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Summer Detoxin’

A friend of mine is doing the Master Cleanse fast (a.k.a the Lemonade Diet) right now. Seems like the perfect time for an intestinal roto-rooter. The popular detox, created by the late naturopath Stanley Burroughs in the 1970s, is designed to sweep the intestines and give greater vitality. Here’s the deal, according to a website with comprehensive descriptions of the plan and its effects:

For a minimum of 10 days, drink:


2 Tablespoons (1 fluid ounce) fresh-squeezed lemon or lime juice (approx. ½ lemon)

2 Tablespoons (1 fluid ounce) organic Grade B maple syrup, not maple-flavored sugar syrup or syrup from companies that use formaldehyde to harvest their syrup

1/10 Teaspoon or more cayenne pepper (hot red pepper)

1 Cup (8 fluid ounces) purified or spring water, NOT fluoridated water.

Drink six to twelve glasses of this lemonade mixture daily. No food is eaten nor any vitamin supplements taken during the cleanse. If you get hungry, have another glass of lemonade.

You can drink more plain water, if you want.

You should read more at or this book, “Lose Weight, Have More Energy and Be Happier in 10 Days,” and talk to your doctor before trying it. You can also chat with others about the cleanse on these bulletin boards.


My friend, on the cleanse for about a week now, is even perkier than before; according to this, you won’t feel hungry if you follow the instructions. You’ll also clear out all kinds of mucus and toxic nasties. Most people go through a phase where they feel tired or headachey, but lemonade devotees say that clears after day three. I’m considering giving it a try.

Have you done the Master Cleanse? What was it like? Are there other cleanses that you like?

by Valerie Reiss (Amy’s on vacation)

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posted June 16, 2006 at 4:22 pm

Hi, I do the Blessed Herb 21 day cleans every spring and it feels great. I must have recommended it to more than 20 friends and they all do it as well. You can check it out at Lena>

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posted June 16, 2006 at 6:25 pm

I have done the Master Cleanse and so have several other of my clients. It has been very effective in energizing and alkalizing. All have maintained their weight loss with only a couple pounds gained back. They all lost between 8-15 pounds for women and 10-20 pounds for men. They also lost body fat instead of lean body mass. I’ve never felt better and we all did it a couple months ago and still glowing with energy!>

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alana perrault

posted June 20, 2006 at 9:18 pm

Last month, at the urging of a medical colleague, I did a Boots 5-Day Detox (available online and at Target and CVS stores). It was a mild and effective detoxifier and restorative. Good value, also, at about US$15.00. For anyone who is new to detox/cleanse, this is a good place to start. I’ve done other cleanses in the past, under the guidance of an MD, DO or homeopath. All were limited to liquids only and in one case, a vitamin regime. I never detoxed for more than 14 days, but understand that each body differs in composition, toxicity, absorption and tolerance. That just happened to be my golden mean. BTW, I read a number of the posts on the bulletin boards you linked. Many of them were irresponsible, and often, scary. Lots of unhealthy people searching for quick weight loss, wholeness, fullness or a million other things a cleanse won’t fix. Seems the Master Cleanse site could use a good mental health link, too.>

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Ginger Golden

posted June 21, 2006 at 6:41 am

I invite all to check out this website! The cleanse is cellular instead of simply intestinal.Your energy levels go up and a feeling of calm surges through your body.All of the products are superior!OH! but there is a tiny side effect….you lose weight and keep it off! And I must add there is NO ephedrea or ma haung or other stimulates.Just clears the body …so the body can heal itself.Check it out.I sincerely beleive these products were divinely inspired. GiGi>

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posted July 16, 2006 at 10:20 pm

I am desperately looking for something to help me with my impacted colon/intestines. Would this Master Cleanse fast help with that or is there something else that might be better?>

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posted August 26, 2006 at 3:59 am

yeah, me and group of friends just all did it and blogged about it.>

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