Alfredo Bowman or better known as Dr. Sebi died earlier this month while being under police custody in his native Honduras. He was known for his claims of having cured almost every disease known to men, including cancer and AIDS.
After being found with over $37,000 in May, he was arrested but released shortly after. On June 3rd he was rearrested under suspicion of money laundering and remained under arrest until his death on 6th of August at the age of 82.
He was a father of17 children and a personal physician to many celebrities including Eddie Murphy and John Travolta. Dr. Sebi successfully fought against a Supreme Court decision, which had attempted to stop him practicing medicine and had claimed his cures were fraudulent. Taking into account the fact that he was a personal physician to famous people, his claims of curing cancer and AIDS and the accusations, his death went largely unnoticed.
There are many ambiguities surrounding his case, and here are five of them:
- The arrest
Even though his criminal records never saw the light of day, according to the media he was detained because he was caught with a large sum of money. But, he did have many celebrities as patients, so having that sum of money shouldn’t be so odd.
- The bail
His last six weeks passed in police custody while waiting for an official court date. It is unclear why the Honduran judicial system was so slow in processing his case considering that his crime wasn’t serious and should have been dealt with quickly so he could leave the prison on bail.
- AIDS and cancer cure
Not many people dare to make such a bold statement – having the cure for the deadliest diseases. But, Dr. Sebi bravely claimed he cured his patients b altering their diet. According to him, detoxing the body by cutting out all meat, seafood, and processed foods and eating leafy greens, raw nuts, quinoa, and rye instead can boost the body’s ability to fight off disease to such an extent that it could fight off the diseases of its own accord.
- Court case
He went to the point where he advertised his claims of curing AIDS in the New York Times. In 1988, he was arrested and charged with practicing medicine without a license and fraudulently claiming to have cure for AIDS. When the judge asked for one patient who was cured by Dr. Sebi, he subsequently produced 70 patients which resulted in ruling the case in Dr. Sebi’s favor.
- Marginalized figure
Even though Dr. Sebi proved in a reputable court of law that his claims of finding a cure for some of the most devastating diseases in human history were not fraudulent, he remained largely unknown throughout his life. His death wasn’t reported by mainstream media and only few column inches covered his healing philosophy, and we’re talking about a man who could’ve saved millions of lives.
Dr. Sebi’s life and death are one big mystery. Did the pharmaceutical companies tried to keep him quiet in order to continue gaining profit from the sick, or was he really not taken seriously? No matter the answer to these questions, one thing is for sure. This man dedicated his life trying to help millions in need before they gave up all hope, which is a reason enough to mourn his death.