Updated: Aug 3, 2019
Recently CBS put together a documentary that revolved around the possibility of a potential cure for Sickle Cell Anemia.
"An NIH clinical trial is ushering in a genetic revolution as an innovative type of gene therapy is used to attempt to cure sickle cell anemia. Dr. Jon LaPook reports"
As a member of the Sickle Cell community and a father of a sickle cell warrior I approached the narrative of a medical approach to curing a genetic upgrade with healthy skepticism based on the history of western man's involvement with indigenous people.
As I watched the documentary it presented a young lady going through a process similar to Chemo therapy as it relates to the bringing down of the immune system and the losing of her hair. The young women seemed very inspired by the process and at the same time very apprehensive about the outcome. She excepted the fact that by her going through Gene Therapy that she would be giving up her ability to reproduce herself by wiping clean her reproductive system assuring that the opportunity to perpetuate her genetic material is no longer available.
When I consider this approach and the ramifications of its wide spread acceptance as a "cure", how its being marketed to the public and the funding available to mediate the process. I think this attempt possibly promotes the mismanagement and doing away with the teachings of Dr. Sebi, who has been noted as providing all natural wholistic cures for Sickle Cell Anemia patients viewing this particular DNA sequence through the lens of a nutritional deficiency.
What we don't want to be lost in translation is the fact that on our deepest level of the sickle community is a genetic mutation, that served the body in a superior way. Our north american experience as indigenous people has been increasingly stressful post contact with the western man, seemingly to be the same group responsible for "curing" us of our genetic material. Makes me think of a episode of X- Man in which Magneto (Malcolm X) and Professor X (Martin Luther King Jr.) sit in conference about their approach to giving up their powers and leading their mutant kind to become a docile and compliant citizenry.
Recently Nipsey Hussle pressed forward with a documentary on Dr. Sebi stating that his ability to naturally cure AIDS patients and other Immune debilitating disorders similar to Sickle Cell Anemia in a natural non invasive way with food and herbs. I think CBS forcefully overlooks the contributions of wholistic practices because it has the potential to shift the paradigm on health and wealth. The beneficiaries of this billion, maybe even a trillion dollar industry will do what ever is necessary to maintain their control on the public perception of wellness. The lives of Nipsey Hussle and Dr. Sebi and what they stood for is still a prevailing philosophy in the way we approach governing our lives and disseminating knowledge and applying information.
Sickle Cell originated as a genetic upgrade to defend the body from malaria, Malaria being a disease that took the lives of more soldiers in world war one than actual gun battle. if we look at Sickle Cell through this lens it gives us insight into the approach we can make to heal ourselves with a non invasive non reproductive system eradicating process. Hippocrates coined the phrase " Let the food be the medicine", oh how far we have veered away from the western medicines founders philosophy.