Herbalists tackle chronic non-communicable diseases

Ras Bobby Olivacce. Photo credit The Sun Newspaper

USVI-based herbalist, Dominican Ras Bobby Olivacce says he is lending his support to the growing effort of health workers trying to reduce the presence and effect of chronic non-communicable diseases.

Described as a pioneer in creating awareness to the natural healing alternatives, Ras Bobby has for over 30 years emphasized the wealth embodied in the herbs and water with which the Nature Isle is endowed.

Ras Bobby, along with Dominican-born Antigua-based herbalist  Neru Shango (Harris), plan to interface on identifying and using herbs, the value of positive thinking as well as breathing and other forms of exercise.

The two say they’ll be holding sessions “to decentralise and hold reasoning sessions with people in Dublanc, Portsmouth and the Fort Young Hotel to start with, and other communities later on during this particular tour”.

Ras Bobby admits to being passionate and enthusiastic about bringing health and healing alternatives to the country that nurtured him and inspired the work that he has been involved in for over three decades.

The Dublanc community will be given a chance on Sunday to hear about herbal alternatives.

The two herbalists expect to be at the Fort Young Hotel in the capital on Tuesday and Wednesday (July 3-4), and at the Portsmouth Credit Union Hall the following day (Thursday July 5).

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  1. Anonymous
    September 9, 2014

    Hi im Looking for herbs for my diease multiple sclerosisi dont know what to doive been sick for 11 years can you help me.

  2. hilliriah jacobs
    August 10, 2013

    what is the purple seeds on the ceylon spinach good for

  3. namich2008
    July 2, 2012

    Can anyone provide contact information for these gentlemen…phone#….or e-mail.

    • Tee
      July 5, 2012

      To contact Bobby: His email is rasbobby2000@yahoo.com.

      His numbers are 767-613-1555 or 767-440-6969 (locally) and 340-775-0851 (St.Thomas).

      Let’s seek his guidance to heal our nation.

    • Anonymous
      July 28, 2013

      Tel: 13407750851 Ras Bobby

  4. Dublanc Native
    July 2, 2012

    Ras Bobby and Dr. Shango were great last night in Dublanc, I reallt learnt alot and is willing to follow the herb way. Wish they could have these sessions at schools too.

    Jah bless

  5. July 1, 2012

    Ital is Vital.
    If one lack the way to achieving, teaching is needed. This initiative should be accepted as a gift.

    Guidance Rasta, on that journey.

  6. out of south city
    July 1, 2012

    Ras Bobby,
    You look good. I remember in the 70’s when you were going to High school. You had the biggest afro that I can remember.
    I, too, believe in the power of herbs and their healing effects. we must not forget that we cmae from the soil and need the herbs for our health and nutrition. We are bombarded with synthetic drugs which just temporary alleviate our pain and suffering.
    We must reclaim what our forefathers taught us and pass that on to the youger generation. As one person said, we are blessed with herbs in DA and we must continue to use what is natural.
    Continue to do the great work that the Creator has called you to do Ras Bobby and continue to walk in the footsteps of your ancestors.

  7. out of south city
    June 30, 2012

    Ras Bobby,
    You look good. I remember the 70’s when you were in High School wearing your big afro. I, too, believe in the power of herbs and their healing effects. We are of the soil and we truly need to depend on the herbs for our healing. The herbs also have the nutrients that are essential for our health. The Creator has provided them for our use instead of all the synthetic drugs that are now available for our consumption and sometimes we do not get any relief from them.

    Keep up the good work that the Creator has called you do do. Truly our level of consciouness must be regained as a people and get back to what we depended on over the decades, as our ancestors handed them down to us.


  8. jcan
    June 30, 2012

    I would really like to get in touch with Ras Booby,can an email and number contact be provided to contact him.

    • Tee
      July 5, 2012

      Bobby’s email is rasbobby2000@yahoo.com.

      His numbers are 767-613-1555 or 767-440-6969 (locally) and 340-775-0851 (St.Thomas).

      Let’s seek his guidance to heal our nation.

  9. mahalia
    June 30, 2012

    antiguans have embraced ras bobby and his message on natural living. i hope dominicans will do the same as a lot more fresh food and herbs are obtained there :)

  10. Selah
    June 30, 2012

    Ras Bobby big up becuz u heal InI

  11. Karma Chameleon
    June 30, 2012

    In a world where so much emphasis is placed on LOOKING good, Ras Bobby’s message, as good as I am sure it is, will be a hard sell indeed.

    • Tee
      July 5, 2012

      Karma, Ras Bobby is comfortable in his own skin and with his appearance, refusing to succumb to the ‘image dictates’ of society. As you may see from comments of those who have heard him, his message is an easy sell.

      Who cares about the looks of the messenger, embrace the message.

    • Rasbobby
      October 18, 2012

      Some of u enemies wish it was so. some of u think u can remain anonymous and try to undermine. Just to let u know I just came out of antigua and the venue was filled to capacity and that was a good sell. What make u think that all of a sudden i shall noot be a good sell. This must be what u wish. And who would gain by me not having a good sell?

      • Anonymous
        May 11, 2014

        You are awesome rasbobby.

  12. June 30, 2012

    What is the moringa tree and where can I acquire some of it?

    • willy
      July 1, 2012

      I am not in dominica right now, but you could research it on the internet. and look for a photo of it.

    • anonymous2
      July 1, 2012

      You probably mean Morinda…..and it is the NONI tree.

    • hilliriah jacobs
      August 10, 2013

      got alot of it in antigua visit the market on friday’s n saturday’s

  13. LapTe
    June 29, 2012

    Ras Bobby..great job…I am a medical doctor but truly believe in the power of herbs…..keep up the good work….I grew up in Lapte knew Bobby back in the day..great soccer player…..good old days…respect to man like Ras Caeser….r.i.p, original herbalist…

  14. tect nee cal lity
    June 29, 2012

    Ras Bobby is positive about helping dominican in the use of herbs,even if he live in the VI he still have compassion for his people,and more about healing his people than the money.

  15. Concerned Citizen
    June 29, 2012

    Many people are slowly dying, they don’t even realize it. Its a sad state we seek instant gratification and even if we know the consequences we still do them. In the end many people are just sick and dying faster than they think. People are generally not happy, they just pretend, live in fantasy. Hope the brothers are able to influence and make a difference…

    • Justice and Truth
      June 30, 2012

      @ Concerned Citizen

      Holy Scriptures teaches us, do not be deceived and do not be carried along by every wind.
      This is where true happiness lies. Happiness lies only in God, recognizing Him, The One and Only True God (not human beings who made themselves deity who some revere), worshipping Him, obeying His Commandments, what Our Lord Jesus Christ taught us, obeying the ‘religious teachings’ of specifically The One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church and for those who are members of the laity, performing acts of love and mercy in what we do and say the latter, no exception on this Website, not pursuing their own agendas and to amass wealth, not taking ganga, marijuana and the likes for a high which damage the health of people.
      It is stated in the Imitation of Christ book, “Some people want to live a long life but do not live a holy life.” This should tell us much.

  16. Country
    June 29, 2012

    Dominica is so blessed with natural Herbs! Nice vibes.

    • Justice and Truth
      July 2, 2012

      @ country

      You can grow your own, free of preservatives.

  17. Rastafari
    June 29, 2012

    Great vibes ras Bobby, bring it home where it’s much needed. May Jah guide you on your journey.

  18. Time
    June 29, 2012

    Hi DNO, can you find out the time on both days at Fort Young Hotel? Thanks.

  19. truth be told
    June 29, 2012

    Positive VIBES

  20. willy
    June 29, 2012

    Please ask ras bobby if he knows anything about the tree of life. It’s name is the moringa tree. It was given the name “the tree of life” because of the many benefits.
    it contains
    7 times the vitamin C of oranges
    4 times the vitamins A of carrots
    4 times the calcium of milk
    3 times the potassium of bananas
    and 2 times the protein of yogurt.
    Moringa oleifera can cure the ill, Moringa can purify water, Moringa can feed the hungry and Moringa is a very efficient weapon against malnutrition.

    I have tried it and I know it is good.
    it is also good for diabetics and hypertensive patients.

    • tactical
      June 29, 2012

      What does the tree of life look like and where can it be found?

      • Justice and Truth
        June 30, 2012

        @ tactical

        I have a replica of the tree of life which I bought some years ago. It is a beautiful, scenic tree but what else can it do for us?

        What I have observed is that some people in general, not only Dominicans, have not yet learned how to live healthily, in happiness, peace and tranquility. There are those who go about teaching how to live a long and healthy life but they have not yet learned the art of living in this manner and according others their freedom of right, due respect and dignity.

        Dominica has it all. The tree of life is God, what He has taught us to do for our health, welfare, happiness and peace of mind. Living a godly life, worshipping God, performing acts of love and mercy, in words and deeds wherever we are.

        Today, they call it herbs because they learned it from others. I have read a lot about herbs and certain types of tea on those Websites. I, too, could go about teaching, promoting and selling same.

        Parsley, chives, etc. are herbs. They can be grown in your very own yards, for those who have yards or a small piece of land. They do not have to be artificial. Consider that artificial herbs also have preservatives. Grow your own! They are less expensive. Make use of the natural resources and land that God has given you.

        Observe, breakfast, lunch and dinner and also snacks, healthy ones. Take time to Eat/drink orange/grapefruit, their juices; milk; fibres as oats, cream of wheat and, fruits, all vegetables, water – drinking ample daily. Cook healthy meals with less sugar and salt.

        Observing and practicing the Golden Rule as Our Lord Jesus Christ taught us. Treating others as we expect them to treat us. Avoiding quarrels and useless ones, anxiety and stress and/or curbing them.

        One more thing, drivers, observe road regulations.
        and drive cautiously, looking out for other drivers and pedestrians for obvious reasons.

        If we practice the above, we may very well live a happy, fruitful, healthy and long life.

        Finally, most people today have computers and Internet. Access the health Websites and do your research. Think for yourself. What you have learned, pass on to others who also may not have this privilege, as each one reaches one. I do this all the time.

        Keep in mind what St. Paul said, although on spiritual matters: “Share all good things with one another.” I am adding, not necessarily for monetary gain, for status and recognition but to genuinely help them. God will bless you for that.

        This advice is free of charge! :) God bless!

      • willy
        July 1, 2012

        Search the internet for a pic of it. do not know the common name for it.

    • -
      June 29, 2012

      also for asthmatics (good vibes willy)

    • Anonymous
      June 29, 2012

      do we grow it in dominica

    • stupes
      June 29, 2012

      Do you know anything about the Moringa tree? Lol :lol: @ the NewB… u must have visited the imposter herbalist restaurant and learn a ting. Go on and teach dem Ras Bobby…

    • Justice and Truth
      June 30, 2012

      @ willy

      Moringa Tree? Only one tree? Never heard of it. Can you elaborate further? I may be mistaken but then again, thinking further I comprehend what you mean. We live and we learn new words and sayings daily.

  21. Anonymous
    June 29, 2012

    maybe we will embrace our own more than the other…..

    • Citizen
      June 29, 2012

      whatever u mean by dat, the other made here home, united we stand divided we fall dont go down dat road

      • The Inquirer
        June 29, 2012

        The other who is non-Dominican still resides in his native St.Lucia. Bobby been at this for daces, it is time the we embrace what is truly Dominican.

      • laugh out loud
        June 30, 2012

        Made here home? Who fool you? But dumbnicans does just say anything they hear oui as though it were true… way way way way

    • tactical
      June 29, 2012

      Mr Anonymous please!! There are many commercial medical doctors ( they now have Chinese and Cubans) and you never made such a comment; well bro get accustom there exist more than one herbal doctor so do not try to divide us on that issue- shame;

      In the meanwhile let me say great job Ras Booby and Prince Kehlsha and others – just like there is a Halsbro centre that houses a number of MD’s so to we want an office to house our natural healers/herbalist. Bobby and the Prince and the others should coninue to work together to bring good health and living habits to our people.

    • nuh like fake
      June 29, 2012

      That would be the smart and natural thing to do….You so cannot go in their place and get no start…

  22. Trueman
    June 29, 2012

    That’s a really great idea.

    -Best wishes!

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