The Master Cleanser, by Stanley Burroughs

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The most effective cleansing program available, <i>The Master Cleanser</i> will show you how to detoxify your body and simplify the correction of many disorders.

Therapeutic Fasting to Alleviate Toxemia

June 16, 1991, marked the passing of Stanley Burroughs, a pioneer in the field of alternative health care. Author of Healing for the Age of Enlightenment and The Master Cleanser, Stanley was a man renowned for his research into the role of toxemia in disease.

Since his research and writings have influenced my own life and work to such a great extent, I feel compelled to share with you some of the highlights of one of his most important therapeutic tools the Master Cleanser Lemonade Fast.

It was in 1979 that I under took a specific type of cleansing program in order to prove to my roommate it would not work! This program involved The Lemonade Diet, developed by Burroughs in 1941. It initially came about in response to his need to find a better method to treat ulcers, and it was some years later that he realized that this diet treated many other diseases successfully too. So he named it the Master Cleanser.

This cleansing program worked so well for me that I went on to study all of Stanley Burroughs work. From 1979 to 1980, I did 100 total days of the program and never felt better in my life.

Specific Procedures

The Master Cleanser is a liquid mono-diet that cleanses and detoxifies the body as it stimulates healthy tissue growth. It consists of fresh lime or lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper mixed with water and taken 6–12 times a day. A herbal laxative tea is also taken twice a day, and no other food is consumed.

This regimen can be followed for 10 days, and it may also be safely extended to 40 or more days, depending upon a person's physical condition.

Toxemia and Disease

To understand why this therapeutic diet works, it is necessary to understand what disease is from a holistic perspective. Disease is simply the accumulation of wastes, toxins, or poisons in the body, which create the myriad of symptomatic illnesses we see so prevalent today.

The glands and organs of our elimination system can easily become overwhelmed by wastes from poor diet, lack of exercise, tension, air and water pollution, etc. As much as several pounds of waste can literally become impacted in the colon, adhering to the walls. Over time, the waste will then begin to leach into the blood stream, causing it to be re-circulated throughout the body and settled into the tissues and cells. This settling of toxins is the final step that acts as a precursor to disease because its constant presence weakens the cells and eventually the entire immune system.

It stands to reason, then, that cleansing the body of this accumulated waste serves to rejuvenate the innate healing mechanisms of the body. They can then function at optimal capacity to restore health and vitality. The less toxicity that is present in the body, the greater our vital force becomes.

Physiological Process

Because the act of digesting food consumes our energy on an ongoing basis, it follows that the elimination of solid food for short periods of time will make the energy normally used for digestion available for the process of detoxification. Thus the first step is to stop eating food so that the lemonade drink can commence its work.

Because the lemonade drink is easily assimilated, it places little or no demand on the digestive system. Fresh squeezed lemon or lime juice is a powerful cleanser for the body, and it is also high in vitamins. Additionally, these is the only fruits (or vegetables) to contain cationic and anionic minerals.

Lemon also helps loosen and break up mucus in the body. Mucus is one of the body's defenses to protect it self against irritations. When too much mucus settles in any one area, disease is the natural outcome.

Those of you familiar with color therapy will also know that lemon, when consumed fresh squeezed, releases the colour that stimulates the body to cleanse itself.

Cayenne pepper, another key ingredient of the diet, breaks up this mucous and acts as a cleanser for the digestive, respiratory, and circulatory systems. It is used by herbalists to treat a wide range of problems and to enhance the effectiveness of many other herbs.

The maple syrup provides energy from an unprocessed sugar that still contains many of its original nutrients.

(The absence of minerals and vitamins in processed sugars makes the digestive system rob the body of these precious nutrient stores in order to metabolize the sugars. If too many processed foods are eaten, the pancreas seems to be one of the first organs affected, often resulting in hypoglycemia and then further deterioration of the pancreas.)

The herbal laxative tea is used to stimulate peristalsis of the colon, since the only other way to do it is to eat a diet high in fibre. The lemonade drink, or Master Cleanser, having no fiber, must include a laxative to remove the waste as it is being shed from the colon wall. Otherwise waste will stay in the body, leading to tiredness and any number of problems.

Purpose: Education. (Learn more about the difference between Marketing and Education materials.)

Publication: 1976.

Pages: 50.

Binding: Softcover.

Size: 5¼" 8¼".

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