From ancient China to modern day medicine, breatharians and their skeptics have a long contentious history.
The oldest written reports of Chinese masters who lived in a verified state of BIGU, without physical food, date back more than 2000 years ago. Perhaps the most famous case of skeptical scrutiny is described in the book of Ge Hong. During the Jin Dynasty the Chinese emperor Qu Jin Di imprisoned a monk named Wu for 12 months because he claimed to be able to surivive without eating. The very skeptical monarch made sure the Monk had no access to food and was more than surprised to see that he left his cell after one year in perfect health.