12 day Master Cleanse results
Long time lurker here. I've gotten a good deal of inspiration from the forums on Curezone (particularly the Liver Flush Forum
), so I'm taking the time to post my results.
I've been a proponent of Water Fasting
for a long time, following the writings of Herbert Shelton of the Natural Hygiene crowd. This summer, I was introduced to The Master Cleanse
by a trusted friend, and although skeptical that the results could come close (after all, if you're taking in juice, your digestion never really shuts down) I gave it some thought. After reading thru the forums here, and realizing I needed to cleanse but unable at this time not able to spare the initial weakness from rapid detox during a water fast, I decided to give it a try, also including the B&P shakes. I figured it was a sign when, the day before I committed to this, I walked thru a local store and found a display case of Grade B maple syrup where it probably shouldn't have been (no excuses now. I don't have to wait for it to ship in from somewhere)
My first impression was how easy it is. it was great! Granted, I'm a moderately experienced faster, I had given up Sugar
and flour products two weeks before, and I love cayenne & maple syrup... outside of my self-torture by
watching Emeril on TV, this wasn't torture at all. My only noticeable symptoms were mild headaches the first couple days, and likely due to my poor meal planning the days prior to starting.
I decided that since I was already taking psyllium that I might as well eat the lemon & lime pulp, so to save time I just blended the fruits instead of juicing. I made 2.5 quarts
each morning to carry with me. I didn't have 6-8 drinks per se, but rather, whenever I noticed myself getting a little hungry, I'd take a tug off the bottle and be fine for quite a while.
Salt water flushes were generally okay, although it was difficult to drink the last couple ounces
without hurling it all back up. :-) I like getting the stuff out right away, but toward the end of the cleanse, I began to question if I would develop a dependency on them. I did them 10 of the 12 days, though, when I didn't have to be anywhere the first few hours of the day.
Day 4 or 5 I started seeing a few mucoid ropes. I'm still not quite sure about these. They still seem like clay and psyllium mashed together with the water extracted. I'd like to think the mucous-y portions are from the colon wall, but if you leave wet psyllium in a glass, you get a similar consistency. I was aware that I was taking far more than recommended psyllium (I never measure, I was just
shaking it into my glass) so I backed off. The ropes went away, and instead I got a mucus-y bulky stool. If nothing else, I can appreciate the P&B for keeping the bowel system up and running during the cleanse - mine shuts down for days at a time on a water fast.
It was also around day 4 that my sleep requirements went way down. I was active 18-19 hours a day during the cleanse after that. I also noticed my hands were a little colder than usual, but that wasn't unexpected given the weather change and not having additional digestive heat. I also noticed that my eyesight had improved slightly around day 6.
Day 6 I awoke feeling off, with a slight fever. Luckily I had nowhere to go this day, so I stayed home, stayed warm, and took a mid-day nap. I was fine that evening, and have felt strong on the cleanse since (before that, co-workers said I looked a little tired, but not after that point).
Day 9 I started adding Paragone treatment for parasites. It was not part of my original plan, but I decided to order it after reading the forums, and also I'd never really done it for any of my liver flushes, and wondered if it would have an effect. I have seen little rice-like things occasionally in the stool, and thinner fibrous things which I have seen a few times before, but since I've been taking the lemon pulp I couldn't absolutely swear it wasn't that. I did notice that my stool began smelling absolutely foul after starting that regimen.
My tongue showed a nice whitish film over the course of the cleanse. It began to clear around day 9-10, but is still there to some extent. I knew I wasn't going to get it all out before the holidays anyway, but there was noticeable improvement, so I'm happy.
Day 10 I noticed the congested feeling under my right ribs, which is my indicator that a Liver Flush
is necessary (strange... I just did that a few weeks agO)
I did a little exercising during the cleanse, mostly light weightlifting. I also did chi kung when it felt right, focusing particularly on forms that are designed for emotional release - knowing that my eating habits are partly emotionally driven, as well as feeling a connection between the liver and certain emotions (to me, liver/gall stones are, among other things, physical manifestations of
repressed anger. Some of my best cleanses have profound emotional effects on me)
I struggled with when to come off the fast. Physically, I could've lasted quite a while on the lemonade. Day 11-12 I started to get more rumblings in the gut, but like I said, I like to torture myself watching Emeril :-). But I had no
really strong desire to eat, only the mental cravings to taste something different. With the holidays coming up it made sense to stop at around 2 weeks so I wouldn't be in digestive peril trying to come back close to thanksgiving
(and knowing I would not be around anyone who would understand my eating a very limited range of things) I came to 12 days as a good time to conclude, timing it for a day I could also do a liver flush. I stayed with the lemonade... I did not switch to apple juice.
At the end of day 12, i drank 6 oz
of olive oil and went to bed (I do not take epson salts, and after dozens of these flushes, I have discovered for myself that it is *FAR* less gross to just drink the oil, and leave out the grapefruit juice, lemon juice, coca-cola or any of the other things that are recommended) My stomach wasn't particurly happy with the blast of oil, even thru the next morning, but it wasn't unmanageable. My first stool came even before I took my salt water brew (thankfully confirming I could still go without them). I was a little bummed out, even by 10am I was passing the "butt pee" without much more than the tiniest pieces of green chaff.
I thought about going back on the lemonade during this time, maybe i wasn't done with the cleanse yet? After I gave up on seeing stones, I went about my day. It wasn't until 11am that the stones showed up. I'd have to say that what came out was quite gratifying. It was probably my most successful flush since my first 2+ years ago (when I filled several toilet bowls full of stones - that was when i was in acute GB pain) I got maybe 80-100 stones, and most that came out were larger than normal, lima bean sized, but they weren't hardened, they were still congealing from BB-sized chaff pieces into a larger piece and were still easily separable. I felt slightly weakened after this point (liver flushes tend to drain my energy for a day or two) so I decided to begin eating. I am not a fan of orange juice and had been eating lemon pulp anyway, so I ate 3 small apples and half a carrot over the course of the day. The apples were a bit irritating, but less so than the oil. No problems with the carrot. I was feeling a little hungry around 10pm, but not wanting more solids, I finished off the last half-ounce from my maple syrup jug. :-)
This morning, at 6am I had another BM, and passed a couple dozen more stones. These were more fully formed, and also lima-bean sized. Very encouraging. I still don't know what i'm going to eat today, but I am going to do my best to keep it simple, and keep it small. I dropped 10 lbs over 12 days (lost mostly from my face and thighs) and have no desire to go back other than what I'll gain back in stool & water weight. Now, it remains for me to apply the discipline from the cleanse into my daily life, to continue to feel how foods affect me and make choices based on my body's feedback, rather than based on mental or advertising-induced cravings. :) Looking forward to trying this again in the spring.
Be well, my brothers and sisters!