Jasmuheen in 2008
1957 (age 55–56)
New South Wales, Australia
Jasmuheen (born Ellen Greve; 1957) is a proponent of "pranic nourishment" or breatharianism, defined as the practice of living without food or fluid of any sort. She makes appearances at New Age conferences worldwide, has hosted spiritual retreats in Thailand, and sells many self-penned books and audio recordings on her website.
Jasmuheen developed her financial and business management skills, working full-time in the finance industry.[which?] From 1992, she began to combine her experience in business and finance with meditation, selling access to workshops and seminars on the topic and, by deed poll, changed her conventional two-word name to the more exotic Jasmuheen. In 1998, she appeared in her first film, a six-part documentary called The Legend of Atlantis by Elia The Prophet. When the Australian television programme 60 Minutes challenged her to demonstrate how she could live without food and water, the supervising medical professional Dr. Beres Wenck found that, after 48 hours, Jasmuheen displayed symptoms of acute dehydration, stress, and high blood pressure. Jasmuheen claimed that this was a result of "polluted air". On the third day, she was moved to a mountainside retreat about 15 miles from the city, where she was filmed enjoying the fresh air she said she could now live on happily.
However, as the filming progressed, her speech slowed, her pupils dilated, and she lost over a stone (6 kg or 14 lb) in weight. After four days, she acknowledged that she had lost weight, but stated that she felt fine. Dr. Wenck stated: "You are now quite dehydrated, probably over 10%, getting up to 11%." The doctor also announced: "Her pulse is about double what it was when she started. The risk if she goes any further is kidney failure." Jasmuheen's condition continued to deteriorate rapidly in the clearly demonstrated context of acute dehydration, despite her insistence to the contrary. Dr. Wenck concluded that continuing the experiment would ultimately prove fatal. The film crew concurred with this assessment and ceased filming.
Jasmuheen is quoted by the Correx Archives as saying, regarding how much she eats: "Generally not much at all. Maybe a few cups of tea and a glass of water, but now and then if I feel a bit bored and I want some flavour, then I will have a mouthful of whatever it is I'm wanting the flavour of. So it might be a piece of chocolate or it might be a mouthful of a cheesecake or something like that."
Jasmuheen has stated that she has lived on approximately 300 calories per day for the last fourteen years, maintaining full health through supplementing a fluid intake with "cosmic particles" or micro-food, which she describes as prana. She has stated that she has not yet mastered the ability to be fluid-free for more than short periods. She was awarded the Bent Spoon Award by Australian Skeptics in 2000 ("presented to the perpetrator of the most preposterous piece of paranormal or pseudoscientific piffle"). She was also awarded the 2000 Ig Nobel Prize for Literature for her book Pranic Nourishment — Living on Light, "which explains that although some people do eat food, they don't ever really need to."
Jasmuheen maintains that some of her beliefs are based on the writings and "more recent channelled material" of the Count of St Germain. She states that her DNA expanded from 2 to 12 strands to take up more hydrogen. The extra strands of DNA have not been demonstrated, and when offered $30,000 to prove her claim with a blood test, she stated that "you cannot view spiritual energy under a microscope." She claims that such a challenge is a deliberate attack on her beliefs, and she refuses to act as an example of her claimed paranormal attributes.
In 2005, James Randi offered her the James Randi Educational Foundation US$1 million prize to demonstrate her claims. In 2010, she appeared in the documentaries 3 Magic Words and In the Beginning There Was Light.
Four deaths have been directly linked to breatharianism and Jasmuheen's publications. Jasmuheen has denied any moral responsibility for this. Referring to the death of Lani Morris, for example, she said that perhaps Morris was "not coming from a place of integrity and did not have the right motivation". Similarly, after the death by dehydration of Verity Linn, whose body was found in a tent with little but a sleeping bag, her clothing, and one of Jasmuheen's books, Jasmuheen wrote: "If you haven't found the light that will nourish you, you may have the intention to become a breatharian, but in fact you may be putting yourself through food deprivation. There is one known case where a person died when trying to become a breatharian." According to the BBC: "Verity Linn's diary mentioned the teachings of self-proclaimed prophet Jasmuheen who believes people can draw nourishment from the 'divine life force in the form of liquid light'."
- The Prana Program — Eliminating Global Health & Hunger Challenges
- Harmonious Healing and the Immortal's Way
- The Law of Love & Its Fabulous Frequency Of Freedom
- The Food of Gods
- In Resonance
- Pranic Nourishment — Living on Light
- Ambassadors of Light — World Health & World Hunger Project
- Divine Radiance: On the Road With the Masters Of Magic
- Four Body Fitness: Biofields & Bliss
- Co-creating Paradise
- The Madonna Frequency Planetary Peace Program
- "Guru condemned as 'dangerous'". BBC. 6 April 2000. Retrieved 2008-10-10.
- "Fresh-air dietician fails TV show's challenge". Yahoo News. 25 October 1999.
- Willis, Paul (1997). "Jasmuheen — Can people live on nothing but air?". Interview with Jasmuheen (transcript) (Correx Archives). Retrieved 2006-12-09.
- Barry Williams (2000). "Bent Spoon Winner 2000 - Jasmuheen". Bent Spoon winners. Australian Skeptics. Retrieved 2006-12-10.
- 2000 Ig Nobel Prize Winners
- "All they need is the air ...". BBC News. 22 September 1999. Retrieved 12 January 2011.
- Randi, James (2005-07-01). "Online Newsletter". SWIFT. James Randi Educational Foundation. Archived from the original on 2012-07-20. Retrieved 2013-03-07.
- Walker, Tom; Judith O'Reilly (26 September 1999). "Three deaths linked to 'living on air' cult". The Sunday Times ((London)).
- "Swiss woman starves to death on daylight diet". Herald Sun. 26 April 2012. Retrieved 26 April 2012. "This was the fourth known death linked to breatharianism and Jasmuheen's books since the practice emerged in the early 90s."
- "Scotland: "woman starved herself to death"". BBC. 6 April 2000. Retrieved 2008-10-10.
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- Living on Light at Google Videos (Adobe Flash video) - episode of 60 Minutes (Jasmuheen's aborted experiment)