Alfredo Bowman otherwise known as Dr Sebi was born in 1933 in Honduras. He emigrated to the United States in order to be treated for asthma, diabetes, obesity and impotence. The treatments were unsuccessful. He was influenced by an herbalist in Mexico where Sebi claims to have healed him. Because of this he created his own herbal mixtures and called it “Dr. Sebi’s Cell Food.”
In 1987 he was sued for practicing medicine without a license. He was acquitted when the state could not prove he gave out medical diagnoses.
After that the state of New York successfully sued him for consumer fraud. He was served a temporary restraining order that was granted on February 9, 1987 by Judge Kenneth Shorter. This restraining order forbade him from committing consumer fraud. He was ordered to pay $900 and to cease from making disease related claims.
This court case resulted in a permanent injunction which stated they are permanently forbade from claiming, orally or in writing, directly or by implication that his services or products can cure, mitigate, or in any way relieve or alter the course of AIDS, herpes, leukemia, sickle cell anemia, lupus or any other human disease, pain, injury, deformity or physical condition.
It also stated he was not allowed to distribute or publish any advertisement, brochure or other printed matter or broadcasting any advertisement which claims directly or by implication that his service or products can cure, mitigate or in any way relieve or alter the course of AIDS, leukemia, sickle cell anemia, lupus or any other human disease, pain, injury, deformity or physical condition.
In addition he was forbade from diagnosing, treating or prescribing for any human disease, pain, injury, deformity or physical condition without a valid license to practice medicine issued by the New York State Department of Education.
It also stated that he is forbidden to sell or otherwise distribute any product which are labeled otherwise advertised with claims regarding the product’s ability either alone or in combination with other products or procedure, to aid in diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease in humans or other animals.
Lastly, he was ordered that Sebi to distribute a copy of the judgement to every person who works for him or performs any service for him in any capacity, either for pay or as a volunteer or as an independent contractor, whether currently or in the future. Sebi is also ordered to obtain a written receipt of a copy of the order from each of these people no later than 10 days after service of a copy of the judgement or within three days of an individual’s first day in association with Sebi.
Later, he was accused in Honduras of money laundering and was incarcerated until he died in 2016 from pneumonia.
Dr Sebi’s Search for Alkalinity
Sebi’s main belief was that alkaline foods and herbs, which are substances with a pH >7, are required to control the acid in the body. Maintaining an alkaline state protects the body from mucus buildup, which causes disease. He touted the coronation of alkalinity as the long awaited savior. This reveals a grave misunderstanding of the human body.
Human blood pH cannot be significantly altered. Blood contains molecules of carbonic acid and sodium bicarbonate which keep the pH between 7.35 and 7.45. If pH is higher than that, the patient can become very ill and even die. This high school level science content did not stop Sebi from selling a wide collection of herbal extracts.
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There is no scientific evidence to support the Dr. Sebi Diet. He encouraged people to eat whole foods and avoid processed food. This diet is restrictive and may not include important nutrients. It has been known to cause a deficiency in vitamin B 12, protein, and omega 3 fatty acids,
The Dr Sebi diet includes:
vegetables including avocado, kale, bell peppers and wild arugula
fruits including apples, bananas, dates and seville oranges
grains including rye, wild rice, spelt and quinoa
oils including avocado, hempseed, coconut, and olive oils. The diet advises cooking in coconut and hemp seed oil
nuts and seeds including hemp and raw sesame seeds, tahini butter and walnuts
herbal teas including chamomile, fennel, and ginger
natural sweeteners including agave syrup and date sugar
spices including cayenne and powdered seaweed
African Bio-mineral Balance Compounds
Sebi’s Cell Food products, or otherwise known as African Bio-mineral Balance Compounds) are made of herbs, algae and seaweeds. His products are still being sold today but there is an unsettling warning.
“Dr. Sebi’s Original and Unique formulas are proprietary and may contain ingredients not listed here”
If one paid attention to the ingredients, there are a lot of repeated ingredients. It seems like they cannot make up their minds on what they do.
Product list (side effects of each ingredient is linked):
Tooth Powder ($25) is supposed to take care of oral health and is supposed to replace toothpaste. Ingredients: myrrh gum powder, encino (no scientific data available but search indicates it might be dental botox), cuachalalate.