Master Cleanser Redux

Last week The New York Times printed an article on the “Master Cleanser.” A connection of lemon juice, cayenne pepper, maple syrup, and water—what does it do? Well according to the report it’s a quick way to lose excess pounds and purge the body of impurities and toxins like pesticides and food additives.

Personally, I don’t believe in magic potions, but what does Dr. Fuhrman have to say about it? Well I decided—actually he told me—to sniff around the member center. And here’s what I found:
Taking maple syrup (sugar) during a fast weakens and even removes the longevity benefits of fasting. Empty calories or low-nutrient calories prevent the cells from dumping lipofuchen and other toxins. It speeds up the utilization of glutathione in liver and retards detoxification. The Master Cleanse is a master farce. Using sugar and pepper as stimulants to give you energy, while fasting is robbing the body of its opportunity to maximally heal. The power in the battery is proportional to its charge and reduced by the utilization of its energy. These stimulants (irritants) rob the body of its healing powers and significantly reduce the healing and rejuvenating potential of fasting. Lemon is not much of a problem.
Now this next part really hits home. Once during a period of dieting I ate some really spicy food and because of it, I spent the next two evenings in the Emergency Room with extremely bad gastritis. So as you’ll see Dr. Fuhrman thinks ingesting cayenne pepper while fasting is an especially bad idea:
Stop cayenne pepper and honey and stick to fresh squeezed vegetable and fruit juices then. Pepper when fasting can cause gastritis and injure your stomach lining. Then advance to the typical advice to break the fast with a small piece of solid fruit or non-starchy vegetable every two hours on day one and gradually increase the volume and increase the time between meals.
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James - January 8, 2007 2:36 PM

Please note that physicians that debunk fasting never actually back up thier claims.

What study, for example, concluded that fasting "robs the body of it's healing powers"? What study proves that cayenne during fasting can injure your stomach lining?

I challenege any doctot to back up thier anti-fasting assertions with data from a body of work intended to investigate the fasting.

Well, I'm waiting...

Gerry Pugliese - January 8, 2007 2:42 PM


Dr. Fuhrman is not against fasting. In fact he wrote a book entitled Fasting and Eating for Health ( He just does not support the "Master Cleanser."

Wounded Duck - May 8, 2007 9:24 PM

The fact that the Master Cleanse is done at least hundreds of thousands of times a year in the U.S. and we hear of no reports of severe gastritis as a result of ingesting cayenne pepper should point to its relative safety. I know plenty of people who have done it and suffered no ill effects.

sakura tyson - February 25, 2008 4:06 AM

well the cayenne pepper actually cured my ulcer.
it was the last resort after the heaps of triple therapy anti biotics for h.pyroli ulcer that caused severe candida and made my ulcer worse.
Going to the doctors was rhe worst mistake i made.
After the cayenne fast i am fully cured.
Some thing really fishy and scary is going on with the doctors and medical health profession....scary.
cayenne rules!!!

Kat - October 3, 2008 4:23 PM

I'm interested in this cleanse but decided to research it. I'm finding that with those pro MC only have experience to back them bat then I find Drs talk about it and picking it apart but no real studies on it. The experiences I've read leave me to believe it works but concern makes me make sure. I'd rather see a study of it than seeing it picked apart.

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