Survival …

I swallowed a fly. That reminded me of the case of …

A WEST Australian man had to resort to eating insects after he became stranded in bushland in the state’s South West region when his car became bogged.

I read about this back in October. Wow, had to eat insects, or as Nine News put it …

Mr Frendo told Nine News Perth it was his positive thinking that got him through.

“Pretty much the whole time the thoughts were always ‘what I’m going to do once I get back’,” he said.

“It was never ‘this is final, this is it’.”

Mr Fredo said he ate “a lot of frogs and crickets, and millipedes” to survive in the bush.

“Pretty much anything I could get my hands on at that stage just to keep my energy up,” he said.

Mr Fredo said he was very grateful to the family who helped pull his car out.

“I think it would have been a long wait if they hadn’t come along at the time that they did,” he said.

“I just want to thank them so, so much.”

Mr Frendo was taken to Busselton hospital for treatment for dehydration.

Four days in the bush and despite eating pretty much anything he lost his “N”. Good to see it came back after rehydration.

Indeed hydration was the real problem. Hunger strikers have shown that it is possible to go a couple of months without food. Three days without water and you are in big trouble. So don’t eat the frogs … drink their pond.

If someone has been without food for an extended period one problem to be avoided is the re-feeding syndrome. This can occur after as few as five days and is a significant risk after three weeks of fasting. It may be fatal, most often through cardiac arrhythmias. A sensible first meal could consist of milk or boiled vegetables (see also http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2440847/).

Note that Mr Frendo had the good sense to stay with his vehicle.

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