on matters of food and health
When I open the wooden screened door of Sebi’s cabin, I grin and watch a surprising scene: Dr. Sebi—curer of diabetes, high blood pressure, and cancer; herbalist to celebrities; advocate of alkaline food—eating cookies with Matun. I sit down and join them. Every now and then Sebi falls off the wagon. I couldn’t help thinking that the renowned healer was cheating on his die-hard alkaline diet. Sebi sees it another way.
“We call it cheating instead of a conditioning,” he says. “It’s not a cheating. That doesn’t exist, because the gorilla never cheats. The gorilla eats exactly what he was designed to eat throughout his lifetime. So why is it that the gorilla, when he finds himself in a zoo, he too begins to cheat? Because they feed him bananas. Gorilla does not eat bananas in the forest. But in a zoo he eats bananas. When we were in the forest, we didn’t eat rice and beans. Goats and cows, that represent poison, because there isn’t any nutritionist or biochemist that could show scientifically the benefit of animal blood in the human body. Blood represents
disease. Blood is the carrier of disease. And the liver is the filter. So how could ingesting the blood of an animal be useful in my nutrition? So cheating is a conditioning. It’s not a conscious, deliberate act.”
“What we’re doing now, we’re eating cookies,” I say, chewing what tastes like a gingersnap.
“Well, we are what you would call cheating.”
“We are cheating then?”
“No, but remember, we are only submitting to that part of us that has been so conditioned throughout the years,” he clarifies.
The story continues in Dr. Sebi Speaks of Dembali.
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