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Sunday, 12 March, 2000, 20:35 GMT
'Fresh air' guru comes to Scotland
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Jasmuheen believes followers can survive without eating
The controversial "fresh air" guru known as Jasmuheen has booked an Edinburgh Univerity building for a lecture next month.

Jasmuheen - formerly known as Ellen Greve - is expected to defend her belief that her followers can survive without eating.

The Breatharian cult was implicated in the death of a woman in Scotland last year and there have been calls for the lecture to be stopped.

Jasmuheen promotes the idea of what she describes as "living on light".

Loch Cam
Loch Cam, where Verity Linn's body was found
She says her main aim is not to encourage people to give up eating.

She claims to have eaten little more than herbal tea, juice and an occasional biscuit since 1993. She instead draws energy from meditation.

Controversy over the issue came to a head last September when a fellow Australian Verity Linn, was found dead in a remote part of Sutherland after fasting.

Police believe she was following the Breatharians' 21-day fast.

Death diary

A diary belonging to Ms Linn recorded her last days as she refused to eat or drink, believing it would "spiritually cleanse" her body and "recharge her both physically and mentally".

Edinburgh University is at pains to distance itself from Jasmuheen's lecture.

A university spokeswoman said the premises were available for external hire and the lecture was not being organised by the university.

Professor Michael Lean, head of human nutrition at Glasgow University, said if it turned out Jasmuheen was making life threatening claims, then he would support any moves to have the lecture stopped.

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21 Sep 99 | Scotland
Woman 'starved herself to death'
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