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by Glenn Reschke
I'm nauseated. While checking my search engine rankings yesterday, I went to
one "cayenne pepper expert website" that caught my eye and noticed they bootlegged four of my articles.
They just basically re-wrote my well-researched work and I have to admit, it ticked me off.
The success of my site has given rise to a lot of copycats who take my articles and re-write
I suppose I should be flattered, and I guess I am, but what upsets me about that is I've really
researched and read and read about cayenne pepper and peppers for years and non-true believers are just hoping to
make a buck and to get by on my research work and then re-writing things.
Plus, I actually do use cayenne the way I so heartily recommend on this site: I drink it
daily (I miss occasionally I admit but I am regular in imbibing it).
Moreover, I have been studying medicinal herbs since 1982 as an enthusiast, as someone who just
wants to be healthy.
While the copycats upset me, that's not what really nauseates me. Our society is so
prone to follow the latest fad -- that's what gives me pause. The "cayenne pepper master cleanse" or "cayenne
pepper diet" is now getting significant playtime. What's the truth and what's the fiction?
Here's my .02 cents worth on it.
The Cayenne Pepper Master Cleanse Drink
Needless to say, weight loss is big business as there are a lot of people who want to lose weight.
It's understandable given the unhealthy nature of the Western diet. It is therefore not surprising that people take
the path of least resistance and look for shortcuts to make things easier.
Efficiency is good. Trying to find a better more elegant way of doing things is always a good
thing, but when one lets their natural laziness take over, that desire for efficiency devolves to shortcuts.
I believe the cayenne pepper diet or cayenne pepper master cleanse is one of those. Where does this
cayenne pepper master cleanse drink come from? Is it a magic potion?
According to an article in the Sunday New York Times, "While popular diets and fasts come
and go, master cleanse remains a perennial favorite, a kind of folk regimen that owes its popularity to word of
mouth and the Internet. Created in the 1940’s by a nutrition guru, Stanley Burroughs, to treat ulcers and other
internal ailments, the fast enjoyed a vogue in the late ’70s after the publication of his book 'The Master
Cleanser.' Its fans then were health-conscious types, interested in purging their bodies of impurities and toxins
like pesticides and food additives…"
(You can read the article, I Heard It Through The Diet Grapevine, in its entirety at the
New York Times online site here.)
So, this drink has been around for a while.
Needless to say, I not only have faith cayenne works, I have knowledge it does. It's helped me
tremendously in lowering my LDL cholesterol, lowering my blood pressure, healing a hemorrhoid problem I had, and in
healing stomach ulcers I've been prone to. I adore cayenne pepper.
I honestly believe it's one of the greatest health secrets in the world based on many evidences
worldwide. If you only master one herb or medicinal spice in your life, let this one be it.
However, to claim anything as a panacea is a stretch -- a big stretch. The cayenne pepper master
cleanse is a drink combination made out of cayenne pepper, fresh lemon juice and maple syrup.
The diet requires you to drink this concoction, and only this concoction. Considering its low
caloric profile, it's not surprising to hear of people losing weight -- and that's the secret. The inordinately low
calories is the trick.
When you burn significantly more calories than you take in, weight loss will happen. As shown on
another page in this site, and for clarity, here's the caloric profile of the famed cayenne pepper master cleanse
- Cayenne pepper calories: 1 to 3 (prorated); 2 small teaspoons
- Lemon juice: 7
- Maple syrup: 52
- Water: 0
- Total Calories: 60 to 63
According to the aforementioned New York Times article, the ideal combination is this: 2
tablespoons lemon juice, 2 tablespoons Grade-B maple syrup, 1/10 teaspoon cayenne pepper and 8 ounces of spring or
One of the red flags that went up for me was when I heard Beyonce Knowles lost 20 to 25 pounds on
this cayenne pepper diet so as to prepare for her role in the movie Dreamgirls.
What is not as well advertised is that by her own admission, she gained all the weight back as the
psychological factors, a key component in sustained weight loss, drove her to resume her previous diet.
Another celebrity who claims great results from the cayenne pepper diet is Robin Quivers, one of
famed radio shockjock Howard Stern's sidekicks.
She supposedly used it on three different occasions in 2004 and lost shocking 73 lbs, dropped
from a high of 218 to 145 lbs. Unlike Beyonce Knowles, her weight loss remained. I'll bet you a box of
doughnuts that she changed her diet radically too.
I have to admit when I see a celebrity endorsing something, it gives me pause. First, almost
always, they're making lots of cash to do an endorsement, which is fine as I do believe in a free-market
However, when celebrities endorse fads like this diet, that raises an even higher red flag. Why?
Well, just because someone famous uses something doesn't automatically make it right, safe, or better.
Cayenne does work in equalizing the whole system and it fortifies your overall health. But
such a diet can be extreme. In eight months, I lost 22 pounds by running/jogging twice a week without really
watching my diet too closely, and the weight has stayed off. It's stayed off as I know how to eat properly, and
I've continued my exercise regime, of course.
If you are really interested in true, viable weight loss information, you should go over to
cbass.com and buy Clarence Bass' books.
Specifically, Ripped and Challenge Yourself. He has wrote other books but those
are the best, in my opinion (I have all his books but one). Bass has maintained a 4% bodyfat ratio since 1977. He's
in his seventies and is still muscular, ripped, and in fat-free condition. His "secrets" are not really
Here's his "secret" to weight loss and fitness:
- Rigorous aerobic exercise
- Weight training
- A diet high in vital nutrients, low in calories, and devoid as possible of processed foods
- High quality, reasonable, sensible supplementation
In fact, he doesn't even use supplementation much. He does occasionally eat "bad" foods but as he says, "It's
what you eat consistently that makes up your health." He talks about an aunt of his who loves him as he says he
eats everything she puts before him!
He will splurge but his overall fitness lifestyle is what has contributed to his remarkable fitness level, a
level that is available to all of us, I believe. He avoids fads too and rightly so.
Real Value of The Cayenne Pepper Diet
I believe the real value of the cayenne pepper diet lies in its cleansing effects. I have myself gone on a
number of three- to four-day juice fasts. I make my own fruit juice with my juicer with grapes or apples or both
and drink nothing but that for three days.
I also use the carrot/apple combination, which is surprisingly delicious notwithstanding its seemingly odd
combination. These cleanses remove toxins from the body, give the intestinal tract a nice rest, and some weight
loss does occur. Plus, it's not as hard to do as you may think.
The first day is always the toughest.
Using the cayenne pepper, lemon, maple syrup drink could be a very effective cleanse, but I can tell
you the fresh carrot/apple or apple juice or apple/grape juice fasts work just as well if not better. They're tried
I suppose the essence of this page is this: be careful of fads. This cayenne pepper diet probably does work, but
I'd be willing to bet it's only a short-term weight loss solution. Look at long-term solutions
for your health.
We don't lack knowledge as much as we lack patience and discipline, which is why people gravitate toward fads,
get-rich-quick stuff, and short cuts. Slow and steady fat loss is not sexy, but it works. The cayenne pepper diet
of cayenne, lemon juice, and maple syrup is a good cleanser but that's all.
I assume you want weight loss that is long-term and not short-term. If so, change your diet, exercise, workout,
and use medicinal herbs and healthy foods. Use sensible supplementation too. That formula is tried and proven and
has withstood the test of time.
I hope this helps you in your quest for better health.
Yours in health,
P.S. Lastly, if you're interested in supplementing or experimenting with cayenne, you can get more information
about buying good quality cayenne at this article within this site. Or, you can go here to view a full cayenne product price list.