Prahlad Jani Update – The Human Filter Continued

Just a quick update on Prahlad Jani, whom we wrote about on April 29. At that time, Prahlad Jani had gone a full week without taking in food or water, nor had he urinated.

Well, folks, Prahlad Jani wasn’t finished. The latest Prahlad Jani update informs us that the man we’ve dubbed as the human filter (Jani’s body seems to filter water through his palate, and to also filter urine from his bladder) has gone 15 days without food or water, under the watchful eyes of medical examiners.

After satisfying the doctor’s 15-day watch, Prahald Jani has now returned to his village and his life of meditation and yoga.

The doctors overseeing Jani are still baffled by Jani’s ability to go without food or water, but they hope to use the experiment to find ways to help soldiers, astronauts, or others without access to food or water survive.

Bottled Watergate — Politicians Deny Connection to Bottled Water

You know bottled water has a bad rap when politicians want nothing to do with it.

Such was the case recently in Russia, where politicians denied a connection with bottled water, according to an article in the Moscow News. Apparently bottled water bearing the logo of the United Russia brand name — the Russian Federation’s ruling political party — was being sold online. No big deal, right?

Well, it wasn’t until a correspondent from one of Russia’s newspapers confirmed that the bottled water was being made near Moscow, under a signed agreement by the ruling party. United Russia has been met with much criticism regarding its new Clean Water program. This Clean Water program’s intentions sound admirable — to provide clean water to public institutions (i.e. schools and hospitals) in a country that is notorious for having very poor quality tap water.

Critics of the Clean Water program, however, say that many companies will benefit from the public’s money through the program. An article in the Moscow Times notes that inventor Viktor Petrik and United Russia head Boris Gryzlov hold a patent for cleaning radioactive waste. More suspicion regarding  the program arose when water filters made by Petrik’s company “Golden Formula” were chosen for one of the program’s pilot projects.

Despite this criticism, Gryslov maintains that the patent he and Petrik share is not related to the program, and that the water filters were chosen by experts in the field.

Likewise, officials said there was no agreement between the water bottler and the party. Petrik’s “Golden Formula” website also mentioned the United Russia party, but in recent weeks any mention of the United Russia party has been taken down from both the bottled water site as well as the Golden Formula website.

Vodovoz says that the party name must have been on the website by accident and it was just a coincidence, the company’s employee told the newspaper. “The employees’ task is to sell the product, maybe, that is why they told you about the agreement with the party,” he said. The company has not made any official comment.

Earlier the Golden Formula filters to be used in the Clear Water programme also mentioned United Russia on their website. However, after a media storm, all mention of the ruling party disappeared within hours.

Clean Water in Russia? Time will tell.