by LeeAnn Chisolm
I’m embarrassed to say I was still learning of Dr. Sebi when I got the news of his untimely death earlier this month. A vegetarian herbalist, healer, pathologist, and biochemist, Sebi, born Alfredo Bowman, first caught media attention when he declared and proved that he could cure AIDS in 1988. Fast forward to today, and his legacy lives on through those he has healed and the healers he has educated.
While the cause of his death is too suspicious to ignore, much like the deaths of too many other naturopathic practitioners, we must do our due diligence to ensure that what he stood for and what he lived for continues on.
He showed the world that our body has the ability to heal itself if given the right tools. His tools of choice: Electric Foods
From dandelion greens to mangos to quinoa, Dr. Sebi reminded us that every remedy to every ailment is readily available to us through what we ingest. And not only should we seek out healing foods, but how we eat them is crucial. Cooking destroys the essential nutrients found in our food, leaving us with possibly well seasoned but notably dead food which adds no value to our living bodies. Raw and living foods are the best sources of medicine.
Dr. Sebi also reminded us of the importance of living in balance with nature. The USHA Village in La Cieba Honduras is a prime example of what this can look like and the beauty that can emerge from thriving organically. We don't realize how caught up we are in the system until we put our feet in the water, until we soak up the unpolluted air, until we take time for ourselves and reconnect with our natural surroundings. As much as food is a part of the healing process, so is our state of mind. It is in nature we find peace. The two go hand in hand.
Finally, Dr. Sebi fought fervently against Big Pharm because "disease is a multibillion dollar industry." I'll repeat, DISEASE IS A MULTIBILLION DOLLAR INDUSTRY. Cures don't make anyone money; however, sustaining illness does. It is important that we recognize our power in choosing not only what we put in our bodies but what we support.
While there is still so much more to be remembered about the medicine man, I come away with a greater sense of responsibility to healing myself and others, to educating myself and others. May we keep reminding people of their power and the deceit we have been born into. May we rise above our own afflictions and reconnect with what has always been ours: the ability to heal.