As an author of a bestselling book on the Master Cleanse, I frequently get letters. Here's one: "I just finished my first 10-day cleanse and feel fine. My 26-year-old daughter, however has lead poisoning, multiple chemical sensitivities, an infection of the thyroid and low blood sugar. She started the cleanse today. She did not put cayenne in her first drink, so she doubled it in her next drink. She felt bad immediately and had a very bad reaction. She tested allergic to cayenne about 18 months ago, but we thought it had gone away. Is there an alternative for the cayenne pepper or do you have any suggestions?" I was sorry to hear about her daughter's reactions. Although I am not a licensed health care practitioner and therefore cannot diagnose, prescribe, cure or treat any disease, I did make some suggestions she could discuss with her licensed health care practitioner. First, she needs to understand that the lead poisoning diagnosis meant her daughter has a super-abundance of toxins in her body. The definition of "lead poisoning" is too much lead (a toxin) in her body. Second, she needs to understand that detoxification is not a single action-first the toxins are here and then they're gone. No. Detoxification is a three step process-first they are mobilized from where the body has stashed them to protect itself. Then they are neutralized and finally, eliminated through the colon, kidneys, skin, lungs, and tongue. If you bring the toxins out of storage faster than the body can neutralize and eliminate them, you get a detox symptom/reaction. The Master Cleanse is perhaps the second fastest method of detoxification. (A pure water fast is the fastest.) This is why I talk about people who should "take it easy" on the Master Cleanse in "Lose Weight, Have More Energy & Be Happier in 10 Days." It is also why I say on my Master Cleanse Bulletin Board that people undergoing chemotherapy or with several-year histories of taking strong medical drugs should not do the Master Cleanse without doing slower types of detoxification first. They have too many toxins to try to detoxify quickly. It will cause too many seriously unpleasant reactions. Since one of the things cayenne does is dilate blood vessels and dissolve mucus, it acts like an accelerator pedal for the Master Cleanse. So, it's possible that her daughter "double-whammied" herself when she did a Master Cleanse lemonade with double the amount of the cayenne. Here is my scale of detoxifying actions ranked from fastest (1) to slowest (10). I recommended she discuss these with her health care practitioner and then choose one of these slower methods: 1. Pure water fast 2. The Master Cleanse 3. Fruit juice fast (fruits are detoxifiers) 4. Vegetable juice fast (Veggies build up the body with vitamins, proteins and minerals.) 5. Enemas (Can be combined with all other methods except the Master Cleanse.) 6. 100% raw vegan diet 7. Predominantly raw vegan diet with the rest of the diet being cooked vegetarian food. 8. 100% vegetarian diet without artificially preserved, colored, flavored, sweetened, or prepared foods. 9. Drinking at least a pint of freshly made green smoothie every day. 10. Soaking in a hot Epsom salt bath (2 cups to a regular sized tub) at least 3x a week for at least 12 minutes. (Note: this method can be combined with any of the others.)
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Peter Glickman is an internationally recognized bestselling author on natural health. His book, "Lose Weight, Have More Energy & Be Happier in 10 Days," has been translated into 7 foreign languages and was on Amzon's Alternative Medicine bestseller list for over 4 years. Go to www.TheMasterCleanse.com to sign up for his free natural health newsletter.