The Master Cleanser

by Raymond David Salas

The Master Cleanser (also known as the “lemonade diet”) was introduced to me by a co-worker friend several years ago. He told me that he “did it” at least once every six months. He had learned about it from his uncle who also “did it” regularly.

“What is this Master Cleanser and how do you ‘do it’?” I wondered. After reading The Master Cleanser, I found my answers to these questions and more.

The Master Cleanser or lemonade diet was developed by Stanley Burroughs, a natural healer, originally to treat chronic ulcers. Mr. Burroughs worked with the Master Cleanser for over forty years and also recommended it for these additional uses:

  • whenever sickness has developed— for all acute and chronic conditions

  • whenever the digestive system needs a rest and a cleansing

  • whenever overweight has become a problem

  • whenever better assimilation and building of body tissue is needed


The Master Cleanser Lemonade Diet Recipe

The Master Cleanser Lemonade Diet consists of:

  • 2 tablespoons lemon (or lime) juice (approx. ½ lemon)

  • 2 tablespoons of genuine “grade B” maple syrup (not maple flavored sugar syrup)

  • 1/10 teaspoon (just a dash) of cayenne pepper (red pepper) or to taste

  • 8 oz water, room temperature


The Master Cleanser Lemonade Diet Instructions

Here are Mr. Burroughs’ instructions and guidelines:

Combine the juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper in a 10 oz glass jar with lid and fill with the water.

Shake it up and drink. (Cold water may be used if preferred.)

Use fresh (organic) lemons or limes only, never canned lemon (or lime juice) nor frozen lemonade or frozen juice.

Take from six to twelve glasses of the lemonade daily. As you get hungry just have another glass of lemonade. NO OTHER FOOD SHOULD BE TAKEN DURING THE FULL PERIOD OF THE DIET.

Do not use vitamin pills.

Follow the diet for a minimum of 10 days or more (up to 40 days and beyond may be safely followed for extremely serious cases). The diet has all the nutrition needed during this time. Three to four times a year will do wonders for keeping the body in a normal healthy condition. The diet may be undertaken more frequently for serious conditions.


Benefits of the Master Cleanser Lemonade Diet

Mr. Burroughs reported these benefits for the Master Cleanser Lemonade Diet:

  • dissolves and eliminates toxins and congestion that have formed in any part of the body

  • cleanses the kidneys and the digestive system

  • purifies the glands and cells throughout the entire body

  • eliminates all unusable waste and hardened material in the joints and muscles

  • relieves pressure and irritation in the nerves, arteries, and blood vessels

  • builds a healthy blood stream

  • keeps youth and elasticity regardless of years


My Experience with the Master Cleanser Lemonade Diet

I have done the Master Cleanser twice. I loved it (and the way that I felt afterwards.) I highly recommend it.

If you decide to try it (after reading the book), I suggest that you start on a day when you can relax and be free of obligations. If you consume caffeine regularly (e.g., coffee, tea, soft drinks, etc.), it might be more beneficial to plan on a two-day “phase in” period.

While doing the Master Cleanser, I enjoyed all of my regular activities, including sports, without issue. In fact, I felt great. My thinking was clear and I was highly energized. I didn’t really have any weight to lose, so I didn’t.

Actually, the hardest part for me was consuming the recommended laxative tea each night and the 32-ounces of warm water mixed with two teaspoons of pure sea salt every morning. The purpose of this evening and morning combination is to remove the toxins from your digestive system and colon and help your overall cleansing along. Let me just say that it works very well. In fact, after consuming the sea salt water every morning, access to a restroom for the first hour after is essential. You will probably visit it several times as your body rids itself of everything unwanted. (Which is a good thing!)

Since completing the Master Cleanser, I have recommended it to family, friends, and co-workers with great success.

The Master Cleanser Lemonade Diet has continued to grow in popularity over the years, including with celebrities such as Beyonce Knowles and Jared Leto.

Robin Quivers from “The Howard Stern Show” learned of it from the magician, David Blaine, who raved about it. She was seeking relief from her 10-year struggle with joint pain and fatigue. She ended up doing it three times for twenty-one days each time. Her pain and fatigue healed and as an added bonus, she lost over 70 pounds in the process!


For more information on the Master Cleanser:

If you are interested in learning more, I would suggest reading the book first before making any decision. It is a very quick read. You can order it here.

Disclaimer: This article is intended as educational information only and is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The author is not engaged in rendering medical or other professional services. If expert assistance is required, please seek the services of a competent professional. You are 100% responsible for what you do (or don’t do) with it.