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The Master Cleanse

beyonce knowles before and after cleanse The Master Cleanse (also known as the Lemonade Diet, Master Cleanser, Maple Syrup Diet, Lemonade Cleanse, Lemon Diet, Lemon Cleanse, and the Beyonce Diet) was created by Stanley Burroughs in 1941 and later popularized by Peter Glickman in his 2004 book, Lose Weight, Have More Energy and Be Happier in 10 Days (2nd edition published 2005). Many people, such as Robin Quivers and Beyonce (see before and after photos, left), have lost significant weight, although that is not the aim of the cleanse.

In my environmental medicine practice, I attempt to identify toxic elements, physical and spiritual. Then I can help the patient avoid, protect against or detoxify them. I follow that with nutrition to promote as much additional healing as possible. In detoxification, my goal is always to use what works without further harming the patient and I use many, many things.

"The Master Cleanse is simple and combines and surpasses many other detox methods. It literally has been a God-send to my practice. I am grateful to Peter for seeing, loving, and promoting the values of this cleanse."

James F. McCoy, M.D.,
Past President, American Academy of Environmental Medicine

Detoxification

Detoxification means eliminating toxins (poisons) from the body. These can be external poisons, such as arsenic; chemicals which cause cancer; or body wastes that, if not eliminated, cause illness, such as gout. A toxin doesn't have to kill you to make you tired, miserable, unhappy, and jittery.

Most people think detoxification is a one-step process. They have toxins and then they don't—one step. This isn't true. It is a two-step process. First the toxins are mobilized from where they are stored in the body, usually fat cells. When mobilized, an individual may mildly re-experience the effect of the toxins, such as tiredness, irritability, aches, or mental fogginess. Then the toxins are eliminated. So, the faster the body eliminates the toxins, the less unpleasant the cleanse.

Therefore, in addition to the lemonade, two other things are consumed to help eliminate toxins quickly from the body. One is a cup of herbal laxative tea each evening and the other is the Salt Water Flush (a quart of water with 2 teaspoons of sea salt) drunk each morning, which washes the complete digestive and elimination tract. A second cup of herbal laxative tea can be substituted for the Salt Water Flush, if desired.

It is essential to go off the cleanse gradually, or severe nausea and/or pain may occur for some hours. Products should be taken after the return to a regular diet as the good bacteria that manufacture several vitamins may have been cleansed along with the toxins.

I feel GREAT. The Master Cleanse fast is wonderful. If you follow the instructions in Lose Weight, Have More Energy & Be Happier in 10 Days, you will succeed in improving your outlook, your health, and your body.

"The first three or four days can be difficult, but when you learn that toxins are leaving your body, you realize that this will not last. Indeed, for me, the next 6 days were increasingly better and I ended, nine pounds and one size smaller, feeling energy that I had not had for several years.

"Keeping to the routine is important and makes the cleanse easier to follow. I found the salt water drink difficult, until I started putting the salt in the measured water the night before. This allowed it to dissolve more thoroughly. Then I heated the solution slightly, and was able to drink it easily.

"I recommend Lose Weight, Have More Energy & Be Happier in 10 Days, and Peter's web site for information, answers, and support."

Marie Taylor
Aurora, NY

Peter Glickman and Master Cleanse book
The New York Times, The London Times, Time 
magazine, Boston Globe, Washington Post, Germany’s Chica magazine, Canada’s Maclean’s magazine, 
The New York Daily News, USA Today, Us Weekly, Geraldo’s web blog, CBS News, NBC’s Today Show, 
Fox TV’s The Morning Show and CNN

... to name just a few!

The original, time-tested Master Cleanse has produced great results for more than half a century. Unfortunately, several people promote alterations of it. The problem with these variations is that they are usually done without knowing why the original ingredients work. For example, much of the power of the Master Cleanse comes from the fact that it is a juice fast. Fasting has been used for thousands of years to rejuvenate the body and temporarily strengthen the mind and spirit. It is still widely used in Europe and Russia.

Not everyone understands this. So, others have added shakes, protein powder, cayenne pepper capsules (the gelatin in the capsules is boiled hooves, tendons and sinew) etc. Since the whole idea of the Master Cleanse is give the digestive system a 10-day vacation, which is like pressing a "reset button" for the body, adding things that have to be digested in a misguided attempt to "improve the cleanse", just reduces the fasting effect and weakens the results of the "diet."

Other variations are simply mistakes. The New York Daily News printed the lemonade recipe and got it wrong. They said each drink was made with a quart of water. That's 4 times the amount of water that is supposed to be in each drink! Doing the required minimum 6 drinks a day would become ridiculous. (A letter to the editor to correct this went ignored.) Another popular ebook selling only on the Internet has the recipe wrong and tells people they can have something besides the lemonade, salt water and laxative tea.

It's not that a variation won't give you results. It's just that your best chance of getting great results is to do what has already worked for tens of thousands of people for more than 50 years.

"I have done the Master Cleanse using Peter's free Internet forum, twice. I finally bought Lose Weight, Have More Energy & Be Happier in 10 Days and am glad I did. I bought it because I wanted to share this fabulous experience with others. I am sure it will be out of my hands soon.

"The best thing, apart from how great you feel, is being able to give up thinking about food. This left my time free for many other activities that I had only longed to do. The diet is a great inspirational tool for anyone who feels that there is always too much to do.

"Thanks, Peter, for all your consistently good advice."

Denise G. Foley

Oakland, CA

More About the Master Cleanse

As explained by Burroughs, the Master Cleanse is a detoxification program to cleanse the body of toxins, which helps to remove the cravings associated with drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and eating junk food. As he wrote, "Coffee, tea, and various cola drinks, as habit-forming beverages, also lose their appeal through the marvels of the Master Cleanse."

The lemonade is made from fresh lemon or lime juice, organic Grade B maple syrup, water and cayenne pepper. No solid food may be eaten during the cleanse.

The Master Cleanse should be done for a minimum of ten days, but it is not uncommon for people to stay on the cleanse for longer periods of time, even as long as 45 days. A good indication of when you should end the cleanse is when the fuzzy coating on the tongue that appears in the early days of the cleanse is clear and pink in the morning. This is a good sign that your body has eliminated the currently available toxins.

"I read Lose Weight, Have More Energy & Be Happier in 10 Days and did the cleanse with great success! As I did the cleanse, I already knew what to expect because it was covered so well in the book. Knowing about the detox symptoms and why I would feel good one day and bad the next, kept me going. Knowing which days were likely to be the worst was invaluable!

"I probably would have given up on the cleanse, but reading other people's reactions as they went through the cleanse day-by-day kept me on track. I'm so glad Peter put those in his book. I also bought and read The Master Cleanser by Stanley Burroughs and I'm glad I read Peter's book also.

"Burroughs' book didn't mention the five classes of detox symptoms, which days are usually the worst, or have answers to the numerous questions I and others had. I was impressed that Peter kept the actual procedure of the Master Cleanse exactly as Stanley Burroughs wrote it and gave full credit to Burroughs. It's nice to see someone that caring and honest.

"Burroughs' book was the first, but I liked the simplicity and reading ease of Peter's book."

John Lumsden
Thayer, MO

Diabetics

People who have not read all the works of Stanley Burroughs may not know he had special directions for diabetics. So, they invent variations, such as using agave nectar rather than the molasses or maple syrup of the original. However, Burroughs actually had special instructions for diabetics. His original instructions were edited out of the current edition of The Master Cleanser, but can be found in a free special report available on our download page.

"My purpose is to educate you on low- and no-cost ways others have achieved and maintained vibrant good health. Like anything else, if you want it done right, you have to do it yourself. Because everyone's body is different, you must learn what will work for you."

Peter Glickman

Complete Instructions

Complete detailed instructions have not been included here because after coaching literally thousands of people, it's been found that knowledge, not will power, is what produces the best results on the cleanse. The experiences of tens of thousands of people on Peter Glickman's forum have demonstrated that the best guarantee of success is to read Lose Weight, Have More Energy & Be Happier in 10 Days, which contains information found nowhere else.

That's why this book is published in seven countries; is carried by hundreds of bookstores including Borders, Barnes & Noble, and Waldenbooks as well as hundreds of health food stores; has been on the Amazon Alternative Medicine bestseller list for more than three years; and has been the subject of international media. To mention a few, The New York Times, The London Times, Time magazine, Boston Globe, Washington Post, Germany’s Chica magazine, Canada’s Maclean’s magazine, The New York Daily News, USA Today, Us Weekly, Geraldo’s web blog, CBS News, NBC’s Today Show, Fox TV’s The Morning Show and CNN.

What's included in my purchase?

Lose Weight, Have More Energy and Be Happier in 10 Days 160-page eBook:  ...$16.95

This is the second edition of the fun-to-read book on The Master Cleanse that contains personal experiences from dozens of people as they did the cleanse day by day as well as answers to the 69 most frequently asked questions!

Master Cleanse 31-page Journal eBook ...$4.95

This Journal will hold four 10-day cleanses, two 20-day cleanses or one 40-day cleanse with:

  • A great quote or tip for each day
  • A reminder of each daily action so you won't forget
  • Room for daily comments, weight, measurements, happiness and energy measures and
  • Before and After pictures!

Hour-long Lemonade Diet Audio Interview download ...$15.95

This is not the book on "tape." It is a professionally recorded interview for those who prefer to listen for an hour rather than read a book to get started.

This interview includes an additional live testimonial from a chiropractic physician who has seen the results in her patients and her father and an overview of the obesity problem and what causes it. It does not include answers to all the 69 most frequently asked questions. Those are found in the eBook.

The Fast Way to Health (336 pages) by Dr. Frank McCoy ...$29.95

In 1923, Dr. McCoy wrote, "I have made a most exhaustive study of every method of cure from mind cure to modern surgery and gland therapy, and I have never found a single method that could approach even closely, in its results, the benefits which come from some form of the fasting cure."

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Federal Trade Commission guidelines for testimonials in advertising require that typical results must be clearly stated.

Typical Master Cleanse results are weight loss. (Ten days on a 660 - 1320 calorie per day diet will do that for people.)

I am also required to tell you that results vary. So, you may not gain an improved mental outlook, healthier looking skin, more energy, clearer thinking; or the relief, temporary or permanent, of: asthma, arthritis pain, high blood pressure, skin rashes, digestive problems, etc. that are frequently heard, but are not typical of everyone who does the Master Cleanse.

The statements and testimonials on this site have not been evaluated by any government agency and are not intended to medically diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Cleanse recipes are recommended based upon traditional wellness beliefs. Food, nutritional or other products are not offered to diagnose or prescribe for medical or psychological conditions nor to claim to prevent, treat, mitigate or cure such conditions, nor to recommend specific nutritional products as treatment of disease or to provide diagnosis, care, treatment or rehabilitation of individuals, or apply medical, mental health or human development principles, to provide diagnosing, treating, operating or prescribing for any human disease, pain, injury, deformity or physical condition. The information in this web page is not a substitute for medical advice from your primary care physician. The advice and products that may be recommended are offered as therapies that may benefit normal structure and function only.

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