May 4,1813: a curious event in England
- From that great source of knowledge, the internet:
Inmates of jails on hunger strike, shipwrecked sailors, holy men and yogis who have been buried alive, are living testimony to the fact the human body can survive long periods without the ingestion of food and water, so is it possible with training to live on air alone? One who believes it is, and in fact teaches that we can, is Wiley Brooks of San Francisco.
Mr Brook's premise is that since everybody who eats dies, food must be bad for you, and the only way to cheat death is to stop eating. [big snip]
The claims of Indian gurus and others to have been buried alive without food, water and even air have all been exposed as frauds after investigation.
In England, in 1812, for example, a Mrs Ann Moore in Derbyshire also claimed to have lived for six years without taking sustenance. However, an investigation headed by Sir Oswald Mosley, Bart., of Rolleston, kept her under observation and after nine days Mrs Moore gave up, and, in a written confession dated May 4, 1813, admitted that she had eaten during the six years.