Dr. Sebi's Office
2807 La Cienega Ave.
Los Angeles, Ca. 90034
"HERBALIST TAKES ON SUPREME COURT AND FOUND TO CURE AIDS, CANCER AND OTHERS" L. M. Patrick (December 10, 1997)
While the world is in search of cures for terminal diseases like AIDS and Cancer, one man claims to have already done so.
Alfred Bowman, who is a Honduran Herbalist, also known as Dr. Sebi, said he has found the cure to AIDS, Cancer, Sickle Cell Anemia, Diabetes, and numerous others however, when he made this miraculous claim 10 years ago, he wasn’t commended….he was ARRESTED & JAILED.
In 1985, Dr. Sebi placed an ad in The Amsterdam News, The New York Post, and The Village Voice claiming to have cured AIDS and other diseases. The ad read: “AIDS HAS BEEN CURED BY THE USHA RESEARCH INSTITUTE, AND WE SPECIALIZE IN CURES FOR SICKLE CELL, LUPUS, BLINDNESS, HERPES, CANCER AND OTHERS.”
The ad ran for two years before it was noticed by the Attorney General of New York, who began to question Dr. Sebi’s claim. Dr.Sebi was instructed to remove the ad, and when he refused, within days he was served with arrest warrant. The read out from the Grand Jury read: “Mr. Alfred Bowman AKA Dr. Sebi, you are hereby charged with practicing medicine without a license, selling products not approved by the FDA (Federal Drug Administration), and claiming to cure AIDS, and other diseases which is a fraudulent claim.”
The problem with Dr. Sebi’s claim was that not only was he not a medical doctor, but he was healing people by methods that were “unscientific”. Dr. Sebi was healing and curing diseases through the use of herbs. Incidently, his title as a doctor comes from being a herbologist.
His claim of healing diseases through the use of herbs wasn’t based on theory, but instead based on fact because he was a living testimony. “I was weighing 280 lbs, my asthma increased, Diabetes became present, and at 28, I was impotent. I had visited the urologist, endocrinologist, internal medicine, and general practitioner. My weight increased, my diabetes increased, and my sex didn’t come back,” Dr. Sebi explained.
After numerous attempts to conquer his medical problems failed, he was referred to Mexico, where he bought some herbs and fasted for 94 days. “At the end of 94 days, I’d lost 89 lbs, I didn’t have diabetes, I didn’t have asthma, I was not impotent, and I threw away my glasses,” he said.
Dr. Sebi looks at herbs from a different perspective, his beliefs are based on principals directly from the Bible. “God said the herbs are for the healing of the nation. (Genesis 1:29, Ezekial 47:12). So, if you think God didn’t know what he was doing, we have just committed our biggest mistake. If we don’t believe God that the herbs are a healing of the nation, then we can go to a man by the name of Hypocrites,” he stated.
Hypocrites was recorded as being the world’s first doctor, and according to Dr.Sebi, he cured everyone with herbs. “Every disease known to man, he cured with plants. God said the herbs work, Hypocrites used herbs 365 years before Christ was born.” He continued, “many times we hear people say that only Jesus heals, well Jesus used herbs too, but there were people healing long before Jesus. That is not to discredit Jesus, it’s just that God said the herbs are for the healing of the nations.”
Unfortunately, for Dr. Sebi, the Attorney General and the State of New York were not willing to accept this methodology, and as a result they began to cause problems for him and his institute, problems he’d anticipated.
“We heard many times that when you put and ad in the newspaper saying that you cure a disease, you go to jail, especially with AIDS. Well I kept hearing that for years, even the healers in New York said that I was going to jail,” he said. And jail is exactly where he went. After refusing to comply with the demands of the Attorney General he was sent to jail. After a few days had passed, his luck began to change.
“About a week of being in jail the Judge said, would you please let Mr. Alfredo Bowman, or Dr. Sebi out and have him come to my office. I went to your honor’s chambers. He said, ‘so you are the man who isn’t afraid to take on the world. ‘I said, that’s a piece of cake. He said why, I said because everyone is on the quantum theory, the little bubble, and life is outside of that.
He said, “may I ask you a question?…Why do you claim to cure AIDS?” I said, well I have a mother, I have a nation, I have myself that I represent, you being a judge, you already know why I say I cure AIDS.”
Dr. Sebi continued, “he looked at the lady that was sitting at the table and he turned to her and said, did you all investigate this man before you arrested him, because he claims to cure AIDS. Did you investigate the man? She said, “No.” The judge said, “well, the answer he just gave me, he cures AIDS, you all are in trouble.”
Dr. Sebi was later found not guilty by the state of New York, and the Supreme Court because he was indeed curing people of various diseases. The prosecuting attorney said Dr. Sebi’s methods were unscientific, and accused him of being out of his mind, but Dr. Sebi was able to convince the court of his methodology.
“I showed them when you have sinusitis, what’s in the nasal passage, they said mucous. When you have bronchitis, what’s in the bronchial tubes, they said mucous. And when you have pneumonia what’s in the lungs they said mucous. And when you have Diabetes what is obstructing the pancreas passages?…Mucous again. Everything is mucous, from AIDS to blindness is mucous in the system that needs to be swept out,” Dr. Sebi explained.
Dr. Sebi has compounded those things and formed his institute, and he also has a factory where he manufacture's his products.
There are many herbal products on the market today, but Dr. Sebi said they are different from his products for two reasons: (1) they are not healing any diseases, because (2) they are man made products.
“The herbalists instead of using God’s herbs, they are using man made herbs. That is their biggest mistake and it continues to be their greatest mistake. When God made plants he made them complete, the molecular structure is complete. When man makes plants the molecular structure is incomplete, and there is an acid base,” he said.
Dr. Sebi’s wife, Matune, said the fact that they use natural herbs is what makes them different than most others. “We offer electric food that is natural to us. We are all electric. To live life is electrical. There is nothing in the supermarket that is alive. The only electric food is in the forest, “she said.
Dr. Sebi further explained, “All natural plants that God made are electrical. Everything that he made is electrical. The body is electrical, so you need electric food for an electric body, not a dead food.”
Dr. Sebi never received a formal education. He never even went to kindergarten, and he attributes his ability to understanding this perspective to his lack of education. “If I had gone to school I would have been embedded to a particular philosophy that would have prevented me from venturing into this larger spectrum that exists today that most people can not see because we are tied to a very small perimeter instead of venturing out.”
He said some of examples of plants that are being recommended to consumers that are not made by nature and God are peppermint, aloe vera, comfrey, and carrots…to name a few. He also said the only way for consumers to find out more about the differences between man made and nature made is through educating themselves.
In order for Dr. Sebi to establish himself with not only the courts, but to the people who sought cures was through proven, documented cases of people who were actually healed, people other than himself. He has cured numerous cases of AIDS, Cancer, Diabetes, and other diseases from people throughout the United States, and other countries. He recalled the first case of AIDS he actually treated and cured through herbs.
“A young man came to me with AIDS, who was sent to me from Memorial Hospital in Boston. He was about to die, and he had his coffin in the hospital already. The young man was from Washington, D.C., and the then Financial Independence Magazine Editor called me and said “have you ever treated AIDS?” I said no. But she had seen people who came to me with Sickle Cell Anemia, with Leukemia, and with blindness that were cured in Washington, D.C. She saw that much to encourage her to think that I may be of some use with AIDS.
I said, “ I have never cured AIDS before.” She said my brother-in-law’s brother has AIDS, do you want to treat him? I was in Puerto Rico at the time, and I told her to fly to New York, where I have a center on the corner of Flatbush and 5th Ave. I told her to go there and I will call the attendant and tell her what to give you. She did, and she flew to Boston and that evening she was there.”
He continued, “Mike was in the bed groaning, and moaning with Pneumocystic Pneumonia, and his coffin in the room. That was Saturday. They gave Mike the Herbs, and he opened his eyes about four hours later. Sunday morning Mike was sitting on the bed. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, he’s bathing himself. Two weeks later they kick him out of the hospital. He came back two months later, and they said he no longer had AIDS, that they must have made a mistake.”
Dr. Sebi said he saved that one diagnostic sheet, and soon after, “a Haitian came, another Haitian came, a Latin American from Puerto Rico came. When I had accumulated 5 AIDS patients that were cured, I began taking ads out in the newspapers telling the world I had cured AIDS.
Accompanying Dr. Sebi on his recent visit to Albany Georgia was one of his patients, Zaahirah, who is currently treating, and she had her own testimony to share. “I had been in a car accident, which happened in Philadelphia. I’ve seen over 35 doctors, I’ve had all kinds of treatments, and all kinds of tests, and nothing worked. The last doctor I’ve seen he gave me a lot of information about fasting and cures. I decided I had to do this myself. So I got a lot of information, and then I met Dr. Sebi about a month or so ago. I started on his products. Before I couldn’t walk, and they told me I should be in a wheelchair, but I refused to do that. I had a cane, and I always had to hold on. I couldn’t walk from my door to my car, it was too far.
Since I’ve been taking his products I’m still limping, but the pain is totally gone. I’m walking without holding on. I’m walking better than I have in four years. October 22, 1993, I had this accident, but it has made a big difference. I had heard about him when I was in Philadelphia years ago, but I never thought I’d get a chance to meet him, no one knew how to get his products. It was prior to the accident that I’d heard of him, but I never thought I’d meet him, so when I met him I was elated.”
He continues to cure hundreds of people through his herbs. He offers several packages to consumers, the ultimate of which consists of the total treatment in Honduras at his Holistic Village, “It has hot springs on it with effervescent springs and sulfur saunas. People go there from all over the world to be healed,” he said.
Although we do not subscribe to some of Dr. Sebi's spiritual and philosophical views, we do not deny his knowledge of herbs and recommend his treatment to anyone in need of healing.