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The Master Cleanse
The Origin of The Lemonade Diet
by Stanley Burroughs (excerpt from the book The Master Cleanser)
The lemonade diet, about to be described, has successfully and consistently demonstrated its eliminative and building ability.
Lemons and limes are the richest source of minerals and vitamins of any
food or foods known to man, and they are available the year round. Thus
the program may be used successfully any month of the year and virtually
This program first proved itself in the healing of stomach ulcers over forty years ago. Permission was given by Bob Norman to share this incident of my first experience with the diet.
One day, shortly prior to my first meeting with Bob, I was inspired to write this diet in complete form as a means to give relief and to heal stomach ulcers in ten days. I rapidly wrote it down in detail and waited for a test case - which always seemed to come when it was needed.
Bob Norman had suffered with his ulcer for nearly three years. During this time he had tried everything then known to help, but nothing in the way of medicine or treatment gave anything but momentary relief. He had to eat something every two hours or he was in extreme pain. For the preceding three months he had been living on little other than goats milk. His doctor wanted to operate but he refused to have it done. He figured anything would be better than that. He told me I was the last person he would go to. If I couldn't help him, he would just go home and die, as life was hardly worth living in this condition.
An explanation of the cause of an ulcer is necessary at this point. There is sodium coating covering the entire inside wall of the stomach which, if it remains intact, will prevent the digestive juices from digesting the stomach itself. However, when any form of flesh food enters the stomach, the meat attracts the sodium in the same way as the walls of the stomach. Some of the sodium is drawn from the walls and gathers around the meat, thus preventing the digestion of the meat in the stomach and at the same time depleting the sodium on the walls the stomach.
As one continues to eat meat and a deficiency of sodium in the diet occurs, the sodium lining is not being replaced on the walls of the stomach. The digestive juices then start digesting the stomach, producing what we call an ulcer. When this occurs, all orthodox methods to heal the ulcer fail completely.
Sometimes meat can remain in the stomach for two or more hours and begin to ferment and spoil. To be broken down and digested it must pass on into the small intestine. All forms of meat take longer to digest than do fruit and vegetables. Chicken and other fowl take the longest of all. Just because meat is already a form of flesh, it does not follow that it is readily usable to our bodies. In fact, just the reverse is true.
When one considers that flesh foods of all kinds are extremely toxic, it becomes apparent that they are an extremely undesirable form of nourishment. In the eating of meat, one must take into account all of our eliminative organs. They are made primarily to take care of our own wastes. When we add animal flesh, containing the wastes of its cells (or drugs and other unusable materials), extra work is required of these organs and various forms of trouble will eventually develop.
Remember that all solid food must be broken down into a liquid form to be carried by the blood before it can nourish the body. Flesh foods of all kinds (including fish) take much longer to reach this state and are less useful to the body than fruit, vegetables, and seeds.
Back to our story. After all of Bob's explanation, I asked him if he would like to have his ulcer healed in ten days. He answered "Yes" so I handed him the paper with the diet on it. He read it over carefully and handed it back with the explanation that he could never do that as all expert advice for three years had told him to never use citrus, and this was nothing but lemonade.
Since orthodox methods had failed completely to heal his ulcer, I reasoned that their advice could be wrong. And since the lemonade diet was contrary to the accepted practices (which had failed), logic told me that it might do the healing. I knew it could do no harm and was confident only good could come from it.
I explained to Bob that if all of this expert advice was correct, his ulcer would have been healed years ago! It was just possible that the very thing he was told not to use might be the one thing he needed. He thought it over and decided, "All right, I'll try it... even if it kills me!" He was assured that this would not happen.
After five days of the diet Bob called me. Even though he had no pain
from the beginning, he was afraid that suddenly all the pain would return
and he would be miserable again. Formerly he had to eat something every
two hours or he would be in pain, and the previous day he had gone eight
hours without food or drink - with
On the eleventh day he was examined by his doctor and the ulcer had been completely healed. Needless to say, his doctor was the most amazed because he had given Bob a complete examination, including X-ray, prior to the diet and had recommended an immediate operation because he would not have long to live otherwise.
Many other cases of ulcers followed with the same constant results in
only ten days. Numerous other disorders were also corrected during the
ten day period, in person after person.
Throughout the country thousands of people have done the Master Cleanse Program and will say that it really does work! They will tell you that the Master Cleanse (or the Lemonade Diet) is the fastest and most effective way to regain your vitality and to feel the joy of living again. As an added bonus, it will help you lose weight and give you more energy each day.
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Stanley Burroughs developed the lemonade juice diet as a liquid mono-diet that produces a detoxifying and cleansing effect to the body. Based on his medical observations, Burroughs saw that the lemonade diet aids the stimulation of healthy tissue growth. Burroughs' "Master Cleanse", also known as the Lemonade Diet, was originally intended as a new and more effective method to treat ulcers. A pioneer of alternative medicine, Stanley Burroughs is also known for his other classic alternative medical text, Healing for the Age of Enlightenment.
The Stanley Burroughs' Lemonade Diet is a dietary program that should be followed for at least ten days and can be performed for forty days or more. Unlike other diets, the Burroughs' Master Cleanse is not designed primarily for weight loss, but for body cleansing. Also known as the Lemonade Fast, the Lemonade Diet is recommended for individuals who are suffering from a serious medical condition. Although the Lemonade Fast is sometimes viewed with skepticism in the medical community, tens thousands of users of this treatment in the last several decades vouch for its validity.
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