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From High Horses to Humble Pies

by | Aug 23, 2022 | Holistic Living, Print Articles, Spring 2022, Thought Leaders | 0 comments

“… there are times when allopathic medicine is essential to treatment of certain conditions and the universe would not have made it accessible if it was of no benefit to humankind.” Debra Robins

Why ‘high horses’ and why ‘humble pies?  The high hose anecdotes relate to my insatiable curiosity in the first instance and, in the second, to more than 40 years of avoiding allopathic medication with its possible side effects requiring further medication. To date I had relied on  natural intervention, physiotherapy and alternative healing methods, in cooperation with a stress free immune system.

In this report, high horse relates to two separate perceptions, as does humble pie. In the first analogy it relates to my aspirations to explore ideas needing an enormous amount of research, as was the case when investigating my hypothesis that the aura – biomagnetic energy field – is the blueprint of the physical body, explored in the winter 2022 issue.

Egged on by my insatiable curiosity, I had spent an enormous amount of time searching the internet for information on Kirlian photography, dating back to the mid-seventies. I clearly recall seeing the photographic image of the energy body of a leaf after it had been cut in half. With this in mind, my hypothesis was (and still is) that the electromagnetic images are the ‘blueprints’ for the physical manifestations.  I believe that the negative image on the Turin Shroud is evidence that, as in the case of near death experiences, the actual spirit remains intact, but in the energy field of spirit only, until resuscitated through medical intervention or as, in the case of Jesus, through his own energy field. This would explain the negative photographic image on the shroud as he re-entered the physical body, leaving the shroud in the tomb.

In the second perceptual analogy of high horse, I had successfully avoided the use of allopathic medicine, relying solely on my immune system, natural remedies, being positive, using supplements and avoiding certain foods.  When diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2017, I chose to have a lumpectomy and refused the standard medical option of accepting NHS-sponsored chemotherapy with radiotherapy. Instead, I chose to ‘experiment’ with cannabis and have been taking CBD oil for almost five years. There have been no side effects or recurrence of cancer. However, a benign tumour has developed on the scar tissue. 

So why the humble pies?

Several hours of sustained and engrossing research, sometimes for non-stop four to five hours, caused problems with my back. Unwilling to resort to painkillers, I enlisted the services of a physiotherapist. The treatment related to muscle manipulation, exercise and the natural healing processes of a healthy, stress free, immune system.

As if having back pain wasn’t enough, I then went down with what I thought was flu, or possibly Covid, seeing that I had chosen not to be vaccinated. The Covid test showed that I did not have Covid.

The last time I had had flu was in 2012.  I was on a short holiday visiting family in Switzerland and with their care I recovered naturally with rest and natural remedies.

In the first analogy, the humble pie was much appreciated. During my relentless research I came across two highly relevant academic papers and realised that ‘my’ hypothesis about the blueprint of our physical body, was already being researched by highly qualified academics. This enabled me to report on these with a couple of quotations and references and happily ‘rest my case’. The humble pie was most welcome.

In the second analogy, my resistance to taking medication for what I believed was flu, was far more difficult to overcome. The fact that I was coughing up yellow mucus, did not bother me at first, but as my condition became worse, I was urged to consult my doctor, but the doctor I had had in the mid 1980s before leaving for the UK, was no longer in Cape Town. The professional nurse who runs the clinic where I live, advised me to consult a particular general practitioner in Sea Point.

I was diagnosed with bronchitis and prescribed a five-day course of allopathic medicines! I trusted her, and was prepared to do as she said, although, thrown into a quandary. I bought the medication, but after reading the warnings in the boxes, I decided that I would return it unopened. On hearing this, the nurse warned me that if I did not take the prescribed medication, I could soon find myself in hospital with pneumonia.

As my only reliable option was to consult someone who would understand my dilemma, I decided to contact Odyssey’s editor. Debra Robins. I have known Debra since 2002. I knew that she had had experience in both fields and had also been the founder of Energencia Academy in Durban. I told her of my dilemma and she strongly advised me to take the medication. Aware of my personal philosophy, she explained that the universe would not have made it accessible if it was of no benefit to humankind.

Her advice convinced me to follow the doctor’s orders and I took the medication – it worked!

In conclusion, for the benefit of readers, caught in the high saddle, Debra’s explanation, as follows below, has made the ‘humble pie’ easier to swallow.

“Modern allopathic medicine has its roots in ancient medicine, plants and herbal remedies. Today, around 11 per cent of the drugs considered ‘basic’ and ‘essential’ by the World Health Organisation originated in flowering plants – and there are many more from those without flowers.

While the first choice should always be a natural protocol there are times when allopathic medicine is essential to treatment of certain conditions and the universe would not have made it accessible if it was of no benefit to humankind.

Having said that: Aid can be sought from a broad range of naturopathic or allopathic sources, but the responsibility for healing and health lies with the person who wants to be well. Using herbs (natural medicine) is an ideal way to co-operate with our own innate healing power.”

Bon Voyage,


Jill Iggulden-Stevens

Jill Iggulden-Stevens

Odyssey‘s Founding Editor

“Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it serves me well – nothing ventured, nothing gained. Nevertheless, following one’s dreams certainly has its ups and downs, be it during ‘nine’ lives or several. On the Up Side, experience is a wise teacher and, when tuning in to our lessons, we can share with each other, bringing comfort and joy – while still around.”