Honoring a revolutionary healer
By Steve Furay
Special to the Michigan Citizen
Elizabeth Marie Jones-Gidney El-Bey, M.D., was memorialized at the Shrine of the Black Madonna on April 5, celebrating the extraordinary life of a leading doctor of holistic health and medicine. She was born on Feb. 15, 1938, and joined the ancestors on Dec. 20, 2013.
The gathering of family, friends, patients and peers honored the loving, gentle spirit of Dr. Gidney, who in her life became a pioneer of natural healing. She grew up in Buffalo, N.Y., and earned her medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She served as a heart surgeon and performed her duties at hospitals in three states, as well as doctoring in New York’s Attica Prison.
Dr. Gidney served as the head of the medical department of the Washitaw Empire, and was a divine minister for the Moorish American National Government, serving as head of the Department of Herbs, Health and Healing. She authored the books “Diabetes Mellitus: Volumes One and Two” and “Cardiovascular Dis-ease,” in addition to pamphlets about herbs, oils and other natural medicines.
During a visit to Ghana, she was inspired to shift her focus from modern medicine to holistic, spiritual care for diseases using natural remedies. Her book “Diabetes Mellitus” describes how to care naturally for the common nutritional disease, including recipes using fresh ingredients and a balanced diet schedule to help keep patients cleansed and treated.
Her daughter, Mechelle Gidney, and granddaughter, Tameka Blessett, were in attendance to honor their beloved mother.