The Master Cleanse:
The Master Cleanse is a prolonged period of limited intake with the intention of detoxification. It’s a form of ‘body cleanse’ – an attempt to induce the mass release of accumulated chemicals. Poisons are stored within fat cells, and breaking down these reserves (by severely restricting calories) releases the poisons. These are then eliminated from the body with the aid of herbal laxative tea and the saline flush.
All over the world and throughout the ages, people have fasted for mental, physical, and spiritual benefit. However, Western medicine has limited interaction with these practices. There is little accepted research, and virtually no peer-reviewed studies. Modern medicine and traditional techniques seem unable to reconcile their differences, and so the validity of the mechanism is highly (and hotly!) debatable.
Personally, I would encourage anyone to consider cleansing. I learned so much about myself during my first Master Cleanse. Now, a year later, I’m looking forward to round two! If you’re interested in joining, please please do your research before you jump in. Remember, knowledge is power and education is your own responsibility. So do your homework, investigate the pros and the cons, and follow your own intuition. You know what’s best for your body. Trust yourself.
Here are some simple starting places -
The Wikipedia article, for a general ‘unbiased’ overview
A summary pdf of the original text by Stanley Burroughs
An article from the standard perspective of a western medical doctor
Will I see you next week for the big kick-off? Whether you’ll be cleansing or not, participation in the discussion is always welcome. Monday morning marks the start, with a delicious saline flush (blech!). Hope to see you there!