Ahmedabad: The Defence Institute of
Physiology and Allied Science (DIPAS) has found few facts
corroborating the claim of Prahlad Jani, the 82-year-old
miracle man from Gujarat, "of living without food and water for
more than seven decades."
DIPAS, in an update posted on its website on the
observational study of Jani, done here at Sterling hospital
stated, "It is hypothesized that Prahlad Jani has some extreme
form of adaptation to starvation and water restrictions."
"Cell biology studies have shown that the peripheral
blood mononuclear cells exhibit more tolerance to stress," it
The institute has now planned further studies for
random observation at Jani`s place of residence over a period
Prahlad Jani, popular as Mataji in Gujarat, was
subject of fortnight study (between April 22 and May 6)
conducted jointly by DIPAS and Sterling Hospital, along with
Prof Anil K Gupta of SRISTI, to understand this paradoxical
During the study a protocol of round the clock strict
surveillance was followed with the help of CCTV camera and
personal observations. Jani also did not pass urine from his
body during the observation period.