Dr. Sebi - Natural Nutrition Guru and Vegan Martyr.
Dr. Sebi's life was filled with controversy, and his death, while in police custody, was as equally mired in debate and mystery. Today, he's still loved by many for the natural health miracles he performed but he's scorned by just as many for being a charlatan and a snake oil salesman. But who was this Dr. Sebi? A vegetarian herbalist and naturalist who spent decades studying the plants and herbs of North, South and Central America, Africa and the Caribbean. His unique approach to healing still creates tension between two camps - those who have elevated Dr. Sebi as a saint and those who have denigrated him as a sinner.
It's hard to believe that the Dr. Sebi who spent thirty years claiming to cure some of the world's most fatal diseases - AIDS, cancer, diabetes, lupus and epilepsy - is the same Dr. Sebi whose life and death wasn't covered by mainstream media. He appeared so irrelevant that he wasn't even worthy of investment to attempt to debunk his claims. And yet, this is the same Dr. Sebi who so threatened the American Medical Association, the Pharmaceutical companies, and the FDA so much that charges were brought against him in 1988. These charges included practicing medicine without a license, selling products not approved by the Food and Drug Administration, and fraudulently claiming that he could cure AIDS and other diseases. Reports of the court case show that when the judge asked Dr. Sebi to bring one patient to court who could testify that he had cured him or her of these potentially fatal diseases, he provided not one, but seventy. And so, his myth became legend.
Born, Alfredo Bowman in Honduras in 1933, he learned his 'trade' at the foot of his grandmother, 'Mama Hay' and later, from a traditional herbalist in Mexico from whom he found the healing he sought. He developed a line of natural vegetable based supplements for inter-cellular cleansing and cellular revitalization, available through the USHA Research Institute, Dr. Sebi LLC, and the Usha Healing Village in La Ceiba, Honduras. Although not formally educated, Dr. Sebi researched, studied, practiced and worked diligently to perfect his skills and apply his knowledge. But he paid the price for not following the rules during his lifetime and even more so during his final days.
On May 28th, 2016, Dr. Sebi was arrested in Honduras at Juan Manuel Galvez International Airport for carrying $37,000 in cash. He was released pending a court hearing, only to be rearrested on June 3rd by the Ministerio Público, Honduras' version of the FBI, and charged with money laundering. Dr. Sebi remained in custody until August 6th, when he was rushed to a local hospital reportedly suffering from complications of pneumonia, which he then died from. The former perfectly healthy Dr. Sebi was eighty-two. While it was claimed that he was arrested on suspicion of money laundering, Erin Elizabeth of Healthnut News wrote, "There are already doubters, including those close to him, that question his arrest and manner in which he died while in custody (which is shrouded in mystery)".
Meanwhile, The Chicago Defender posed the question: is it illegal to carry cash over a certain amount and further, is it not conceivable that a healer who had treated several high-profile clients - who reportedly included Michael Jackson, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, John Travolta and Eddie Murphy - would have a large amount of money on him? Honduras was where Dr. Sebi grew up and he had family there who, upon his arrest, reportedly tried to get him released from custody. Yet he was held for over a month with no court date, although no serious crime had been committed. The Chicago Defender further claims that no court case was set after his second arrest so bail was never set.
So, what did Dr. Sebi dare to believe that colored his life and death in such dramatic fashion? His own website explains the main ingredients behind his approach. He believed in clearing the body of excessive mucus which he saw as the root of all disease. Disease, he believed would appear in the body wherever there’s an accumulation of mucus, a stagnant toxin. Blood from meat and carbohydrate, according to Dr. Sebi, are the main reasons we can become overrun with clogging plaques of mucus. He believed that carbohydrates wreak havoc on physical health, mainly because they cause acidity within the body. And he believed that the same thing occurs when we consume animal products. An acid body will create toxic mucus and congest the system, leading to inflammation, while an alkaline PH will do the opposite and support vitality.
Aqiyl Aniys at NaturalLifeEnergy.com writes science-based articles backing this theory up and talks about the benefits of an alkaline vegan diet in general. Dr. Sebi's website recommends foods for the reversal of disease. He stresses that dead foods kill your body's natural ability to heal. Foods considered to be dead and therefore toxic are to be eliminated such as all flesh - red meat, pork, poultry and seafood - all processed or synthetic foods, sugar, alcohol, iodized salt - he prefers sea salt instead - he prefers sea salt instead - and fried foods. He offers alternatives such as natural organic fruits and vegetables, especially leafy greens, raw nuts and nut butters and grains like quinoa, rye, and kamut instead.
For those interested in another resource about the mucus free life and to learn about Professor Arnold Ehret, the true originator of the first widely publicized and successful "vegan diet" who has been largely written out of the history of veganism, see Professor Spira's email@example.com Prof. Spira was a 280 pound nineteen-year-old former high school football player who suffered from multiple ailments and grew up to accept, after he lost his mother in grade six from chronic illness, that he was genetically destined to be sick his whole life until he learned about Arnold Ehret’s Mucusless Diet Healing System. So, was Dr. Sebi a saint or a sinner? He confided during the recent Rock Newman Show that in the early 1960s he was impotent, had diabetes, and "was in fact crazy . . . placed in an insane asylum in New Jersey in 1961--schizophrenia and paranoia" but had not been helped until he went to a herbalist in Mexico after unsuccessful treatments with conventional doctors and traditional western medicine. He found great healing success from all his ailments. He also said on the show, "I've been struggling with weight since 1964. I was 291 pounds. Now I only weigh 120 and I'm 6'2."
However, according to www.quackwatch.org, whenever Dr. Sebi mentions "research" which is "to test whether products are effective against specific diseases, it would be necessary to have access to large numbers of patients, access to laboratory facilities, and the ability to do properly designed studies that monitor patients over significant periods of time. I see no evidence that Bowman" (Dr. Sebi) "or his 'Research Institute' conducted any such study or even kept track of what happened to their customers." Further, Dr. Sebi's explanations, Quack Watch points out, "clash with established scientific knowledge of physiology, biochemistry, and disease processes. Diseases have many possible causes, and most have little or nothing to do with body acidity, alkalinity, mineral depletion, 'toxicity,' or mucus. There is no such thing as 'body cleansing.' I have no idea what he meant by 'eliminating toxins' from the skin, liver, gall bladder, lymph glands, kidneys, and colon. Real detoxification of foreign substances takes place in the liver, which modifies their chemical structure so they can be excreted by the kidneys which filter them from the blood into the urine. 'Intra-cellular detoxification’' (throughout the body) does not exist. Mineral products are not 'living substances.' I am not impressed."
And in a 2002 letter to Zimbabwe 's ambassador to the U.S., Dr. Sebi wrote: "The African Bio-mineral Balance is a therapeutic approach that compliments the African gene structure. The reason we make the distinction between the African Bioidentical structure and others in the human species is because our research further reveals that the African gene resonates on a higher electrical vibration. Consequently, the African gene requires a specific quality food and medicinal. . . In essence, the high electrical resonance of the Black Man must be complimented by organic natural plant food containing an equally high degree of electrical resonance…" www.quackwatch.org protests with the statement, "I do not believe that genes 'vibrate' or that food can be 'electric.'" And so, I would conclude here that Dr. Sebi is perceived to be a sinner.
But Dr. Sebi also has his advocates, in http://advocatesfordrsebi.org, a comprehensive site owned and operated by Zee Malachi that is a collection of information about Dr. Sebi for the purpose "of making up for the injustice responsible for over 30 years of black people never knowing anything about the African Bio-mineral balance, Usha Village in Honduras" or even Dr. Sebi's official website. Malachi and his followers, and many others are fighting back now to keep Dr. Sebi's legacy alive. And so, I would conclude here that Dr. Sebi is perceived to be a saint.