Dr. Sebi - Natural Nutrition Guru And Vegan Martyr

Dr. Sebi led a controversial life. His death while in police custody, was equally as mired in debate and mystery. Today, he's still loved by many for the natural health miracles he performed. However, he's scorned by just as many for being a charlatan and a snake oil salesman. Who was this Dr. Sebi? This vegetarian herbalist and naturalist 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 those who have elevated Dr. Sebi as a saint and those who have denigrated him as a sinner.

Dr. Sebi

Sinner or Saint?

Dr. Sebi spent thirty years claiming to cure some of the world's most fatal diseases: AIDS, cancer, diabetes, lupus and epilepsy. Yet, mainstream media did not cover his life, work, or death. During his life, Dr. Sebi appeared so irrelevant that he few even made the attempt to debunk his claims.

However, Dr. Sebi’s work went so far as to threaten the American Medical Association, major pharmaceutical companies, and the FDA. His subversion became so extreme 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 the judge asked Dr. Sebi to bring one patient to court who could testify Dr. Sebi cured them of these potentially fatal diseases. Dr. Sebi reportedly provided not one, but seventy. And so, his myth became legend.

Who was Dr. Sebi?

Dr. Sebi was 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 his own healing. Dr. Sebi 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. Ultimately, he paid the price for not following the rules during his lifetime and even more so during his final days.

The Arrest

On May 28th, 2016, law enforcement arrested Dr. Sebi in Honduras at Juan Manuel Galvez International Airport for carrying $37,000 in cash. He was released pending a court hearing, only for the Ministerio Público, Honduras' version of the FBI, to re-arrest him and charge him with money laundering.on June 3rd. Dr. Sebi remained in custody until August 6th, officials rushed him to a local hospital. He reportedly suffered from complications of pneumonia, which he then died from. The former perfectly healthy Dr. Sebi was eighty-two.

While it Honduran officials claim to have arrested Dr. Sebi on suspicion of money laundering, Erin Elizabeth of Healthnut News wrote, "There are already doubters [of the arrest], 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 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?

Once arrested in Honduras, Dr. Sebi’s family attempted to release him from customy. However, officials held him for over a month with no court date. Yet, he had not committed any serious crimes. The Chicago Defender further claims that no court case was set after his second arrest so bail was never set.

Dr. Sebi’s Work

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.

Dr. Sebi 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. Aniys details 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, 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.

Dr. Sebi’s Legacy today

For those interested in another resource about the mucus free life see Professor Spira's info@mucusfreelife.com  Prof. Spira was a 280 pound nineteen-year-old former high school football player who suffered from multiple ailments and grew up accepting that he was genetically destined to be chronically sick his whole life. That changed when he learned about Arnold Ehret’s Mucusless Diet Healing System.

So, was Dr. Sebi a saint or a sinner? Professor Spira revealed during an appearance on the Rock Newman Show that he was once 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, Dr. Sebi’s research is invalid because "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, Quack Watch points out that Dr. Sebi’s explanations "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."

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…"  Quackwatch also protests, saying "I do not believe that genes 'vibrate' or that food can be 'electric.'” These arguments about Dr. Sebi’s moral point to a decided few who believe he is more of a sinner than a saint.

But Dr. Sebi also has his advocates. On advocatesfordrsebi.org, Zee Malachi has created a comprehensive site collecting information about Dr. Sebi. The site’s purpose to “[make] 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.” Malachi and his followers are fighting to keep Dr. Sebi's legacy alive. To these supporters of the late Dr. Sebi, he is completely a saint.