Should I do the Master Cleanse?

Or is it even possible for me to do the Master Cleanse.

I think it's possible and I really like the challenge. The only concern I have is about my energy level. I don't want to be tired in front of my students. My social engagements are also another issue for me.

Oh, for those who don't know, the Master Cleanse is a 10 fast where you only drink a mixture of lemon juice, cayenne pepper, maple syrup and water. This fast is supposed to remove toxins from the body.

You can find out more about it here.

I really feel that I need to do something to change my lifestyle. I haven't been kind to myself in awhile. Too much food, too much wine and not enough exercise. I feel like I need to take a big step now.

Alright. It's decided. I'm going to do the Master Cleanse. This is day one. I have only had watermelon juice for breakfast and now I am going to make the cayenne pepper lemonade drink and I'm not going to eat anything today.

I'm not going to be able to go the whole ten days. My goal is to do it three days and then attempt it at another time for the full ten.

Here's the book by Stanley Burroughs: the originator of the Master Cleanse.

Here's how to make it:

Follow the diet for a minimum of 10 days or more—up to 40 days and beyond may be safely followed for
extremely serious cases. The diet has all the nutrition needed during this time. Three to four times a
year will do wonders for keeping the body in a normal healthy condition. The diet may be undertaken
more frequently for serious conditions.


2 Tablespoons lemon or limejuice (approx. ½ lemon)
2 Tablespoons genuine maple syrup (Not maple flavored sugar syrup)
1/10 Teaspoon cayenne pepper (red pepper) or to taste
8 oz water, room temperature
Combine the juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper in a 10 oz glass jar w/lid and fill with the water.
Shake it up and drink. (Cold water may be used if preferred.)
Use fresh (organic) lemons or limes only, never canned lemon or limejuice nor frozen lemonade or
frozen juice.
The maple syrup is a balanced form of positive and negative sugar and must be used, not some
“substitute.” There are three grades of maple syrup. Grade A is the first run—mild in taste, sweet and
with fewer minerals than the other grades. It is more expensive and less desirable but it may be used.
Grade B is the second run with more minerals plus more maple taste. It is more suitable for the diet and
is less expensive. Grade C is the third run with even more minerals and still stronger taste of maple and
slightly less pleasant for most people, although acceptable in the diet. It is lower in price. As Grade C is
less expensive it can be used as an excellent sweetening agent in preparing foods. The strong maple
flavor blends very well.

The maple syrup has a large variety of minerals and vitamins. Naturally the mineral and vitamin content
will vary according to the area where the trees grow and the mineral content in the soil. These are the
minerals found in average samples of syrup from Vermont: Sodium; Potassium; Calcium; Magnesium;
Manganese; Iron; Copper; Chlorine and Silicon. Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, Nicotinic acid and
Pantothenic Acid are also present in the syrup. Information on the need and effect of these properties
will be found in the Biochemistry in the back of the book, “Healing for the Age of Enlightenment.”

Some uninformed operators of the sugaring of the maple syrup do use formaldehyde pellets, run through
polyethylene tubing but there are many more that don’t. Search out and demand the kind that does not
use formaldehyde. Spring Tree of Brattleboro, Vermont does not use it. This is the kind I recommend.

Dozens of letters weekly, from around the world highly praise the many superior benefits of the
lemonade diet. Thus, we must conclude that since it does so much for so many it is truly The Master
Cleanser. The following is a quote form one of the letters: “I tried the lemonade diet with exceptional
beneficial results. I would like to order at least six at whatever your wholesale price would be—I know I
will need many more as I do push the books. I believe they are the best in their field.”

An ideal formula involves freshly extracted juice from the sugar cane (readily available in India, but not
generally in the US at the present time):

10 oz. Fresh sugar can juice (medium hot or cold)
2 Tablespoons fresh lime or lemon juice
1/10 teaspoon cayenne (red pepper) or to taste
Another possible but lesser replacement could be pure sorghum. (Do not use for Diabetes). It does not
produce equal or close to the benefits of maple syrup.

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