Dr. Sebi was a Honduran herbalist that is believed by many to have cured AIDS, diabetes, cancer, herpes, and many other diseases. Strangely with all those claimed accomplishments, he didn’t receive much media coverage while he was alive. Now, nearly three years after his death, there seems to have been a surge in the popularity of his name.
From his several arrests during his life to conspiracy theories surrounding his death and bickering back and forth between family members claiming to be the only “authorized” to spread his teachings or sell his products, Dr. Sebi’s teachings and herbal recommendations have always been a center of controversy.
Dr Sebi’s beginnings – From humble beginnings in Honduras to being sought after by celebrities in the US
Dr. Sebi was born Alfredo Darrington Bowman in the small town of Ilanga, Colon in the country of Honduras in 1933. This part of the country, I am very fond of since my grandfather was also born there. It is a beautiful tropical area that is very lush and not far from the Caribbean coast.
Online accounts are not very clear about when Dr. Sebi moved to the US. However by listening to him speak, it is obvious that he had spent many years immersed in US culture. In most of his early years in the US, he resided in New York where he would later launch his herbalist career and end up in hot water with the federal government.
His grandmother taught him many natural remedies using herbs when he was in Honduras. But when he was in the US he got to experience unwanted effects and ineffectiveness with traditional pharmaceuticals when trying to heal many of his own ailments. Dr. Sebi began taking trips to Mexico to visit a herbalist. He claimed to have been healed by many of his ailments by using the herbs recommended by the Mexican herbalist he was visiting.
When he returned to New York he began his herbalist career. In 1987, he was charged with practicing medicine without a license, a case which he would beat and soon catapult his earnings. Soon he would be sought after several celebrities including Michael Jackson, John Travolta, Steven Seagal, Eddie Murphy, and Lisa Lopes
Dr Sebi’s legal issues – From New York state and city officials to Honduran officials
In an interview of Dr. Sebi that is online, he said his mom warned him that if he pursued healing ailments “they” would come after him. Looking back to the legal issues that came after, this definitely came to fruition.
In 1987, Dr. Sebi was charged in New York for practicing medicine without a license. This was caused by an ad he put out in newspapers stating that “AIDS has been cured”. The New York State Attorney General and the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs asked him to remove the ads. He refused to remove them and was subsequently arrested.
Charges were dismissed after he produced 70 patients that would testify that they had been cured of the virus. He was still later sued by the State of New York for consumer fraud. He was ordered to pay $900 and refrain from making claims of curing specific diseases.
The fact that the original charges were dropped seemed to have only boosted his credibility. He soon moved to California where he would become sought after by many celebrities and wealthy clients although he stayed for the most part, out of the spot light.
In March 2016, he was arrested in Honduras for carrying $37,000 in cash. Officials cited that he was money laundering even though no such evidence was ever produced. On May 28 of the same year, he was arrested again with $50,000 in his possession. Officials cited the same accusations and soon released him pending a court hearing slated for June 6, 2016. He was soon rearrested by Honduran Public Prosecuter’s Office (Ministerio Publico de Honduras) and charged with money laundering.
After spending several weeks in a Honduras prison with his family frantically attempting to get him released, Dr. Sebi died while in route to a hospital in La Ceiba Honduras after suffering from complications of pneumonia.
Conspiracy Theories – Was Dr. Sebi persecuted by the government?
After his death, many theories came out claiming that Dr. Sebi was killed by the government for opposing traditional modern pharmaceuticals. Theories like this lead him to become the subject of more coverage in media outlets and gained the attention of now deceased rapper Nipsey Hussle.
In March 2019, Nipsey Hussle was gunned down in Los Angeles for what authorities claim was due to a personal matter. Many believe that he was also killed by the government for contemplating on doing a documentary on Dr. Sebi.
Shortly before his own death, Nipsey Hussle jokingly implied that the documentary could result in his death. Even though most evidence seems to aim at his death being unrelated to Dr. Sebi, many have still hung on to the idea of his death being a government conspiracy just as Dr. Sebi’s. .
The Legacy of Dr. Sebi – His products and documentary
Since Dr. Sebi’s death in 2016, much controversy has surrounded his name. He has been thrust into the conversations of many online. From people who are seeking to better their health to people looking to gain attention or money by use of his name.
The documentary about Dr. Sebi that Nipsey Hussle was working on before he was murdered is something that has now received even more of a buzz. It has now been reported by Nick Cannon that he will be taking over the project. He has reached out to some of Dr. Sebi’s family members to get material for his future project.
There does seem to be a lot of division between Dr. Sebi’s family and associates. In several interviews online, his children and spouses can be heard attempting to discredit each other.
Dr. Sebi had 17 live children at the time of his death. The family seems to be divided between the children of both his spouses Maha Bowman and Patsy Bowman.
Maha Bowman was his first wife. In a recent interview with a New York radio station she claimed to have been present when he first began his herbal quests to Mexico. She seemed to try to discredit any entities associated with his spouse at the time of his death, Patsy Bowman.
It seems that both sides of his family are attempting to use Dr. Sebi’s name to sell natural products. No one seems to be in agreement about it. It seems that his first wife Maha and children are mostly based in New York and his second wife, Patsy and children here in Honduras.
It will be interesting to see if the documentary whether it will shed any more light on his children and add clarity to his final wishes. As of now, I have not seen much media about his kids in Honduras nor his wife Patsy Bowman. It is probably because of geography.
Much of Dr. Sebi’s teachings were recommendations of to eat and what not to eat. He created what we know as Dr. Sebi electric food list. There are many Dr. Sebi products online although after his death it has become hard to decipher which were his official products or authorized by him.
Conclusion – One way or another Dr. Sebi’s legacy continues
It is becoming more difficult to deny the impact that Dr. Sebi made. He has awakened many to try alternative options to not just treat ailments but also avoid them. I believe in time we will continue to see a growth in interest of his teachings.
In our store we carry some natural herbs that were recommended by Dr. Sebi. (We are also open to special requests) Although we are not associated with Dr. Sebi or any of his entities, we have access to many of the herbs he recommended many of which are easily found here in Honduras.
If you have any experiences with Dr. Sebi’s products or any questions or comments at all, please share them with us in the comments section.