Eventually in his 20's he developed health issues such and asthma, acid reflux and one doctor told him he had unhealthy sperm and might never have kids. Out of frustration he began researching on why he was so unhealthy. This lead to a slow but steady transformation to a healthier life style of plant based dieting and no processed food.
Jesse has now been a vegan for over 4 years and is a proud father of 2 healthy boys. His experience has lead him to spread awareness of the power of a plant based diet, animal cruelty, and environmental concerns. He is involved with many grass roots organizations striving to create change in NYC and can be reached on his Instagram page @vegantake0ver
Latest posts by Jesse Soberal (see all)
- The Sebi Diet: Confusion and Contradictions - March 18, 2016
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- How to Grow Your Own Food on a Patio or Roof - September 30, 2015
When I first went vegan several years ago I spent many hours researching, reading books, and watching lectures and documentaries trying to gather as much information as I could. A random person I talked to about my journey suggested I check out Dr. Sebi if I wanted to really know the truth about what we were eating. So I watched all his videos and became enamored with him because apparently he could cure any disease. He knew animal products were toxic, was an advocate of herbal medicine and was a powerful speaker. He convinced me that all his claims regarding foods were truth. So I began to promote him and all of his food teachings.
Dr. Sebi advocates eating a vegan diet and avoiding any hybrid food. He claims that any hybrid food is acidic and mucus forming. He claims that there is only one disease and it is mucus. He advocates to only eat from a food list he derived which is very limited and excludes many vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and grains.
He says carrots, celery, broccoli, potatoes, rice, aloe vera, wheat grass, spinach, lemons, cauliflower, turmeric, beets, peppermint, beans, garlic, all seedless fruits, most nuts, and any other hybrid food is acidic and poisonous to the body. He calls rice and beans hog food and not meant to be consumed by humans. He says spinach has the same nutritional value as eating paper. He claims that every hybrid plant is man made and acidic. He claims all hybrids have starch in them and that starch is poison. He says eating starch is literally like eating glue. He claims all heirloom natural plants which are made from nature and not man. He says these are what we should be eating and are alkaline. I honestly believed this and tried to stick to his diet.
As I slowly did more research on his claims I started seeing almost everything he said about certain hybrid plant based foods had no evidence to back it up. No studies. Nothing at all. I have heard many stories of people using many of these hybrid foods such as carrot juice or celery juice to heal themselves of many ailments. There are countless studies that show the benefits of many of these hybrid foods. What people also don’t realize is almost every banana, grape, orange, apple, and pear just to name a few foods is a hybrid. Just because a food is a hybrid doesn’t necessarily mean they are bad.
The problem I have with his claims is being vegan is hard enough. The food list is full of great foods. But to tell people many fruits and vegetables are toxic without any proof is actually bad for the movement. It makes people give up and think that eating healthy is too hard when everything is toxic and they revert to eating animals and junk food. We need to demand proof when we deal with anyone and not just blindly believe without evidence.
Dr. Sebi never went to school. Not even kindergarten but calls himself a doctor. He says he never read any books at all. Yet claims to understand every fruit and vegetable on earth and their origins. He claims to know if they are alkaline or acidic, without ever reading a book or performing any studies how is this possible?
One of the things that made me start to question Dr. Sebi and really opened my eyes was when I saw him speak in Brooklyn in November 2015. I was hoping to hear new information, perhaps more on healing herbs but instead he told the same stories I’ve read countless times on the internet. There was one thing that was different however, in his famous 2011 two hour lecture on YouTube he spoke on how good moringa was. I had never heard of it. I began buying it after researching more and it was clear how great it was nutritionally. Fast forward to the lecture I attended, in complete contradiction from all his previous talks, without any explanation or evidence he claimed moringa was now a poison hybrid not to be consumed. I soon noticed he commonly adds foods to his alkaline list that he previously said were acidic and removes other foods he originally stated were alkaline. For anyone trying to follow his diet it would be a nightmare.
Further research has led to uncovering many glaring red flags regarding Dr. Sebi’s work. His social media pages have said rice was plastic, so plastic is now grown on a plant and not made in a factory? They’ve said broccoli is laboratory made poison and had a release date just like an album or cd. This is just insane to me, broccoli sprouts are some of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet and have countless studies that show they can help with treating cancer and many other ailments. Turmeric has also been proven to reverse many diseases. The health benefits of beets and lemons are endless. Aloe Vera has been used for many centuries in many cultures, it has countless medicinal properties externally and internally. The only orange your allowed to eat on his diet is a sour orange. So all other oranges are poison? The only tomatoes allowed are plum and cherry tomatoes. All other tomatoes are not be consumed.
He also says no amount of heat can destroy the nutrients in food when it’s been proven countless times that when you cook food certain enzymes and other nutrients are destroyed in the cooking process. He says carrots are poison but the Gerson therapy which has cured many people of cancer uses carrot juice. Jay Kordich the “juice man” cured his cancer with carrot juice. There are so many other claims that are just not adding up.
Rather than get caught up on gurus selling tons of supplements or special diets I think we should all focus on eating a whole foods plant based organic diet. The possibilities are endless. More fruits and veggies. Lots of greens juices and smoothies. Huge salads. Lots of herbs and herbal teas. Less oil. Less salt. (Even sea salt!!!) Less breads. No stimulants. No alcohol. Lots of water. More whole foods. No animal products. No GMOs. No white sugar. Less processed food. Support farmers markets. Grow your own food if you can. This should keep you nice and healthy.