I went on The Master Cleanse during the summer of 95, we were in the middle of a heatwave and it was easy to drink the lemonade then. I went on it as I was rather stressed and was suffering from exzema so bad on my fore arm that it looked like I had major burns and I was getting boils, not to mention depressed. Oddly enough my mom bought me the book as she thought it might help me. I can't remember specifics, but I do remember feeling great, all the skin conditions cleared up and I felt "lighter". I was able to go out for walks everyday and I lost weight, I can't remember how much, but I know I was 12 lbs from goal. For this cleanse I'm not sure how long I'll go as I wasn't sure if I could do it as I haven't been able to. But I'm on day 8 now and its not going to bad, so I know I'll make the 10 days just not sure how long after that. But you are right the benefits sure are worth the short term distaste.
I talked to my mom again last night and she really wants to try this as she knows how great I felt the last time. How is your mom managing the not smoking? I know from my mom its so hard.
Gosh this has turned out long, sorry.
Keep up the good work,