Spiritual healer Kailash Leonce remains upbeat after torpedoed lecture

POSTED: 08/28/11 10:16 PM

Inspection labeled herbal supplements pharmaceuticals

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – From his room at the Towers in Mullet Bay, the Honorable Priest Kailash Kay Leonce has a view of the American University of the Caribbean – a place where students pay close to $300,000 for a 48-month medical study. It is a rather ironic background for a man who dropped out of medical school after he balked at taking fourteen vaccines to enable him to follow an internship in the United States.
“That goes against my spirituality and against my intelligence,” Leonce said yesterday during an interview with this newspaper.
Kailash Leonce made front page news this week when the Inspectorate of the Ministry of Public health came down on him last Tuesday at the Cultural Center when he was about to start a lecture about natural healing. The Inspectorate confiscated 127 bottles “containing substances claiming to be beneficial to the treatment of specified diseases.” At least, that’s what the press release from the inspectorate stated.
But Leonce showed Today a confiscation-list signed by Inspector General Earl Best that states that the inspectors confiscated 12 cases, each containing 12 bottles: 144 in total. The official report the inspectorate made about the incident states, like the press release, that 127 bottles were confiscated. So, 17 bottles, worth an estimated $680 are missing – and Kailash Leonce doesn’t have them.
Even more remarkable is that the confiscation-list states what the bottles contain. According to the inspectors, they contain “illegally imported pharmaceuticals.” In reality, the health supplements Leonce’s company The Great Physician International produces contain exclusively natural ingredients.
Which brings us to the question why the health inspectorate raided Kailash Leonce’s lecture at the Cultural Center in the first place. “On Monday I was on the Lloyd Richardson show,” the 33-year old Leonce says. “I said at a given moment that chemotherapy does not cure cancer. Then a doctor called in to the program to contest that opinion, but when I wanted to have an intelligent discussion with him about it, he hung up.”
Leonce does not remember the doctor’s name, but it does not take a leap of faith to assume that the caller alerted the health inspectorate about the upcoming lecture.
When Leonce arrived at the Cultural Center around seven o’clock last Tuesday, the inspectors were waiting for him, and they had turned out in force. Franklyn Cuffy, head of the section economic control was there, together with Inspector General Earl Best, inspector of Medicine Ashanti van Heyningen, inspector of healthcare John Connor and inspector of food safety Herbert Libier.
The inspectors confiscated not only bottles containing herbal supplements that Leonce brought into the Cultural Center, they also confiscated boxes from the trunk of his car.
The soft-spoken Rastafarian says that this was not his first trip to St. Maarten. “I have been here at least seven times in the past year; four times at the Cultural Center and three times at the Wifol building. Last year a plain clothes police woman came to my lecture at the Wifol-building. She asked me what I was doing, advised me not to charge people at the door or to sell anything, and then let it go.”
Leonce says that he is a law-abiding citizen, and that his main goal is to educate people through his lectures about eating properly and healthy. “Food is medicine,” he says.
And Leonce knows what he is talking about. He studied two years at the Scienca Medica, a medical school in Cienfuego in Cuba, and received a scholarship for the American University of Antigua, where he graduated in a basic science study. Leonce also knows his medicine, even though he is not a graduate from medical school. He dropped out when he realized that he disagreed with certain aspects of traditional medicine.
Representing a company called The Great Physician International and sporting a name like the Honorable Priest Kailash Kay Leonce, people may be forgiven for being somewhat confused. Is there a religious component in this mix?
Leonce smiles: “There is religion and then there is spirituality. I am a spiritual man, and don’t forget, in the old days priests used to function as healers.”
Leonce grew up with his grandmother in his native St. Lucia, where he also has a vegan restaurant. “She used to send me into the bush; go and pick this herb, go and pick that herb. After I dropped out of medical school my intention was to validate the things I learned from my grandmother. I always marveled at the things she knew.”
From his time in medical school, Leonce learned that most pharmaceuticals are based on plants. Modern medicine is, in a way, the industrialized version of herbal remedies. “The active ingredient in aspirin comes from the bark of the black willow tree,” he says. “Morphine comes from the poppy plant, and botox is derived from the black widow spider.”
Leonce’s food-is-medicine-doctrine comes back in his vegan restaurant in St. Lucia. “As long as food is therapeutic and life enhancing it is good,” he says, dismissing the thought that French fries are therefore no good. “Fry them in coconut oil,” he suggests. “Eating healthy can be very pleasurable.”
Leonce leaves the island this weekend, but he will be back. “ intend to register my company The great Physician International in St. Maarten,” he says. “I am looking forward to working together with the health department.”
Leonce says that he did not intend to sell the products he brought with him, and that he stands behind the quality of his supplements. “On every bottle there is a label that lists all the ingredients. I have no secrets.”
One of his supplements is called black Gold. It is designed for pain management, and more often than not, Leonce says, he gives it away for free to people who are suffering, even though this is “my most expensive product.”
Leonce bears the health inspectorate no ill will, but he did take offence to a suggestion in its press release that refers to quackery. “I am not a quack,” he says calmly. “A quack is somebody who cheats people, or harms them and I do not do that.”
When we say goodbye in front of the Towers at Mullet Bay after a brief picture session, the honorable priest Kailash Kay Leonce uses an expression that shows what he is really made off. “Love brother.”

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  1. Roxanne says:

    they can’t keep a good man down
    always keep smiling when they want us to frown
    things get better when they thought it would be worst
    who Jah bless I say no man curse.
    Blessed love Honourable.

  2. blessed love …..what u are doing for the people is right ,never stop doing what is right and I no u no that because u is a bobo loving rasta man who lives under JAH SIGHT……. RESPECT DUE TO YOU….BLESSED LOVE….LOVE AN LIGHT