Master Cleanse

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In his book, Lose Weight, Have More Energy & Be Happier in 10 Days, author Peter Glickman advocates the "master cleanse." Stanley Burroughs created this lemonade diet in 1941 as an alternative way to detoxify the body. It's a fasting regimen that foregoes solid foods for only lemon juice, maple syrup, water and cayenne pepper, followed by a laxative tea each evening. Glickman coaches people through the master cleanse program on his website.

However, Glickman and Burroughs have their share of critics. One of them is Dr. Ed Zimney who debunks the master cleanse as a master scam, arguing that the diet is a laxative regimen that results in starvation. Zinney, who is the medical director of HealthTalk, explains the nutritional value of the diet and how the body naturally detoxifies.

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