - 2012-04-26 09:39

    from wikipedia : Wiley Brooks - Brooks explains that the "Double Quarter-Pounder with Cheese" meal from McDonald's possesses a special "base frequency" and that he thus recommends it as occasional food for beginning breatharians.[28] He then goes on to reveal that Diet Coke is "liquid light" A sponsorship methinks...

  • ludlowdj - 2012-04-26 12:00

    a very old and largely disproved religious belief. just goes to show that people will believe anything, even when medical science proves it is not possible.

  • Marni - 2012-04-26 13:11

    darwin, enough said

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