I might do a few posts from time to time on amazing scientific studies, findings, stories, etc. regarding the human body and its biology.
Here’s one drawn to my attention today from www.reddit.com.
A scientific study in the 1970s had a man fast for 382 days, he lost 275 pounds (~125kg) in the time and suffered no ill effects… Just goes to show what our fat stores are really able to do for us in periods where food resources are scarce or completely absent. I assume this man drank liquids the entire time to allow his body to receive important vitamins and minerals, most likely not stored in his fat. But it is amazing none the less.
I also watched a documentary on the Discovery Channel a while ago, I can’t remember when or what it was called exactly. But I remember it was one on human survival where a man had fallen while exploring caves and subsequently broke both of his legs. He was trapped in the cave for more than a month, but was fortunate enough to find himself beside a small stream of water. He drank from it over the period of time he was stuck there until he was found by other people exploring the cave system. He’d lost 10s of kgs by the time he reached hospital, however, he was brought back to perfect health.