Day 6: The Master Cleanser
The Master Cleanser by Stanley Burroughs; Cayenne; The Lemon; Agave Nectar (-); Grade B Organic Maple Syrup (+); Raw Honey (+)
Welcome to Day 6!
The information we have for you today is on the Master Cleanser, a lemonade drink that you can make to substitute for your fruit juice – not the green vegetable juice – during the Feast. This is a drink that you can do solely on its own as a fast—we are aware of fasts up to 30 days on it—but this is rather long to go with the same thing over and over, and it is too high on the glycemic index to do solely for such a long time. It is also not a rebuilding approach, and Juice Feasting is.
However, the Master Cleanser is an excellent drink for removing mucus from the body, reducing inflammation, and healing the digestive system. Therefore, integrating Master Cleanser into a Juice Feast enables us to use the Master Cleanser as small part of a cleansing program while accessing all the amazing nutrition in the fruits and vegetables available to us for juicing.
The Master Cleanser is a simple recipe: For 1 Quart:
+ 6-8 Tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice
+ 6-8 Tablespoons Raw Honey or Grade B Maple Syrup (do not use Agave Nectar, “raw” or otherwise… see discussion below)
+ 1/10th tsp 90,000 Heat Unit Cayenne Pepper (or more if you really enjoy it)
Mix all ingredients into warm water. This is a great drink to make on the go, or for traveling/busy schedule during any cleanse. We call this the “I didn’t have time to make juice” juice, and on a Juice Feast we probably drink 2 quarts of this in any given week.
When I (David) began studying cayenne a decade ago, I had no idea just how powerful it actually is.
Probably the best summation of the benefits of Cayenne are from Dick Quinn in his book, Left For Dead, in which he tells his remarkable story showing how he controls blood pressure and cholesterol, cleans arteries, prevents heart attacks, and enjoys a wonderful quality of life without drugs. Dick Quinn was literally left for dead by his doctors in 1978 after a heart attack and failed bypass surgery. Quinn quotes Hippocrates:
“Leave your drugs in the chemist’s pot if you can heal the patient with food.”
Dick Quinn’s information on Cayenne is included in the file today, but a few quick excerpts will help put it in perspective:
In the circulatory system, Cayenne helps the arteries, veins and capillaries regain the elasticity of youth by feeding the cell structure. Cayenne helps equalize circulation by regulating the flow of blood from the head to the feet. Cayenne strengthens the pulse by increasing the power, not the frequency. Generally, Cayenne boosts overall health of the entire cardiovascular system.
Cayenne’s ability to help lower cholesterol was first noticed during a routine experiment at the Central Food Technological Research Institute in Mysore, India. When scientists at the institute added Cayenne to the high cholesterol diet the test animals were being fed, there was not the usual rise in serum and liver cholesterol. Instead, the cholesterol was being excreted. Cayenne prevented the absorption of cholesterol.
Further studies showed that diet plays an integral part in Cayenne’s ability to help the body shed excess cholesterol. Cayenne was unable to influence cholesterol intake when the diet contained little protein. With enough protein in the diet, Cayenne was able to inhibit cholesterol absorption significantly.
The herb itself contains many nutrients essential to the health of the circulatory system including alpha-tocopherols, vitamin C and minerals. Cayenne also contains a high amount of vitamin A (beta-carotene) which aids in healing ulcers. The redder the Cayenne pepper, the more vitamin A it contains. Paprika, the mildest Cayenne, has the highest vitamin C content of all. Cayenne, the vibrant red fruit bursting with heat and energy, holds more vitamin C and beta-carotene than any other plant in the garden.
Cayenne’s high mineral content, including sulphur, iron, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus, makes it an effective treatment for diabetes, gas, arthritis, pancreatic and throat disorders. The high vitamin C content of the fruit helps target colds, while the tremendous amount of beta-carotene helps speed the healing of ulcers.
One of the most remarkable qualities of Cayenne is its ability to act as a catalyst. Cayenne intensifies the beneficial effects of other herbs by ensuring speedy and thorough distribution of the herb’s active components to the important functional centers of the body such as those responsible for metabolism, data transmission, cellular respiration and neural hormonal activity.
The active ingredients in cayenne, on which we base the Heat Unit (H.U.) rating, are capsiacinoids. Capsiacinoids are the naturally occurring compounds that give cayenne pepper its pungency; they have no odor or flavor, they act directly on pain receptors located in the mouth and throat; the smaller the chili, the hotter its going to be, because smaller chilies have a larger amount of seeds and vein (internal rib) relative to the larger chilies, and these are the parts that contain up to 80 percent of the capsaicin.
In conclusion, Cayenne is a healing agent for: Allergies, Arthritis, Atherosclerosis, Blood Clots, Bowel Diseases, Bruises, Cancer, Common Cold, Congestive Heart Failure, Diabetes, Diabetic Neuropathy, Duodenal Ulcers, Elevated Cholesterol, Elevated Triglycerides, Fatigue, Free Radical Activity, Frostbite, Headaches, Head Congestion, Heart Arrhythmias, Heart Disease, Heart Attack, Heatstroke, Herpes Zoster, Hypertension, Indigestion, Infection, Indigestion, Lumbago, Motion Sickness, Mouth Sores, Multiple Sclerosis, Nerve Inflammation, Neuralgia, Night Blindness, Obesity, Pain, Peptic Ulcer, Duodenal Ulcer, Poor Appetite, Psoriasis, Respiratory Disorders, Shingles, Toothache.
Check out the file in the downloads below! An amazing food.
Lemon juice is perhaps the most valuable and versatile fruit juice. With its high citric acid and Vitamin C content, it is an excellent internal cleanser. We can mix it with fruit juices or vegetable juices on the Juice Feast, and it is a major rehydrator we use each morning with a quart of water and some MSM to get us going.
In Health Guide For Survival, author Salem Kirban writes about biochemist Carey Reams and his theory of illness and health. Reams’ suggested nutritional program involves, among other things, the use of lemon juice. Almost every food, with the exception of lemons, writes Kirban, produces cations (pronounced cat-eye-uns) in the blood and body. Cations are acidic substances with a positive ionic charge. Lemons, and our own digestive juices, on the other hand, are the only substances that produce anions (pronounced an-eye-uns), or alkaline substances with a negative ionic charge. Lemons, therefore, are an excellent rehydrating food as well as a crucial alkalinizing element on the Juice Feast and Beyond.
When choosing a lemon, the thinner the skin of the lemon (as well as any other citrus fruit), the higher the juice content. I buy 30-40 lemons at a time on a Juice Feast, as they are useful all day long
The use of Agave (for Master Cleanser or any recipe Post-Juice Feast) instead of Organic Grade B Maple Syrup or Raw Honey is strongly not recommended. Here is the reason: Fructose. According to studies and research by Dr. Joseph Mercola, Agave Nectar is worse than High Fructose Corn Syrup in its fructose content. This is particularly hard on blood sugar levels and liver health, not to mention inflammatory markers.
Katrina and I have found for ourselves, and many students over the years, that use of Agave Nectar is correlated with serious mood swings and emotional imbalance. Even just a little Agave….
For all the sweet details, check out the Agave Nectar file in Today’s Downloads.
Raw Honey is a miracle in the Kosmos. Raw honey is honey that has not been heated, pasteurized or processed in any way. The differences between raw and pasteurized honey are substantial. Raw honey is an alkaline-forming food that contains natural vitamins, enzymes, powerful antioxidants and other important natural nutrients. These are the very nutrients that are destroyed during the heating and pasteurization process. In fact, pasteurized honey is equivalent to and just as unhealthy as eating refined sugar.
Raw honey has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. It promotes body and digestive health, is a powerful antioxidant, strengthens the immune system, eliminates allergies, and is an excellent remedy for skin wounds and all types of infections. Raw honey’s benefits don’t stop there. Raw honey can also stabilize blood pressure, balance sugar levels, relieve pain, calm nerves, and it has been used to treat ulcers. Raw honey is also an expectorant and anti-inflammatory and has been known to effectively treat respiratory conditions such as bronchitis and asthma.
Grade B Maple Syrup
Maple syrup is one of the many wonders of the world. This viscous amber liquid with its characteristic earthy sweet taste is made from the sap of the sugar, black or red maple tree. The process of creating maple syrup begins with tapping (piercing) the tree, which allows the sap to run out freely. The sap is clear and almost tasteless and very low in sugar content when it is first tapped. It is then boiled to evaporate the water producing syrup with the characteristic flavor and color of maple syrup and sugar content of 60%. During Juice Feasting, only use it in Master Cleanser. Later on during the Nutrition Course we will look at how to combine Maple Syrup with Sodium Bicarbonate (think Arm & Hammer Baking Soda or Bob’s Red Mill) as an anti-cancer protocol…
So give Master Cleanser a try in the next few days—and to begin with using less cayenne than the recipe calls for. Master Cleanser keeps in the refrigerator for several days, so you can make large batches in advance to save you some time in making fruit juices, or to take with you to work as an extra juice for good measure.
See you in The Green Room!
90,000 Heat Unit (HU) Cayenne Powder
Media, Films, & Documentaries
The Cleanse (2018)
Synopsis: The Cleanse centers on a heartbroken man who attends a spiritual retreat, only to discover that the course releases more than everyday toxins and traumatic experiences. Johnny Galecki (TV's "Big Bang Theory) plays Paul Berger, an unemployed, down and out, heartbroken man searching for happiness. When Paul sees an ad for a spiritual retreat promising to restart your life, he immediately signs up, hoping to cleanse himself and fix his broken life. But after only a few days, he discovers the cleanse is releasing more than just everyday toxins... a lot more. Also starring Anna Friel, plus Oliver Platt and Academy Award (R) Winner Anjelica Huston (Best Supporting Actress, Prizzi's Honor, 1985) as the leaders of the retreat, THE CLEANSE is a darkly humorous, weird, and soulful fantasy that examines the inner demons in all of us.
US Release Date: May 4, 2018 Starring: Anna Friel, Johnny Galecki, Kyle Gallner Directed By: Bobby Miller