Why Do Most People Fail?

Why do most people fail? They accept the pronouncements of others as fact without testing to see if it is true.

“The Earth is flat. You’ll sail off the edge.” “If man was meant to fly, he would have been born with wings.” Sadly, but predictably, the Master Cleanse falls prey to the same behavior. A survey I did in 2005 of more than 100 people who had done at least one 10-day Master Cleanse showed that everyone improved their diet after the cleanse, 96% were happier and recommended the Master Cleanse, 80% had more energy and less than 1% had any problems with the Master Cleanse and any medications. And yet, most of them found other people were negative about the cleanse.

I remember being on Fox TV ‘s Good Morning Show with a medical doctor they brought on to debate it with me. (The media loves controversy and will even create it where it doesn’t exist just for ratings.) He went on about how it was unhealthy, but had never done it himself or even knew of anyone personally who had done it!

Recently a lady from Australia wrote me and asked how the Master Cleanse could possibly work given “the body goes into starvation mode and holds onto fat.” I replied that whoever suggested that idea had never done the Master Cleanse themselves or even known first-hand anyone who has done it. Joel Fuhrman, MD, on page 12 of his book Fasting – and Eating – for Health describes starvation as not eating after the nutritional reserves are used up. He points out that the normal person, even a thin person, has enough reserves for at least 28 days without additional food. And this is a doctor who uses fasting to cure diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease! Fasting is NOT starvation. Herbert Shelton, who fasted more than 30,000 people, made the same point in his book The Science and Fine Art of Fasting.

Many more times people fail because they hold themselves back from even trying to accomplish what they want. This is almost always the result of being told often earlier in life “You can’t do that.” or “If you try that, I’ll [something negative].” You may fail the first few times you attempt something, but you only fail in the long run if you quit trying. Don’t let others convince you to quit trying!

What is glorious in each of us is what makes us unique. Let your unique ideas and plans shine.

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Kenny April 20, 2015 at 11:56 am

I have completed a 10 day Master Cleanse twice in about five years. I know it works. Still, I just can’t stand the cayenne. Can I put the cayenne in gel caps. swallow it and drink the lemonade separate?


Peter Glickman November 2, 2015 at 12:25 am

Richard Schulz, master herbalist, says that taking the cayenne orally (not capsules) stimulates nerves that immediately improve circulation. So, it is the only way to take it. However, he also says that cayenne is a learned taste. If it is too strong, just use less and gradually as you like it add more.


Jan Lewis April 21, 2015 at 2:38 am

I’ve tried to do the fast maybe 5? or so times. The first time I made it around 3 days; the 2nd time 6 days; the 3rd time I think I really only made it 9 although I tried to make myself believe I did it 10. Then, I’ve done it several more times and never can make it past 6. I always make up about 8-10 glasses of juice every morning only using 1 tablespoon of grade B maple syrup as I need to drop more weight. The last time, I was losing maybe a pound or less a day. The time before that, I actually had a day I gained back a pound or two. The last few times I was so hungry that I was feeling horrible (I know about detoxing, etc.), but I just couldn’t hold on any longer and gave in. The weight has always come back on within a few days. Anyway, just saying I’ve truly tried, but after the last time, I felt so light headed, almost faint, that I decided I just couldn’t put myself through it any longer. But, I applaud anyone who succeeds and I certainly think this is great for you.

Kind regards.


Peter Glickman June 22, 2015 at 2:40 am

Hi Jan, It sounds like you never read any book (especially my book) on the Master Cleanse. All those problems and alternate solutions are discussed.


Brian Collins January 23, 2017 at 9:18 pm

Peter, Can metamucil fiber be used instead of the laxative herbal



Peter Glickman February 7, 2017 at 2:24 pm

No. Metamucil pushes the waste out by adding substance to the colon. The lax tea causes muscular contraction forcing the waste out and leaving the colon empty to rejuvenate.


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