Diabetics and the Master Cleanse

I have had a number of people with diabetes ask about doing the Master Cleanse. In Healing for the Age of Enlightenment, Burroughs instructs diabetics to use only a bare tablespoon of molasses in each lemonade drink at first while decreasing the amount of insulin slightly. Then
each day gradually increase the amount of molasses while decreasing the amount of insulin. All the while, regularly checking the sugar level in the urine and blood to ensure it is within normal range. When you reach two tablespoons of molasses and the insulin has been eliminated, switch to two tablespoons of organic Grade B maple syrup instead of molasses.

Upon completing the Master Cleanse, a diet of fresh raw vegetables, nuts, seeds and fruits is recommended as Burroughs describes diabetes as the result of nutritional deficiencies due to a white sugar and white flour diet. Before following these instructions you should consult with
your licensed health care practitioner.

This is an excerpt from Lose Weight, Have More Energy & Be Happier in 10 Days. These instructions were edited out of the later editions of The Master Cleanser.

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Michelle Bailey September 3, 2012 at 2:59 am

Aren’t these instructions for type 2 diabetics? I have never heard of type 1 diabetics completely eliminating insulin from their daily routine to do a Master Cleanse, or anything else for that matter. Is it even really possible for a type 1 diabetic to safely do this cleanse?
I am not a diabetic, have done the MC successfully and also have the book “Lose Weight, Have More Energy….,” but it did not provide the instructions for a type 1 diabetic to follow. My daughter has type 1 and I advised her against trying it, though a person like her would probably benefit immensely. How to do it is the tricky part and maybe too risky for a young type 1 diabetic.


Peter Glickman September 3, 2012 at 3:08 am

Hi Michelle,

I know a type I diabetic, Barry Berlew, who did the MC successfully while monitoring his insulin needs. Although he was not able to eliminate insulin shots completely, he was able to reduce his insulin dramatically, while under the care of a doctor.

Best wishes,
Peter Glickman


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