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Alfredo Bowman Biography

Bio Synopsis

Alfredo Bowman, born November 26, 1933, was a herbalist and self-proclaimed healer whose client list included a number of celebrities. Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes, John Travolta and Michael Jackson are all reported to have been clients. Bowman claimed to have developed a miraculous herbal cure for a host of “pathologies”, including “arthritis, asthma, cancer, AIDS, diabetes”, and placed adverts to that effect. He never studied medicine and did not have a medical licence. Who is Dr Sebi? Read more


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Alfredo Bowman Early Life

Alfredo Darrington Bowman, most commonly known as Dr. Sebi, was born on November 26th, 1933 in Ilanga, Honduras. Despite having never received any formal education whatsoever, Bowman rose to fame after declaring he had discovered the cure for all diseases, a claim he stood by until the day he died. This assertion, along with many others, earned Bowman a cult-like following over the years. One that ballooned after the untimely death of West Coast rapper, Nipsey Hussle.

Dr. Sebi is a pathologist, herbalist, biochemist, and naturalist. Alfredo Darrington Bowman studied and personally observed herbs in North America, Central and South America, Africa, and the Caribbean, and has developed a unique approach and methodology to healing the human body with herbs that is firmly rooted in over 30 years of experience. Born in Honduras in 1933, Sebi immigrated to the United States where it is said he was unsuccessfully treated for his asthma, diabetes, obesity, and impotency. An herbalist in Mexico allegedly managed to heal Sebi, which led him to create his own herbal mixtures which he sold under the name “Dr. Sebi’s Cell Food”. Dr. Sebi inspired Facebook pages and groups with tens, sometimes hundreds of thousands of followers.

Sebi’s central belief seemed to have been that alkaline foods and herbs (pH > 7) are necessary to control the acid in our body, and that maintaining this alkaline state protects us from mucus build-up, which causes disease. This coronation of alkalinity as our long-awaited saviour reveals a deep misunderstanding of the human body. Our blood pH cannot be significantly altered; in fact, blood contains molecules of carbonic acid and sodium bicarbonate specifically to keep its pH between 7.35 and 7.45. Beyond that lie illness and death. That tidbit of high school biology however did not stop Sebi from selling a wide collection of herbal extracts.

Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes, John Travolta and Michael Jackson are all reported to have been clients. Bowman claimed to have developed a miraculous herbal cure for a host of “pathologies”, including “arthritis, asthma, cancer, AIDS, diabetes”, and placed adverts to that effect. He never studied medicine and did not have a medical licence.

Who is Dr. Sebi?

Alfredo Darrington Bowman, most commonly known as Dr. Sebi, was born on November 26th, 1933 in Ilanga, Honduras. Despite having never received any formal education whatsoever, Bowman rose to fame after declaring he had discovered the cure for all diseases, a claim he stood by until the day he died. This assertion, along with many others, earned Bowman a cult-like following over the years. One that ballooned after the untimely death of West Coast rapper, Nipsey Hussle.

In an interview with the Breakfast Club, the late rapper expressed concerns that he might be targeted for his support of the controversial herbalist, requesting that fans “ride” for him should that ever occur. And as mourners struggled to process the gruesome slaying, his request appeared more prophetic than suggestive.

Of the many claims made by Bowman, the most well-known centers around a New York Supreme Court trial that catapulted the healer to celebrity status. In an interview with Rock Newman, Bowman spoke openly of his victory, boasting on the fearlessness with which he tackled the cynics while representing himself. And given that the prosecution set out to prove that Bowman not only lied about his expertise and the effectiveness of his products, but did so intentionally for financial gain, the outcome of the trial proved paramount to his reputation.

“The judge said that I had to bring one of every patient that I had cured and there was one that said others. The others was a man that came from Italy, he was paralyzed. I was supposed to take 9, I took 77.”

Despite Bowman’s rejection of western medicine, he fully embraced western courts. He knew that for many, the validation of a western institution would remove all skepticism of his self-taught botany. And so Bowman traveled the world, telling the story of his Supreme Court victory and the 77 witness trial that ensued under the watchful eye of the toughest court in the land. Professing that even the trial judge, “Anne Schneiderman”, was so moved by the compelling testimonies that she too became a client. Followers of Bowman felt that this win both endorsed him and endangered him, making him, and any who dared to align with his message, enemies of the state. The only problem with the tale of the great Supreme Court victory is that it never happened.

Bowman vs State of NY and Attorney General, Robert Abrams

On February 9th, 1987, Bowman and his affiliate businesses faced off against the State of NY and then Attorney General, Robert Abrams. The courts alleged that Bowman was incapable of backing his medical claims due to insufficient research and testing as well as the fact that he never actually verified illnesses before treating them, a step he claimed to have no use for. Allegations of illegal and fraudulent practices, practicing medicine without a license and consumer fraud meant Bowman would have to prove that both he and his products were legitimate by a preponderance of the evidence. And while the tale of 77 witnesses sounds captivating, the actual trial proved to be far less eventful.

There were no witnesses, no triumphant grand stands, no “Anne Schneiderman’s” and certainly no victories to celebrate. Bowman requested to reach a resolution with the court to avoid the financial burden of additional petitioners and legal proceedings. He agreed to write retractions to all advertised claims of curing, treating and healing, refund all new and existing claimants and cease advertising, publicizing and distributing materials making these false claims. Following the loss, Bowman halted New York operations and relocated to the Los Angeles area, taking with him a distorted account of the Supreme Court proceedings in order to solidify his position in the global “Conscious Community”. This lie offered Bowman something that his honesty never could, and that something came with a hefty price tag.

Bowman’s Million Dollar Empire

At the root of Bowman’s million dollar empire was an herbal product marketed to the masses as an intra-cellular cleanse, a product said to rid the body of disease at the cellular level and restore the body to its’ original alkaline state. Bowman taught that all illness was brought about through the consumption of unnatural foods. He believed that the human body was electrical in nature and therefore could only absorb foods of the same electrical composition, a process he mislabeled as Chemical Affinity. And according to Bowman, when chemical affinity was interrupted, the body would become acidic and begin the production of mucus, the underlying culprit of all disease. Bowman credited his herbal compounds with healing people of AIDS, Herpes, Sickle Cell, Lupus, Cancer, and countless other incurable diseases, a tough sell if not for the validation of a U.S. Supreme Court. And upon closer review of the science behind Bowman’s claims, the sell becomes an even tougher one to make.

For starters, the human body produces 1–1.5L of mucus a day, making it virtually impossible to get rid of once and for all. Mucus membranes exist all throughout the body and without these protective linings we’d find it difficult to complete even the most basic bodily tasks, like blinking, swallowing, and having sex. Mucus keeps organs from drying out and acts as a barrier for foreign substances, even indicating when the body is fighting infection. Granted, the overproduction of mucus can cause discomfort and obstruction, sometimes resulting in serious ailment or sickness, but in appropriate quantities mucus is perfectly healthy. A quick encyclopedia search debunks most of Bowman’s theories with globally substantiated evidence. Meaning the lie afforded him the credibility that his products alone could not. And if his phantom Supreme Court victory was his wild card, his trump card centered on the element of celebrity. Michael Jackson, Steven Seagal and Teddy Pendegrass were just a few of the big names Bowman regularly dropped. Each, according to him, having a different collection of ailments and needing various forms of treatment, none too personal or too private for Bowman to share with the world.

“I told Mr. Teddy Pendagrass you paid the doctors $275,000 and they have you paralyzed. Tell you what I’m gonna do. I’m gonna charge you half that price but when I get to your waistline, got everything is moving except your leg, you’re gonna give me half my money. He said ‘alright’.”

Omar

In the case of the late Michael Jackson, Bowman claimed to have healed the singer of opioid addiction, a disease he suffered from until his death. And then there was a young man named “Omar”, who he alleged to be Jackson’s eldest and only biological son. In a seminar in Nassau, Bahamas, Bowman explained how he provided “Omar” with one of his strongest herbal compounds, causing him to sneeze 52 times, expelling a brain tumor through his nostril. Then there was a wheelchair-bound woman by the name of “Helga” who Bowman alleged to be the mother of Jackson’s son. Within days of receiving the herbal compound, “Helga” began to walk for the first time in 5 years, reporting that her monthly cycle had also returned. Finally, there was Jackson’s alleged secretary, “Grace Romanda”, a woman plagued by Lupus for 9 years who would also report complete healing after just 2 weeks of treatment. Bowman would later sue Jackson’s estate for non-payment, claiming he only received $10,000 on a $390,000 bill. Jackson’s estate has vehemently denied these claims, stating that Bowman never treated the singer for addiction and claiming no knowledge of the additional parties. Still, Bowman drew attention from every corner of the globe, boosted by rumored connections to Hollywood elites like Eddie Murphy and John Travolta. But his most publicized celebrity client was Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes.

“This young lady came to me because she needed help, right, her eyes were blinking very fast and she had her little thing that she was suffering with and she wanna get rid of. And she got rid of them. It was 4oclock in the morning, she’s in a 21 days fast. No, 42 days fast. Lisa came in the hut where I was living with these 2 cups of sea moss, I had her drinking sea moss. She said ‘You know you’ve helped me but you need healing’ and she was right… At the time I was involved with 3 different wives, I had 3 wives then, (names retracted). And my life was not as stable because I had other women pregnant, ya know, a young girl 19 years old were pregnant outside of those 3 wives… so Lisa said to me that I needed help and you know, I didn’t know how much help I needed until Lisa told me that morning.”

African Diet

Bowman struggled to convince native Africans that he was more knowledgeable of the “African diet” than they were, likely because he was convinced that Africans lived in the jungle and swung from trees, proving him to be quite ignorant of life on the continent. He found push back to his electrical food theory, preaching that the modern African diet consisted only of “blood and starch” (a gross misstatement of actual fact), and that those foods were resulting in chronic illness. In countries plagued by the AIDS virus, Bowman was labeled a conman out to prey on the sick. It seemed unimaginable that anyone who believed sperm was naturally green and women should menstruate once every 4 years for 10 minutes at a time could offer any insight on reproductive health, let alone people suffering from the lifelong effects of incurable sexually transmitted infections. His reputation as a snake oil salesman grew, resulting in his ejection from South Africa and Zimbabwe, as well as the islands of Dominica and St. Croix. Bowman could fool some of the people, some of the time, but not all of them. And somehow he still fooled us.

Dr. Sebi Diet

According to Dr. Sebi, disease is a result of mucus build-up in an area of your body. For example, a build-up of mucus in the lungs is pneumonia, while excess mucus in the pancreas is diabetes. He argues that diseases cannot exist in an alkaline environment and begin to occur when your body becomes too acidic. By strictly following his diet and using his proprietary costly supplements, he promises to restore your body’s natural alkaline state and detoxify your diseased body.

According to Dr. Sebi’s nutritional guide, you must follow these key rules:

  • Rule 1. You must only eat foods listed in the nutritional guide.
  • Rule 2. Drink 1 gallon (3.8 liters) of water every day.
  • Rule 3. Take Dr. Sebi’s supplements an hour before medications.
  • Rule 4. No animal products are permitted.
  • Rule 5. No alcohol is allowed.
  • Rule 6. Avoid wheat products and only consume the “natural-growing grains” listed in the guide.
  • Rule 7. Avoid using a microwave to prevent killing your food.
  • Rule 8. Avoid canned or seedless fruits.

There are no specific nutrient guidelines. However, this diet is low in protein, as it prohibits beans, lentils, and animal and soy products. Protein is an important nutrient needed for strong muscles, skin, and joints.

Death

Alfredo Bowman died after contracting pneumonia in 2016, aged 82. He was in police custody in Honduras after being arrested for money laundering.

Alfredo Darrington Bowman Biography and Profile

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