Master Cleanse versus Juice Fasting

By: Ron Lagerquist

Master Cleanse Pros

Simplicity: The most frequent question Freedomyou receives is, “How much juice should I can drink?” in spite of answering this question numerous times throughout the articles. (I will answer it here again, as much as you want) The second most common question deals with when and what type of juice to drink. Uncertainty is one of the quickest ways to permanently shut a fast down, especially for first-time fasters. People want to be sure they are doing it right. Where the Master Cleanse shines is in its simplicity. At the beginning of each day, you mix about a gallon jug of juice and go, no questions asked.

Ease of use: Juice fasting involves a certain amount of daily preparation and cleanup. There is chopping, juicing and straining the juice. Add to that washing the cutting board, juicer and counter. This can require an hour a day if preparing all your juice ahead of time. The only cutting required for the Master Cleanse is lemons, and preparation can be as little as 15 minutes a day. For some people, this will be the difference between success and failure.

Master Cleanse Cons 

Limited spectrum of nutrients: The Master Cleanse dramatically reduces the wider spectrum of nutrients found in a juice fast. This is precisely the reason I have never traded a juice fast for the Master Cleanse. I cannot imagine giving up the concentrated nutrients found in freshly juiced carrots, celery, spinach, garlic, cantaloupes, and blueberries, to name only a few, for the nutrients in a single fruit. In the 1940s, Burroughs simply did not have at his disposal the vast nutritional information we now have available today; information that is growing on a daily basis. In the early part of the 20th century, there was no data regarding antioxidants or phytochemicals from a biological perspective.

In saying this, it makes it all the more remarkable that Burroughs, who invented the Master Cleanse and others like Arnold Ehret, who authored the Mucusless Diet Healing System in1922, pioneered a controversial holistic approach to health and healing that ran completely crossway to the mainstream medical machine that treated the disease and not the human body. The modern alternative health movement, including Freedomyou, must pay homage to visionary men and women like Burroughs who reintroduced thousands of years of natural medicine to a society becoming increasingly sick due to the modernization of food. While millions were blithely gobbling up the new fashion foods, Burroughs was writing: “White bread has always seemed like a sickly looking mess to me. Surely there is a reason for the bulk and other things being there originally. Perhaps they figured God made a mistake so man must correct it.” Burroughs’ far-sightedness is incredible in its historical context, and is as relevant today as it was in 1941.

Studies continue to reveal the remarkable healing, detoxification and protective power of plant foods. My recommendation is to invest the extra time and employ as many different plant sources as possible during a fast, flooding your living cells with the widest spectrum of nutrients during your fast. I believe if Stanley Burroughs were alive today, with the body of nutritional information we now have available, he too would include the cornucopia of plant foods in his Master Cleanse.

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