Item description for Life from Light: Is It Possible to Live Without Food? a Scientist Reports on His Experiences by Michael Werner...
In 1898, Therese Neumann, a nun in Southern Germany, stopped eating and drinking. Apart from the wafer given at Mass, she did not eat again until her death thirty-five years later. Similar cases have been reported over the years--often holy men from the East--and have assumed mythical status. Nonetheless, such accounts remain obscure enough to be safely ignored by modern scientists.
Michael Werner presents a new challenge to skeptics. A fit family man in his fifties and with a doctorate in Chemistry, he is the managing director of a research institute in Switzerland. Unlike those who have achieved such a feat in the past, he is an ordinary man who lives a full and active life.
Werner has become an open challenge to all scientists: Test me, using all the scientific monitoring and data you wish. Here, he describes one such test, in which he was kept without food in a strictly monitored environment for ten days. Werner describes in detail how and why he gave up food in the first place and what his life is like without it. Life from Light also features reports from others who have attempted to follow this way of life, as well as supplementary material on possible scientific explanations of how one could "live on light."
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Pete Soderman is a published author and lecturer, with a background in computer engineering and sales. He had a 26-year drinking career that began the day before the assassination of President Kennedy, and ended in 1990. As a result of a series of events, he found himself at an AA meeting after a friend told him it was a place where he could learn to drink normally. It isn't, of course, but he found that he couldn't agree with its principles, nor follow most of its suggestions, except for one, he didn't drink. Why was he successful when an overwhelming percentage of those who stumble into AA fail to stay sober for any length of time?
His search for the answer to that question is what this book is all about. He had to find his own way, and in doing that, he discovered that most addicts recover completely on their own, or with minimal help, and that their methods for doing so were readilyaccessibleif one was willing to research the available scientific literature.He spent several years doing just that, and arrived at the conclusion that the established addiction treatment industry was using methods that the research community knew, and had known for years, were ineffective, and in fact counterproductive.
The bottom line, he found, was that the key to recovery for most people wasn't spiritual at all, it was cognitive! A recovering addict needed a good deal of motivation, a way to overcome urges, the skills to deal with life's normal problems without a drug, and the ability to change their focus from short-term gratification to the achievement of long-term goals. Once these became a part of one's life, falling back into addictive habits became virtually impossible, as long as the recovered individual maintained their attitude and outlook.
He helped start a SMART Recovery(r) meeting in Wilmington NC, and a few years later, another one in a small village in central Mexico, where he retired with his wife, Gethyn.
Michael Werner has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Oregon, USA.
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More fodder for the brainless May 27, 2008
This one should go down well with wannabe "Darwin Award" winners. I think the title says it all. Wondering if it's the author and his four deluded best friends that have given the other fawning reviews above. Suffice to say that anyone who had done what the aithor has claimed wouldn't be around to write about it. If he has discovered how to live without food, what's holding him back from saving the starving multitudes of the world? And how about those that died in their tens of millions in Soviet Russia -one would've thought there would be ample snow-reflected light flying around during a good Soviet winter to leave anyone feeling positively bloated.
I should probably let the author get back to sneaking a mid-night slice of pizza.
Life from Light Apr 27, 2008
After finding the book by chance, i was delighted to find a 'western' approach to the subject. Werner gives a rigorous account of his methods, and the 10-day, 24 hour experiement he volunteered for. The book also contains some information on the science behind his way of living, and helps push the door that much further in opening our minds to the possibilities of a not so material world.
paradigm buster Apr 8, 2008
This book by Michael Werner takes the very substantial work and contributions of Jasmuheen about living on light (see pranic Nourishment) from the ashram to the laboratory. He is a chemist living in Dornach Switzerland and has made himself available for scientific testing of his metabolic functioning after ceasing to eat 1/1/01. He feels that anyone who believes it is possible to live on light can wean themselves from food and liquids by following Jasmuheen's 21 day transition procedure.
Add another breatharian book to your collection! Nov 12, 2007
As a spiritual scientist (yogi) for many years, I am delighted to see that this book has been made available on the U.S. market. Dr. Werner's hard science-minded approach to "living on light" is a beautiful contrast to the current small (and growing) group of more "spiritually-minded" light feeders - Jasmuheen, HRM, etc.
Dr. Werner takes a very objective look at the process and ability of the human body to receive nourishment from the "light" - i.e., prana, chi, ki, orgone, etc. With a Ph.D. in Chemistry, Dr. Werner has himself subsisted solely on prana (and water, tea, etc) since the year 2000. By sharing his experience with the world, Dr. Werner is trying to open the "materialistically-addicted" minds of fellow scientists so that they too can see that we humans are spiritual beings as well.
This book includes great information for the Western educated person as well as: transcript of a Dr. Werner lecture; Q&A w/ Dr. Werner; a 10-day hospital-run experiment in which Dr. Werner was kept in strict isolation and studied around the clock; personal experience from a dozen or so people that have also underwent the 21-day transition process; and a look into the future of science and spirituality.
For anyone interesting in the future of human evolution (that is here now), this is a great book to have. Dr. Werner's book is a perfect addition to the Jasumheen, HRM, Mantak Chia (parts of his work), and yogic books/videos that also teach these wonderous methods of living on light.
Mind Opening book:) Nov 7, 2007
I had heard of a few people living on light in the past, but when I found out that a modern man, husband, father and scientist had done it for 6 years I was amazed! The book was great, it left me more curious about the subject and more open to the idea without being overwhelmed or afraid.