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Amidst the sudden and premature death of rapper Nipsey Hussle in March 2019, news spread fast about a holistic healer who was the center of many conspiracy theories and allegations in the late ‘80s. Born as Alfredo Bowman, Dr. Sebi was a Honduran herbalist, naturalist, and self-proclaimed intracellular therapist who claimed of healing people from AIDS, cancer, lupus, epilepsy, diabetes, etc. His treatment plans involved natural plant foods and herbs to prevent diseases and even cancer. As a cellular biologist, his research and claims interested me and inspired this post to further analyze his theories.
Dr. Sebi’s methodology revolves around an alkaline plant diet consisting of fruits, nuts, legumes and vegetables which prevent harmful mucus buildup that develops disease. Your metabolism is the process of breaking down food into energy which is known to leave behind ‘metabolic waste’. This waste that is left depends on the food you eat; for example, acidic foods such as meat, poultry, fish, dairy, eggs, etc. leaves phosphate, sulfur, and protein waste. However, alkaline diet components leave behind calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Sebi thereby theorizes that the acidic metabolic waste left after food digestion has the potential to alter the body’s pH leading to fatal consequences for the individual if left untreated.
In 1931, Dr. Otto Warburg was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for discovering that “No disease, including cancer, can exist in an alkaline environment.” In normal body tissue, the pH of blood is slightly alkaline at a value of 7.4. Critics of Sebi’s theory claim that the acids and alkaline waste from food only has the ability to shift the body’s urine pH, and not blood. Therefore, the biggest question challenging Sebi’s theories is: Can food from the diet alter the body’s blood pH? Currently, scientists are tirelessly researching attempting to clinically answer this question, so until then, the decision is yours.
Dr. Sebi’s diet is simply a vegan, plant-based nutritional plan that rejects man made food. Following the alkaline diet means choosing fruits and vegetables over high fat and calorie food choices. Whether you believe his cancer curing theory or not, it is public knowledge that eating heathy benefits your body. And we all know the famous saying: “You are what you eat.”
“REAL soul food is food that enhances the Soul, Our Central Sun, Our Melanin, Our Carbon. Fruits, vegetables, and grains are the REAL soul food.” – Dr. Sebi
1 Corinthians 10:31 – ‘So, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the Glory of God.’