You could consider him a medicine man, of sorts. Having educated himself on many aspects of alternative medicine, Billy Carter found his friends and co-workers turning to him for advice and counsel. He would brew apple cider with honey and lemons -- all that "grandma sort of stuff" -- to help them return to a balanced, healthy state. Ultimately, they encouraged him to quit his career in photography at a high-profile advertising firm in California so that he could invest his talents in the development of Health and Happiness, a company recently established in Colorado Springs that specializes in stress management.
Why is it so important to identify stress? Stress comes in all the different forms. It can come in physical stress. It can come in emotional stress and mental stress. ... You think you're dealing with the stress, but your body is collecting [the stress] and it's piling up, like [papers] on your desk. One year goes by, two years go by, three years go by, and you start to get used to these stresses. You start to think nothing's wrong. Then all of a sudden your body starts producing pain, or swelling, or headaches. ... Everyone thinks they're OK, because they adapt.
What are the key indicators of stress? Getting colds regularly. Not being able to digest your food properly. Malaise or feeling lethargic. Cutting yourself and not healing quickly. We use a machine called the BodyScan 2010 which is able to listen to your body and say, "Oh, wow, that's what you're really dealing with." Because -- you know how it is -- you present an image of who you are. Even though you're having a terrible day, you present an image of a perfectly competent person. We do that all the time.
What do you think should be the first line of defense against stress? I think the biggest thing is being able to identify where there's a balance. It's almost like you get to eighty and you're on your death bed and people ask, "What is it all about?" And you go, "Don't take everything so seriously. Take your time. The road is long. And enjoy yourself." Usually, if you don't put aside the time to look after yourself, your body will force you -- when you're sick -- to put aside that time.
What is it about the Body Scan that makes it useful in identifying stress? The BodyScan is a biofeedback machine, which means it collects [the body's] electrical information. We're all frequency-based. There's electricity in us. This information travels all through the body -- just like if you were to take a sharp instrument here [to your foot], your mind picks it up. That's an electrical impulse that's traveled. So the BodyScan works with meridians in the hand, which are all energy points that represent, just like in reflexology, different parts of the body. ... We put a harness around the wrist and it collects the information from all over the body. Say you want to know what bacteria or viruses or chemical are stressing this person -- even emotions -- you can do that. It's an incredible piece of software. And it's just because of computers that we're now able to do this.
It seems to be a coalescence of the homeopathic world and technological world. Correct. Your body has the information it needs to cure itself, but everything's a bit scrambled. With this machine, we gather all this information, and then we produce a homeopathic remedy -- energetic support to bring the body back into balance. ... I'm convinced that one day everyone will have one of these machines in their home so that they can take responsibility for their own health.
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