The fascinating story of Barbara Moore, M.D. of London, a modern-day Breatharian, is a prime example of a person who had the conviction that Breatharianism is a fact and not fiction.
At any rate, here is her story, as quoted from Viktoras Kulvinskas hard-to-find 1975 book "Survival into the 21st Century"
"A heroic figure is Barbara Moore, M.D. of London. A news release by the London Sunday Chronicle dated 17 June 1951 reads:
A woman of 50, who looks like she was only 30, claimed yesterday that she hates food, has beaten old age, and expects to live at least 150 years. She has set out to do it by giving up food. Twenty years ago she ate three normal meals a day. Slowly for 12 years she reduced her eating until she was keeping fit on one meal a day of grass, chickweed, clover, dandelion and an occasional glass of fruit juice. Five years ago she switched entirely to juices and raw tomatoes, oranges, grasses and herbs. Now she drinks nothing but a glass of water flavored with a few drops of lemon juice. She says, There is much more in sunlight and air than can be seen by the naked eye or with scientific instruments. The secret is to find the way to absorb that extra - that cosmic radiation - and turn it into food.
Each year she goes to Switzerland for the better air and climbs mountains on a diet of water from the streams. You see, she explains, my body cells and blood have changed considerably in composition. Im impervious to heat or hunger or fatigue.
Winter or Summer, even in Switzerland, I wear only a short sleeved jumper and skirt. In cold weather people stare at me. While they shiver in furs, I am warm. Im as strong as a man and need only 3 hours sleep for mental relaxation. As my body is free of toxins, Im never ill. I had to advance slowly from vegetarianism to uncooked fruit and then to liquid. Now Im working towards Cosmic Food (Air). Ive passed the eating stage and could not eat if I desired as my alimentary canal has changed considerably. It is no longer a filthy tube and is unable to handle any fiber. Instead of thinking my life will end in ten years, Im growing younger. Anyone can do the same if they try. The tragedy is that eating is one of the great pleasures of life. To stop eating is to experience discomfort only when the body is adjusting itself to the new course which was the original course. I now find even the odor of food nauseating."
Viktoras Kulviskas continues writing in "...21st Century" but there appear a few inconsistencies which I have been able to correct by writing to the author as you can see a little further down this page.
"In 1961, Dr. Morris Krok of Durban South Africa, published "Conquest of Disease," where he reproduced a part of a speech by Dr. Moore, which was written up in: "Life Natural, Ganeshganar, Padukottai, S. Ry, India. Nov. 1960".
By experimenting on myself, Ive found that neither energy nor body heat come[s] from food. Its a fact, paradoxical, yet true, that I spent three months in the mountains of Switzerland and Italy eating nothing but snow and drinking only snow water. I was climbing mountains daily, not just fasting and sitting down and reading a book or gazing at the sky. No, I was hiking daily from my hotel to the mountains, often 15 miles, climbing up to seven or eight thousand feet, then coming down and walking another 15 to 20 miles to my hotel. During my fasting, I climbed mountains daily; and if I could not on account of bad weather, Id walk 30 to 40 miles. That proved it to me. Year after year Ive done the same thing to find out whether it is true or not. For one year it may work and the next it may not work with the same body. So, Ive done it year after year and find that neither energy nor heat of the body comes from physical food. 'When I discovered this, I went a step further; I wanted to see whether I could live without food at all; not for two or three months, but for a longer period. I found this also possible, but not quite on an ordinary level, as it were. I can do that in the mountains, but it is more difficult when I come down to an ordinary level [sea level? J.B.]. I find the air is different. I hope in time to live entirely on air... Im a very busy person and have little time to sleep. Im never tired or hungry."
After reading her story above, you might be wondering what happened to her. I did too, until I received a note from a reader...
Dear Dr. Buche,
According to my father (who read in newspaper long ago), Barbara Moore died (was hit by a car) while walking coast-to-coast in the USA.
Rui Fragassi Souza
...and here is a picture of Dr. Moore walking across America before her dreadful accident...