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Local woman swears off food, hasn't eaten in 5 weeks

SEATTLE -- There are a few things that we all know and accept about human beings, and one of them is that we all need food and water to survive.

But one local woman wants to challenge that fundamental concept of life.

Her name is Naveena Shine, and some of her ideas can best be described as being "out there." The 65-year-old England native who now lives in the Seattle area is aiming big with her goals.

"This will literally save the Earth," she said of her most recent experiment.

Shine claims she doesn't need food to survive, and she's out to prove it to the world.

"Well, the intention of what I'm doing is I want to provide evidence that it is possible, should it be possible, that human beings can live and thrive and do really well without having to eat solid food," she said.

To prove her point, she quit eating. She's now living on water and tea with a dab of milk. She claims she hasn't had a thing to eat since May 3rd.

Because she knew people would doubt her claims, Shine set up cameras in every corner of her home that record 24 hours a day. When she goes outside, she takes a mobile camera.

It's all so she can prove to the world that humans don't need food.

"There's got to be a point that's a shift over point, you either go into starvation and death or you go into finding the place within and without that creates living on light," Shine said.

She often talks about light -- both the kind that comes from the sun and the inner power source she can't fully define.

She said she sometimes has sudden drops in blood pressure where she gets dizzy and needs to sit down.

Dr. Rich Lindquist from Swedish Hospital doesn't doubt that Shine can survive for a while on tea and water -- maybe as three months -- but he said it's a bad idea.

"People can live for extended periods of time, but people need food in order to live," he said.

Lindquist said the body will cannibalize itself for a while by burning up stored fat and muscle, but that can't go on forever.

"Long term, over time, if you don't eat, you die," he said.

Shine said she originally hoped people would be fascinated by her experiment and sponsor her efforts, but that hasn't happened.

She insists she'll stop if she feels like she's in any danger. She said she's lost some weight since starting the experiment, but she isn't gaunt. She also said she's not hungry.

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