Dr. Sebi Biography

Alfredo Darrington Bowman, a.k.a Dr. Sebi, was born in 1933 in Honduras where he also sadly died on August 6, 2016.

He never attended formal school yet discovered how to treat several life threatening diseases, healing people that most modern doctors claimed to be incurable. 

A lifetime of study and research into alternative health and healing through plant-based diets and herbs led to him pioneering what he called the African Bio-Mineral Balance, also known as the Dr. Sebi Diet.

Research and studies

Dr. Sebi was knowledgeable of several disciplines within healing and alternative medicines. In one video we witness him talking about Samuel Hahnemann and his work on Homeopathy and Allopathy. 

Not only did he study the work of Europeans, Dr Sebi was also well-versed in South and East Asian schools of thought such as Ayurveda and Yin and Yang. 

While he never sought to criticism or condemn the healing practices or general eating habits of other cultures and people, he made a point of emphasizing the role genetics plays in determining the right type of food for each of us. 

Genetics and diet

Dr. Sebi placed a great deal of emphasis on the connection between genetics and food. 

 "If you're gonna heal someone you have to find the diet that is consistent with that person, with their genes."

He compared himself, a black man, to the likes of an Eskimo, saying that he could "never consume the amount of fat that an Eskimo can" - his body wouldn't be able to handle it, simply put, because it doesn't need to...

"It's not about if anyone is better or worse, good or bad, in nature that doesn't exist. What exists in nature is merely difference".

Relationship with celebrities

From movie stars to pop stars, Dr. Sebi was involved with a number of very high profile celebrities throughout his career. The likes of Michael Jackson, John Travolta, Eddie Murphy and others all sought him out.

Especially noteworthy is Lisa "left eye" lopes who was first introduced to Dr. Sebi in 1997 and frequently visited Honduras to undergo cleanses under his guidance. She described Dr Sebi as being a "gift" and claimed that he is someone she "believes in" despite what the media were saying.

Lawsuits and court cases

Dr Sebi was first charged as far back as 1987 when New York City pinned a criminal charge of practicing medicine without a license on him. He was acquitted (found not guilty) as the jury claimed that the state failed to show that he did in fact make any official medical diagnosis.

In 1993, however, more serious action was taken against Dr Sebi and USHA. This time in the form of a civil lawsuit stating that they had been making "unsubstantiated therapeutic claims".

This meant a fine for Dr Sebi and company along with explicit orders prohibiting "Ogun Herbal Research Institute (USHA), Fig Tree Products Company, Alfredo Bowman, Maa Bowman, and their successors, heirs and assigns from claiming that their products or services could cure, relieve or alter in any way the course of AIDS, herpes, leukemia, sickle cell anemia, lupus, or any other human disease or physical condition, distributing or advertising such products, and diagnosing, treating or prescribing for any human disease without a valid state license by the New York State Education Department."

Arrest and death

In 2016 events that would ultimately lead to Dr. Sebi's demise began to unfold when he was first arrested in March "while attempting to transfer from a commercial flight from the United States to a private plane at the Juan Manuel Gálvez de Roatan Airport" in Honduras carrying $34,000 in cash.

In May he was arrested yet again, this time with $50k in cash. After being taken into custody he was released in June before being re-arrested by the Public Ministerio on money laundering charges.

Despite being seriously unwell at the time, the 82 year old Dr Sebi was held in a Honduran prison for weeks before passing away en route to Hospital D'Antoni on 6 August 2016 due to complications of pneumonia.

Many out there seriously believe that the "length of his time in custody and the condition of the jail may have contributed to his death". And that his arrest and subsequent death were part of some larger scheme to silence him due to the nature of his teachings and the clear conflicts they had with the "medical establishment".