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Posted by Kelly (Bellingham, Wa, Us) on 04/05/2011


I just wanted to share my experience with the Master Cleanse. I did it 2 years ago. The first 4 days were great and I was feeling wonderful, the 5th day not so much. I started going down hill on the 5th day and on the 6th day I landed in the hospital on the Cardiac floor. I did everything exactly like the diet said. I am in the medical field, so I do understand how PH works etc. Mine, incidentally, was 7. 11 at the time I was admitted. This is extremely acidic! The ER Physician, told my son, "If you hadn't have brought your mother in this evening, she wouldn't have been around in the morning".

They actually thought I drank "antifreeze" because the only time they had seen a human poisoned in this way was with that type of poisoning. It took me 2 days to convince them that, I had only been on the Master Cleanse and nothing else!!! They thought I had tried to commit suicide!!!

My heart went into arrythmias and was 173 while I was laying down in the ER.

My symptoms started with feeling queasy the evening of the 5th day after starting the cleanse, to throwing up repeatedly throughout the morning of the 6th, and profuse diarrhea. I got so weak I couldn't walk or hold my head up. My son found me on the floor barely conscious.

I just want people to see the other side of this "cleanse". It washes your electrolytes out FAST. I was only 42 years old when I did this, and in good health. I wanted to try it to "detox".

PLEASE BE CAREFUL! If my son didn't find me when he did, I know I wouldn't be alive now. I've been in the medical field for 21 years, so if it can happen to me, it can happen to anyone. I also met a nurse in Eastern Wa who told me a woman had died several years ago from this cleanse. For her.. it was too late.


Replied by Vicki
(Austin, Texas)

I'm confused about your remark about the ph of 7.11. A ph of 7 is neutral, and anything above 7 is moving toward "basic" not acidic.

Replied by Bryana
(Ithaca, New York)

Normal human blood pH is 7.35-7.45. Therefore 7.11 is too acidic. Our blood is slightly alkaline.

Replied by M21
(Vancouver, Bc)

My experience wasn't that severe, but I had a really bad experience with master cleanse too. I got so weak, my whole body was shaking, I was sick like never in my life. Maybe those are detox symptoms, but such detox is way to hard on the body, I think. There is simply no quick fix, balance is the key.

Replied by Van
(Sunnyvale, Ca, Usa)

Errrmmm...I have a natural PH of 6.25-6.5 and I NEVER had any major issues. Rarely get sick. My skin is perfect too. All my medical test pass flying colors. Healthy as a horse. So 7.11 is not too acidic and that is not the issue.

Perhaps there was issues with the source of your water or lemons. I am wondering if you used organic lemons or the cheap kind or had any household chemicals laying around. Like the lemon might have fallen on the floor, table, etc, etc. Might of been a chemical reaction with something else inside your body.

I had a friend who did the lemon cleanse and lost 20lbs in one month. No health issues. I personally don't like to side on extremes. South beach works for me.

Replied by Van
(Sunnyvale, Ca, Usa)

Also, if your Master Cleanse consists of chemicals like Borax I wouldn't recommend it because there is food grade and household uses grade which is dangerous according to my materials data sheet.

The master cleanse I know is just water (not distilled), organic lemons, cayenne peppers and maple syrup.

Replied by Kelly
(Bellingham, Wa)

I just thought I'd check back and see if there were any responses to my "nay" on the master cleanse. There are a couple of people who are confused, and I forget, not everyone is medical minded, and I should have stated my PH was NOT my urine PH. A normal urine Ph CAN be anywhere from 4.8 to 8. That is correct. However, the Ph I was referring to was my ABG results. An ABG is an arterial blood gas. Blood is drawn directly from your artery. 7.11 is dangerously low for a Ph and I scared alot of people that night, not only at the hospital but my family members :-(. Frequently, a person with a Ph of less then 7. 20 (arterial) is a strong candidate for a ventilator (a machine that breathes for you)... So 7.11 REALLY did freak some people out, including myself. Also, I DID use ALL organic lemons, maple syrup, distilled water etc. This diet is just NOT for everyone. Please be careful!

Replied by Sarah
(Dallas, Texas)

This is a reply to Kelly. The first time I tried a fast, I also got dangerously sick and weak. My husband nearly called an ambulance, but I told him to just bring me some carbs instead--stuff like pasta. And after eating a little, I began to feel better. Then, a friend let me read his copy of the book The Master Cleanse, by Stanley Burroughs. Have you actually read this book? The key thing which I needed to do, to avoid sickness, was to keep bowels moving somehow. This might be why you got so sick. The book says that fasting without having bowel movements, is like sweeping the dirt around and around on your floor, without picking it up in a dustpan. If you don't move all those toxins out, and they are letting loose because you are on a fast, then you will feel extremely sick and weak and head-achy. I have fasted many times since then, and the thing which keeps me from getting sick, is keeping bowels moving from day one. Now, the book says to drink a precise mixture of water and salt, and chug it down every day--and it really works (the salt water comes out the other end in about an hour)! --if you get the balance just right for your body. But it's awful to drink all that salt water! I found that a good colon cleanse with psyllium, bentonite clay, and fruit pectin works great.

Replied by Citygirl27
(Richardson, Tx, USA)

Perhaps some psyllium in a glass of water each day while doing this cleanse can help sweep out your system of the cleanse by-products.

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Posted by Saba (Mentor, Oh) on 10/19/2010

Is the master cleanse ok for a type 2 diabetic? Is a cup of maple syrup a day, ok? If it helps in weight loss it should be good for a diabetic? I appreciate your time.

Replied by Carly
(Seattle, Wa Usa)

I would say NO - do not do this without talking to a doctor first. My brother was a diabetic.... And I know enough to know that this does not sound like a good idea. Please research more, and speak to a doctor before attempting ANY kind of a fast if you are diabetic, or very bad things could occur. Best to you,


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Posted by Joyful (Memphis, Tn, Usa) on 05/20/2010

I was eager to start the Master Cleanse (recipe I used to follow) after doing much research. However, a question arises: is it okay to replace a meal or two with the Master Cleanse instead of doing ONLY the Master Cleanse throughout the day? For example, I did the Master Cleanse drink for breakfast and lunch, but by mid/late afternoon I was ravenous (but not shaky or irritable) so I ate some protein. For dinner I ate a large salad with a lean protein. I'm on the 3rd day of doing this protocol and I'm curious what others think. Thanks in advance!

10 oz steam-distilled water
2 tbsp lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
1 tbsp BSM
1/10 cayenne powder
1 tbsp raw ACV
1 tbsp raw honey
pinch of borax
dash of ginger
dash of (real) cinnamon

Replied by Juliette
(Santa Fe, Nm)

I'm currently doing the 'Clean' cleanse by Alejandro Junger. He advocats liquid meals for breakfast and dinner, and solid food (no sauces or anything though - for example today I'm having salmon grilled with VCO, sauteed broccoli rabe and arugula salad). I'm enjoying it, and feeling really great - and it's easy to maintain because you do eat some real food. The rational for having a liquid meal at night (a blended raw soup - last night was zuchinni, celery, basil, avocado and a little olive oil and sea salt) is that if you leave at least 12 hour window for digestion the body kicks into detox mode - which is why the last meal is very light. SO! I'm sure you could master cleanse and eat a little too - so long as you follow clean eating guidelines - it might just take a little longer.

Replied by Brenda
(Sherman , Texas)

What is bsm??? I understood all else but what is bsm????

EC: bsm= blackstrap molasses

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Posted by Fabat50 (Sb, Ca) on 02/16/2010

i just did 21 days on master cleanse, the 3rd day is the hardest, I had lots of energy lost 22 lbs, Im 50 and have hypothyroid and [sedentary, trying to change that]. in the am I mix 1 cup fresh lemon juice with 1 cup maple B syrup, add cayene 1tsp or so, I put in a two cup container and throughout the day I add about 2 oz to a large glass of ice water.

The salt flush I only did once, I just did the tea twice a day! I plan to do the fast again in 6 weeks.

Replied by Fabat50
(Sb, Usa)

Its me again, Just came off master cleanse (mc) again, did 10 days this time, feel great! Ive lost 12 more pounds for a total
of 37 in 12 weeks. In about 6 weeks I plan on doing it again! In between mc, Im eating super healthy, Mostly
vegetarian, I have been exercising, drinking lots of water.. Give it a try,

PS Im NOT doing the salt flush, just the tea, mc and lots of water, GOOD LUCK

Replied by Fabat50
(Sb, Usa)

Me again, I'm down 50 lbs. Feel great, going to Curves for the past 6 months. I alternate master cleanse with healthy eating. It has worked for me.

Replied by Fabat50
(Sb, Usa)

Its been 8 months, for a total of 60 lbs lost. I'm coming off another 21 day master cleanse. Lost 20 lbs. I feel GREAT!

Replied by Happyheart
(Hudson, Fl)

WoW! Congratulations on your success with MC, and thank you for keeping your success updated here. You are inspiring me to try this!

Replied by Vanessa
(Garden Grove, Ca)

What do you eat during the master cleanse? I am trying to lose weight and I wanted to know if when you drink the drinks, can you still eat or just drink them before each meal? I am desperate to try this... let me know, thank you.

Replied by Jay
(Toronto, Ont, Canada)

Here is the full Master Cleanse booklet in a pdf format.

Read it for yourself:


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Posted by Rob (Indianapolis, Indiana) on 07/29/2009

Master Cleanse (1/2 lemon, 2 tablespoons Grade B Maple Syrup and a little Cayenne)

I followed the Master Cleanse for 7 days. I did for both detox and weight loss. The weight came off rapidly, I lost 14 lbs over 7 days. I hadn't been able to lose more than 3-4 lbs during several previous attempts with restricting calories and working out.

I took one day with no food and just orange juice to come off, but the second day I started eating, especially at night. I would think the longer you go the more you need to follow the 3 days to get off program.

I would advise anyone to take a laxative. I didn't the first couple days and when I started the first couple days weren't pleasant. After that it became pain free. I would be more than willing to go back on in the future. Overcoming the psychological hurdle to only drink lemonade was hard. It was also a bit annoying to keep making the same concoction several times a day everyday.

best wishes

Replied by Gean
(Salina, KS)

Did you drink the lemon juice/maple syrup/cayenne pepper once a day for seven days? Thank you.

Replied by Eve K
(Houston, Tx)

The lemonade can be consumed all day long, hot or cold. It is important to do the right ratios. Followed properly, the lemonade should deliver about 1200 calories per day and adequate nutrients/electrolytes to sustain normal activities. Get the book or read the official website, you will want to do the salt cleanse in the morning and take a laxative tea in the evenings. Personally I think the lemonade is delicious hot.

Replied by Rob
(Indianapolis, In)

I drank the lemon juice throughout the day. I usually left the pulp in too. I think I had as many as 11 glasses in one day.

It still was difficult to keep making the lemonade to keep up with my hunger. I wish there was someway to make a gallon at a time, but when I left some in the fridge in a bottled water container it was completely disgusting and undrinkable.

Replied by Maureen
(Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada)

Hi Rob, I have been making the Master Cleanse Lemonade for the past 10 years since going on a version of the cleanse. However, I still make the lemonade regulary as I like it. I make a 4 quart batch using 12 lemons and keep it in the fridge for two weeks or more. I strain the lemonade three times (until it flows through the strainer without any hint of pulp) and also I do not add cayenne pepper. When I feel like taking the cayenne pepper I add it to the individual glass. So maybe by not straining the lemonade and if you add the cayenne pepper up front, it affects the shelf life. I hope this helps you. Maureen

Replied by P
(South America)

I have been doing fasts or modified diets like the MC for about 4 years now, once or twice a year. I highly advise people against doing it for weight loss reasons, unless it is followed and an improved diet change. You will get the weight back and ti could come with a vengeance. I think it could lead to other eating disorders too, who knows.

I have done MCs ranging from 7 to 21 days, strictly by the book and following the rules. The weight does come off (and a BUNCH of other nasty stuff too, if you have been there you know what I mean). I do it for health maintenance reasons, and follow it by a strictly vegetarian diet for about a month, then go back to my normal diet where everything is ok in moderation. It's an amazing experience.

Last time I fasted on water only and nothing more. You don't get the energy levels you get with the MC, but I found I was hungry less. It was easier, and more practical than making juice all day!

Replied by Kyra
(Cortlandt Manor, New York, Usa)

You can not receive the full health benefits of the Master Cleanse Lemonade if you eliminate the pulp. We are supposed to eat our fruit not drink it, when you juice fruits and vegetables u take away vital nutrients and fiber, so in the case of a liquid fast, it is important to get as much of the fruit as possible.

Replied by Briana

I am very interested in this but I have no idea what I have to take or how many times or when or what I can eat with it. Please it would be very helpful if someone could reply back with this info. Thank u so much

Replied by Kelly
(Cambridge, Ma)

If you go to TheMasterCleanse. org, you will find all of the recipe details and directions.

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Posted by Felicia (New Rochelle, New York, USA) on 03/09/2009

I've used the Master Cleanser ("MC") for the past 5 years at least 3 or 4 times each year. I personally think this is by far the BEST cleansing fast I've ever tried. I highly recommend reading the entire "MC" booklet before trying the cleanse. It contains a wealth of information that should NOT be carelessly overlooked.

During the 5 years I've done the fast (always, the recommended 10 days), along with propper diet and exercise changes, I lost approximately 75lbs. I do agree, that the "MC" should not be used as a weight-loss regimine alone, but with propper diet and exercise, I feel it is an excellent way to maintain good health. I'm 46 years old, and thanks to this fast and the changes I've made in lifestyle re diet and exercise, I've been able to maintain the majority of my weight loss.

PS: You don't need to add the Cayenne pepper if you don't want to, but it aids in the removal of mucus. That's why if you have a cold, and you do the fast for 2 or 3 days, the cold will disappear immediately.

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Posted by Chu (Edmond, Oklahoma) on 08/04/2008


i had decided to try the master cleanse for weight loss, i need to loose on 5-10lbs,,,this cleanse is a difficult one to follow but i was able to go through the whole ten days, after the ten days were over i was able to loose those extra pounds i need to lose,,,however only after one week i gained it all back plus 10 extra pounds!!! so do this only if you want to gain weight.

Replied by Peter
(Sao Paulo, Brazil)


I have been doing the Master Cleanse for a couple a years, once or twice a year. The longest I have been on it was 21 days.

The MC should NEVER be used as a weight loss program. That is the quickest way to getting an eating disorder.

The MC is a wonderful way to clear up health issues while learing about your body and natural detox processes. You will lose some pounds, but they will most likely come back on. Just make sure you have the right intentions.

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Posted by Tracey (NH) on 04/27/2008

I've done juice fast several times with no problems. I've tried the master cleanse twice now. Both times the room was spinning by lunchtime, to the point I had to eat. Not to mention the cayenne turned my stomach something awful.

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Posted by Pat (Marble Falls, Texas) on 02/17/2008

I needed to clean my head and body of toxins and fat so I did 20 days on the lemonaid, cayenne and maple syrup fast. It was great. I never felt hungry. I had lots of energy so kept my schedule up no problem. I lost 15 pounds and feel really good. I would recommend this to anyone who needs change. 10 oz. good cold water 1 teaspoon maple syrup the good stuff grade A or better. 1/2 fresh squeezed lemon. Two dashes of cayenne pepper. I added two ice cubes and drank it from a straw. Thanks for this site. I love it!

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Posted by Shaunna (Denver, Colorado) on 12/20/2007

I did the Master Cleanse Lemonade diet for both detoxing and weight loss. My first time out I remained on the lemonade for 21 days. I lost a total of 22 lbs and have kept it off no problem. I have done shorter periods on the lemonade and found that only going at least 21 days resulted in permanent weight loss. The first week is really just your body getting rid of water and toxins so you'll gain that weight back if you stop at just one week. The longer you can remain on the program the greater your detoxing and weight loss results will be. My eyes went from permanently bloodshot to bright white while on the lemonade. I had a ton of energy and no brain fog. One thing to note, if you suspect you may be someone with very low histamine levels this may not be for you. I have low histamine levels (histapenia) and I believe this diet lowers them ever further. I became very short tempered and testy during certain points in the fast. If you are interested look for Stanley Burroughs' book about the Master Cleanser fast

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Posted by Sarah (Salt Lake City, Utah) on 12/16/2007

The Lemonade Cleanse. I lost 25 pounds. You take the juice of half a lemon, real genuine maple syrup grade A,B or C, (not the fake kind. 1/10th of a teaspoon of cayenne pepper. You mix that in with 10 oz of water. You drink this anywhere from 6 to 10 times a day. You don't eat anything else. The only other thing you want to take is an herbal lexative tea, and a salt bath. Drink the herbal lexative tea every night before you go to bed, then the salt bath every morning when you wake up. The recipe for the salt bath is 2 teaspoons of sea salt mixed in with a quart of luke warm water. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time before you leave the house, because after drinking the salt water mixture you will be going potty for about 2 hours. I'd buy the booThe Master Cleanser Book by Stanley Burroughs. This book explains the process and answers all your questions. You have to go on the diet for atleast ten days. I really gotta say, it cured my acid indigestion, depression, and all kinds of other things that were wrong with me. I'd reccommend it to anybody.

If you're diabetic you would use Molasses instead of the maple syrup. Just research it first, then go for it.

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Posted by Jessie (Knoxville, TN) on 05/22/2006

My Aunt Mary (who's quite heavy) and I (heavy, soon to be quite heavy if I don't do something to change things) were sitting in the emergency room waiting area waiting for news of my grandmother when this little old man leaned over and asked my aunt, "Would you like to lose some weight?" To her credit, rather than gasping, or blushing or getting affronted, Aunt Mary replied, "Absolutely." So the old man pointed to his little old wife and said, "Would you believe that she used to weight over 300 pounds?" Then the old lady took over. Apparently she'd been very heavy, but she stumbled across a weight loss secret that worked wonders for her. According to her, if you mix 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar (preferably the "light" rather than the "dark" kind -- but I've only been able to find the dark) and two tablespoons of honey in 1 quart of warm water (warm to dissolve the honey) and drink the mixture over the course of the day, the pounds just fall off. It worked for her, and for numerous friends of hers, and now she tells everyone she meets who she thinks might benefit from the info. I don't know if this works, but I'm giving it a shot -- after all, an extra quart of water per day certainly won't hurt, and ACV isn't bad for you. I'm finding the taste very unpleasant, but a few sips every hour or so is enough to get the whole quart down before the day is over. I don't know if this is easier or harder than the 2-3 tablespoons in a glass of water before meals option, but for those with irregular meal times and locations (like me), gradual consumption from a quart water bottle over the course of the day is an easy answer. We'll see if it works; in the meantime, I figured I'd give the nice old lady's advice a wider audience than a rural Missouri hospital waiting room. Fingers crossed!

Replied by Laurie
(Stavely, Alberta)

I would love to know how things went with Jessie from Knoxville drinking 1/2 cup ACV in 1 qt of water and 2 Tbsp Honey.

Replied by Dix

I, too, am wondering how things went for Jesse. I'm grateful she posted her story, though.

I read this story 4 days ago and have been following her instructions. I lost 3 lbs in 3 days and went up a little last night. These are preliminary results and I'm not worried about that.

My problem is that I'm wired. I used to nap in the afternoons, which I LOVED, but not only am I not napping, I'm not sleeping very long at night. Some people might like this, but I don't. I like getting plenty of sleep. It adds to the quality of my social interactions as I'm more relaxed and have a better sense of fun and humor when I'm getting more sleep.

Does anyone have any experience or advice regarding this? I may try BSM instead of honey and see if the different minerals help with sleeping.

TIA for any info if you have experience with this.

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Posted by Carol (Republic, Washington)

The cleanse:

apple cider vinegar (1/2 cup),
juice of two fresh squeezed lemons,
maple syrup (to taste), and
cayenne pepper (as much as you can stand) is a great weight loss combo.....

Go on a fast for one day, only sip this "lemonade" the second day, only liquids and this lemonade the third day, chicken noodle soup and the lemonade (or cabbage soup) the fourth day -- add fresh veggies, not carrots. And the fifth day, one regular meal and the lemonade, and you can be anywhere from 10 to 15 pounds thinner, and feel great!

I used to weigh 289 pounds, I now weigh 135 pounds... and no one believes I am soon to be 47 years old... I also give my hubby the same thing, but substitute black molasses for the honey as he is pre-diabetic. Gives him instant energy and helps him digest his meals and he feels less sluggish,... I love ACV!!

Replied by Doris
(Jackson, MI)

How much water do you use to make this lemonade? I'm sure you don't just drink the above without water...do you? Thanks for your response because I am anxious to try this one.

Replied by Cheryl
(Tecumseh, Ontario)

It is NOT true ... that the concoction should be drank without water. Here is the recipe:

How to Make Lemonade
2 Tbsp lemon or lime juice (approx. 1/2 lemon)
2 Tbsp genuine maple syrup (not maple flavored sugar syrup)
1/10 Tsp cayenne pepper (red pepper) or to taste
Water, medium hot (spring or purified water)

Combine the juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper in a 10 oz. glass and fill with medium hot water. (Cold water may be used if preferred.) Use fresh lemons or limes only, never canned lemon or lime juice nor frozen lemonade or frozen juice. Use organic lemons when possible.

Replied by David
(Cleveland, Ohio USA)

For the ACV lemonade fast that Carol from Washington talked about. What happens after day 5? Do you just repeat day 5 until you are done or do you start over?

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Posted by Jose (South Boston, MA) on 07/28/2008

Mint and green tea: one cup at night and in the morning after breakfast, complete balance for healthy overall feeling, i try and it help me to be able to loose any weight i want. You need to be relax to be able to commit yourself to any endeavor. Add to it yoga or extreching and if you are happy you will do it again and againg. the most important part is to have fun doing it. Since you want to be healthy and because you love yourself. In general once you balance your hormones then you can feel good to do anything and that is what mint tea and green tea do.

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Posted by Karen (Whitby, Ontario, Canada) on 07/27/2018

I am currently 75 pounds overweight. I have all of the symptoms of having a thyroid issue yet tests are normal. I am acidic. So I am taking the following daily:

flax seed, greens, a good multivitamin for 40+ women, a digestive enzyme plus ox bile with every meal, adrenal support, I stopped eating anything prepared and eat fresh veggies, fruit and lean protein. I also take 5-HTP and an herbal sleep aid. I make a tea daily with 2 litres water, ginger root, lemon, baking soda, ACV and honey.

None of this is making any difference. I usually have a protein shake with 3/4 c almond milk, a banana, greens and flax for breakfast with all of my supplements- then I won't eat much all day until 2-3 pm because I don't get hungry. I have been sleeping a lot. I have a hard time falling asleep at night then I can sleep until 12-1 pm if I am off.

I have battled with depression but the supplements help. I need to lose weight and get some energy, or I need to sleep and never eat to lose weight. One or the other I don't know what else to do. Exercise makes me gain. Help

Replied by Teresa

Check out the book "The Iodine Crisis". By Lynne Farrow.
Lots of information.