A Life Worth Remembering
Alfredo Darrington Bowman was a Honduran vegetarian, herbalist, healer, pathologist, biochemist and naturalist of holistic medicine. He was also known as Dr. Sebi andhe considered himself an African, not an African-Honduran, but an African in Honduras.
He died on August 6, 2016 due to complications of pneumonia during his police custody in Honduras. Bowman was born on November 26, 1933 in Ilanga, Honduras. He did not receive a formal education, not even kindergarten. Instead he was educated by his grandmother, Mama Hay.
While he was living a prosperous lifestyle, he was suffering from asthma, diabetes, impotency and obesity. His first trip to America was to find a cure for his ailments but it was not successful. After venturing to Mexico, a local herbalist was able to heal him. The herbalist also taught him the principles of his healing methods.
Through his grandmother’s wisdom and his experience in Mexico, he became invigorated and made a decision to dedicate his life to holistic medicine. He devoted his life to promoting the holistic approach towards wellbeing, taking advantage of the natural vegetation’s cell compounds ability to cleanse and revitalize the cells within the human body. Among his many advocacies is the alkaline diet, which is eating mostly fruits, vegetables, soybeans, tofu, nuts, and legumes.
His career features a slew of cures for the world’s “incurable” diseases.He also treated notable celebrities such as Lipa Lopes, Steven Seagal, John Travolta, Eddie Murphy and Michael Jackson from his dependency on pain killers.
In the 1980s, he ran a series of newspaper ads including one in the New York Post.
In 1993, a Congressional hearing, Shirley Stark, who headed the NYAG’s Consumer Fraud Section, indicated that a civil suit against Bowman and his company had been successful, stating: “A particularly glaring example of unsubstantiated therapeutic claims made for herbal supplements occurred a few years ago when the USHA Herbal Research Institute, run by a self-styled nutritionist calling himself, Dr. Sebi, advertised in the Village Voice and Amsterdam News that, “AIDS WAS CURED” by USHA and that they also specialize in cures for Leukemia, Sickle Cell Anemia, Herpes, Lupus and other diseases. For an initial fee of $500 and $80 for each additional visit, patients were told they could be cured of AIDS and other diseases. The “cures” consisted of various herbal products, for each of which USHA made therapeutic claims. Eva Therapeutic Salve, for example, was referred to in USHA’s brochure as follows: “Very effective on major skin problems, in prenatal use, against poor circulation, cancer cysts, hemorrhoids and arthritis” Stark stated that these claims are false. Their office filed suit against USHA and entered a consent agreement under which USHA can no longer make therapeutic claims for any of its products.
This also prohibits the Ogun Herbal Research Institute, Fig Tree Products Company, Alfredo Bowman, Maa Bowman, their successors, heirs and their assigns from: a. Claiming that their products and/ or services could cure, relieve or alter the course of AIDS, herpes, leukemia, sickle cell anemia, lupus, or any other human diseases and/ or physical conditions. b. Distributing and/ or advertising such products and c. Diagnosing, treating or prescribing for any diseases without a valid state license by the New York State Education Department
A sum of $900 for costs was assessed to the defendants.
In the summer of 2016, Bowman was arrested for bringing $37,000 unaccounted cash while attempting to board a private plane from Juan Manuel Galvez de Roatan Airport. He was then released pending court hearing on June 6, 2016, only to be arrested again by Public Ministerio on money laundering charges. He was detained for several weeks while his family attempted to obtain his release. He died en route to Hospital D’Antoni on August 6, 2016 due to complications of pneumonia after police officials realized the severity of his condition.
Many of his supporters remain skeptical of his death and claims that there is a conspiracy on his arrest. Alfredo Bowman or Dr. Sebi might be gone, but his legacy lives on. From the alkaline diet and from the testimonials of his patients, including his celebrity patients, that his holistic methods continue to change the lives of those who are willing to believe.
"Legacy of Dr. Sebi"