She’s going to soak up the sun (UPDATED: She’s calling it quits)

Originally posted on June 6th 2013

I hate to break it to her but… She’s not a PLANT.

Seattle woman attempts to live on sunlight, water

Navenna Shine, the founder and subject of the Living on Light experiment, plans to spend the next four to six months abstaining from food of any kind and living on only light, water and tea.

According to her website Livingonlight.co, Shine started the experiment in an attempt to follow a group of obscure Yogis, who for thousands of years have claimed the ability to live on light. Some who adhere to such practices are called “breatharians,” — someone who gains energy and sustenance strictly through air and sunshine — and Shine hopes to prove it is possible by living out the experiment.

Shine said she is not completely sure she will be able to succeed, but intends to give the experiment a fair attempt. Throughout the experiment, she will film herself on eight cameras positioned throughout her house to ensure to herself and others she does not cheat.

“I have the feeling that my body has reached a point where it has used up all its stored fats and is now looking around for what next to consume,” Shine wrote. “I suspect this might be the point where it decides either to find and hook into the source where it is able to live on Light, or consume the body for sustenance. I am doing all I can thorough consciousness to open up the space for ‘Living on Light.’ We shall see.”

As many as four “Breatharians” have died while attempting to live solely on light, the website Seattleglobalist.com reported.

I sure hope this woman has medical staff around because this sounds like a bad idea. The body won’t be able to live off of light and air alone. You’re not a plant. You’re a human being with a completely different physiology and organs. Most likely if this woman doesn’t start eating soon, her body will start to deteriorate and consume internal organs to make up for lost nutrients.

UPDATEWoman trying to ‘live on light’ instead of food ends experiment

After dropping about 20 percent of her body weight, Naveena Shine, the 65-year-old Eastside woman who got worldwide publicity for trying to just live on light and no food, is calling it quits with her grand experiment.

She says she’s quitting on Wednesday in part because she’s run out of money, and part because of the public reaction.

“I was just asking a question, but there was just so much negative response that that means the question can’t even be asked,” she said.

Doctors have warned that it is not possible for humans to photosynthesize, and four deaths have been linked to people who apparently had tried.

On previous days, Shine had reported feeling tired or dizzy, had thrown up after drinking water, felt twitches and had cold hands. But on Monday, says Shine, “I’m feeling totally fine.”

Can’t help but think that maybe it was more than just money and the negative public reaction that’s causing her to call the experiment off after 47 days. She’s already confessed to having felt dizzy, sick and twitching. These aren’t signs of photosynthesis. These are signs that there’s something wrong with your body.

I hope she gets a medical check up, I’m pretty sure she’s going to need it.

Tip: James Randi via Facebook

Video of Navenna Shine after 4 weeks on the sunlight diet

We’ve previously covered a story about a Swiss woman who died from the sunlight diet.

  20 comments for “She’s going to soak up the sun (UPDATED: She’s calling it quits)

  1. June 6, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    Unless she is submitting to 24-hour surveillance, she is a fraud. If she IS, she may be just incredibly deluded.

  2. MidianGTX
    June 6, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    She can’t be doing that well, she looked 24 when she started.

  3. Aaron
    June 6, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    A good example of why you should develop a hobby that you can enjoy when you grow old.

  4. Chris Howard
    June 6, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    It reminds me of all the people who consume tons of wheat grass so they can get the “benefits” of Chlorophyll never realizing, or wanting to realize, that humans can’t directly metabolize the stuff.

  5. Pete Attkins
    June 7, 2013 at 3:21 AM
  6. June 7, 2013 at 7:27 AM

    A pithy take on this story from spoof news site “The Daily Mash”:

    http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/international/living-on-sunlight-doesnt-work-say-somalians-2013060771290

  7. One Eyed Jack
    June 7, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    Well of course she’s going to starve… look how white she is. She’s obviously not getting enough sun. ;-)

  8. Rich
    June 7, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Well, she might not actually die (http://blogs.plos.org/obesitypanacea/2011/05/13/the-science-of-starvation-how-long-can-humans-survive-without-food-or-water/) but she certainly won’t get any benefit out of it, and runs a good risk of becoming very unwell indeed. It certainly won’t do her any good. Or, of course, she will come out radiant and full of life, in which case she will have cheated.

  9. Rich
    June 7, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    ..actually, having re-read that and “four to six months” I’m revising my estimate down. That would probably do her in.
    I still think she’ll stop or cheat.

  10. Rich
    June 7, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Sorry for multiple posts, but “As many as four “Breatharians” have died while attempting to live solely on light.”

    Four? What’s that line about doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results?

  11. LREKing
    June 7, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Fertilize me, maybe?

  12. LREKing
    June 7, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    “I have the feeling that my body has reached a point where it has used up all its stored fats and is now looking around for what next to consume,” Shine wrote.

    That would be muscle, including the heart.

    Seriously, though — countless people have starved to death in the presence of sunshine. She thinks she can survive because she has a silly name?

  13. June 7, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Swiss women died doing the same thing. Starved herself to death. Sad.

    http://www.thelocal.ch/20120425/3196

  14. One Eyed Jack
    June 8, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    If she were younger, she may qualify for a Darwin Award.

    Yes, Sharon, I know you hate that term.

  15. June 9, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    I’d check the water and tea for added nutrients if she makes it!

  16. June 10, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    I don’t think she realizes that plants draw up nutrients from the soil through their roots. If you try to grow plants with nothing but sunshine and water – they die. She has no roots. But then, maybe she thinks she does. Poor deluded lady.

  17. cplamb
    June 12, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    It needs a control of a woman who tries to live entirely on dark.

  18. Chris
    June 17, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    There was an article about her this weekend. Apparently she was a follower of the a couple of Indian gurus, including the one in Oregon who rode around in a Rolls Royce:
    http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2021192752_nofoodxml.html

  19. Joseph Forgoturian
    June 20, 2013 at 4:50 AM

    oh no, she only went 47 days (on 8 cameras the whole time which apparently quashes the question of validity here). So a human goes 47 days on, at most, tea apparently but the real story is the judgement on the bad versus good of the whole idea. Hey, a human went 47 days on just tea? Why is all the press about the 4 people (likely entirely invented) who died trying this. Why isn’t anyone amazed that a body can survive for 47 days without food AND while trying to metabolize the caffeine in the frickin’ tea she cont seem to bloody put down (stupid). If the body doesn’t need food, it certainly doesn’t need TEA, LOL. It would be like someone saying, “Well, I get all my energy from the sun… but yeah, I also drink grape soda.” :D

  20. June 20, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    well now she is putting emer-c in her water (contains at least vitamins plus minerals plus maybe sugar) and a splash of milk in her tea (how many teas does she do a day, and, of course milk has no nutrients? well it does have protein, fat, sugar (unless she is lactose intolerant), minerals and vitamins). so she is cheating if she does these two additives.

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