Dr Sebi (Alfredo Bowman)

Alfredo Darrington Bowman (26 November 1933 – 6 August 2016), better known as Dr. Sebi, (/seɪbiː/) was a Honduran herbalist and self-proclaimed healer.Bowman claimed to cure all disease with herbs and a unique vegan diet based on various pseudoscience claims. His diet was based on the discredited alkaline diet. His knowledge and research on the origin of disease denied germ theory and taught that HIV is not the cause of AIDS, and factored in faux-afrocentric claims about the unique genetic characteristics of Africans and its diaspora.

Although he used the name Dr. Sebi, Bowman was not a doctor and was considered a quack by modern medicine.

Early years:

Bowman was born in Ilanga, Honduras. He first learned of herbal healing from his grandmother. Bowman moved to the United States and, according to his literature, was dissatisfied with traditional medical practices in treating his asthma, diabetes, and impotency. After visits to Mexico to see an herbalist,Bowman claimed to have healed him he began an herbal healing practice in New York.


He began another practice in Honduras he called the USHA Research Institute in a village called Usha near La Ceiba, Honduras. Bowman made vast amounts of money, more than $3000 a day,after giving advice to some notable celebrities including Lisa LopesSteven SeagalJohn TravoltaEddie Murphy and Michael Jackson. After the lawsuits in New York he relocated to Los Angeles, California.

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In 1987, New York City charged him with a criminal charge of practicing medicine without a license. It was recognized that "Dr. Sebi" was not a physician, he was acquitted because jurors claimed the state failed to show he made a medical diagnosis.He was later sued by the New York Attorney General for consumer fraud and prevented from making therapeutic claims for his products.

People of the State of New York v. Ogun Herbal Research Institute

At a 1993 Congressional hearing, Shirley Stark, who headed the NYAG's Consumer Fraud Section, indicated that a civil suit against Bowman's company had been successful, stating:

"A particularly glaring example of unsubstantiated therapeutic claims made for herbal supplements occurred a few years ago when the USHA Herbal Research Institute, run by a self-styled nutritionist calling himself "Dr. Sebi," advertised in the Village Voice and the Amsterdam News that "AIDS HAS BEEN CURED" by USHA and that they also specialize in cures for Leukemia, sickle cell anemia, herpes, lupus and other diseases. For an initial fee of $500 and $80 for each additional visit, patients were told they could be cured of AIDS and other diseases. The "cures" consisted of various herbal products, for each of which USHA made therapeutic claims. Eva Therapeutic Salve, for example, was referred to in USHA's brochure as . . . "very effective on major skin problems, in prenatal use, against poor circulation, cancer, cysts, hemorrhoids and arthritis." In fact, these claims were false. Our office filed suit against USHA and entered a consent agreement under which USHA can no longer make therapeutic claims for any of its products"

The consent judgement prohibits the Ogun Herbal Research Institute (d/b/a "USHA"), Fig Tree Products Company, Alfredo Bowman, Maa Bowman, and their successors, heirs and assigns from claiming that their products or services could cure, relieve or alter in any way the course of AIDS, herpes, leukemia, sickle cell anemia, lupus, or any other human disease or physical condition, distributing or advertising such products, and diagnosing, treating or prescribing for any human disease without a valid state license by the New York State Education Department. A sum of $900 for costs was assessed to the defendants.

Alfredo Bowman and Dr. Sebi LLC v. Michael Jackson

In 2004, Bowman claims that he was not paid in full for an alleged treatment for Michael Jackson to help him overcome painkiller addiction to Demerol and morphine with his African Bio-Electric Cell Food Therapy, which apparently lasted six months at an Aspen retreat providing him with "special herb compounds" and trained cooks. Bowman claims that $380,000 was outstanding and sought $600,000 in lost revenue of the deferment of clients and various speaking arrangement after Jackson's brother Randy only gave him $10,000. Raymone Bain, a publicist of Jackson acknowledges that Bowman was a friend of Jackson but denies that his client received any "professional treatment" or that he had any painkiller addiction. The case was dismissed in 2015 for lack of prosecution.



Update 11/10/16
Dr. Sebi died in jail on August 6, 2016 after being arrested on money laundering charges. Now Dr. Sebi was found not guilty of the money laundering charges.

The Dr. Sebi Cell Food Facebook page released a post on November 9, 2016 stating Dr. Sebi and Pablo Medina were found not guilty the day before of money laundering by the Court in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

Pablo Medina was released from jail and is on his way home to his family at Dr. Sebi’s Cell Food in California.

The Dr. Sebi community feels there was foul play involved in his death and that he died while being falsely accused.

He was held for several weeks in a Honduran prison as his family was attempting to obtain his release and subsequently died en route to Hospital D'Antoni on 6 August 2016 due to complications of pneumonia after police officials realized the severity of his health.The length of his time in custody and the condition of the jail may have contributed to his death.

There is a conspiracy theory believed by some among his followers who question his arrest and death claiming that there was a conspiracy to silence him because his teachings differed from the medical establishment.