This award winning documentary investigates the controversial phenomenon of "Breatharianism"
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Death through starvation is a fact. Why is it though, that under the same circumstances some people die from hunger while others survive?
 

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"Every five seconds a child under ten dies of starvation." says Jean Ziegler, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. Without question thousands of people die every day because they do not have enough food. This is a question of sharing our wealth, of greed and wrong distribution of abundant food resources. Often this undoubted fact is used to ban a serious discussion about Breatharianism and non-physical nutrition.

Every day, an estimated number of 20,000 to 25,000 humans die from starvation.

In my eyes it is cynical to ask why starving people do not change to "Breatharianism" and therefore ban the discussion about this phenomenon, facing the obvious fact of starvation - as some critics of my film did.   Hunger is a problem of sharing, distribution, and greed in the "world". There is enough food for everybody on this planet, but everyday we burn megatons of edible food as waste and overproduction, as seen for example in the documentaries "We Feed The World" or "Taste The Waste". So this is not a question of "living on light", but a question of sharing our abundance.   It is true that people may die if they do not have access to food and water. Nevertheless it was observed throughout all times of hunger, catastrophe and war, that under the same conditions some people died of starvation while others survived.

In his world famous book "Man´s Search For Meaning" the eminent Neurologist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl, who was imprisoned at Auschwitz and other concentration camps for three years, described that with the same amount of food under equal conditions some people died while others survived. How can this be so ? If they were able to see meaning in their lives, despite the horrible conditions, if they could feel hope and open up to a spiritual dimension, even hunger swellings could disappear.

Despite the unquestioned fact of death by starvation, in times of war, catastrophe and famine there have always been "miraculous" survivor stories.

 

The eminent Neurologist and Holocaust survivor Dr. Viktor Frankl described that in the Nazi concentration camps some people survived with the same amount of food while others starved to death.

Frankl wrote concerning the incredibles survivor stories: "The medical men among us learned first of all: The textbooks tell lies!"


After the First World War in Europe, the less famous Austrian medic Dr. Karl Graninger noticed that although people had become prisoners of war, not all returned from the war camps unhealthy. For some the fasting, fresh air, meager diets and non-smoking was beneficial physically. The idea that some had starved and were quite ill after imprisonment while others were healthier fascinated him. Consequently from 1920 to 1940, Dr. Graninger conducted research into the phenomenon of "Inedia paradoxa" - or living without food. He documented 23 cases, in the west of Europe, of people who lived without food between five weeks and 52 years.   Incredible survival stories of castaways or mine accidents throughout all times support the idea that the human body works wonders under certain circumstances and is more than a complex machine, that just has to be fueled with combustible material in the form of food and liquids.

"The medical men among us learned first of all: The textbooks tell lies!" writes Viktor Frankl in his world famous book "Man´s Search For Meaning" about surviving in the concentration camps.

The Austrian medic Dr. Karl Graninger noticed that in some rare cases prisoners during World War One improved their health by eating less or nothing at all. Consequently Dr. Graninger documented 23 strange cases of "Inedia paradoxa" - or living without food.