This is Robin Nielsen. This is our hormone breakthrough Wednesday and I’m so excited to be here with you today. I have a very special guest and I can’t wait to share her with you. These are interesting times, and I hope that you are finding ways to enjoy sheltering-in-place and doing some lovely self-care activities. I think this is a perfect topic for today, all about the mind body connection, because, for many of us, we actually have some time for self-care right now. So I want to welcome the beautiful Dr. Erin Moore.
Hi, thank you, so much for having me. So excited to be here.
I want to tell you a little bit about Dr. Erin Moore before we jump into some awesome information today. You know, I actually met Dr. Aaron when I agreed to go on… Well, actually I had to fill out a huge application to apply to go on this adventure to Nepal to help in a health clinic in a small village outside of Kathmandu. I’d never been on quite an adventure like that before, but I was ready. I was ready to step out of my comfort zone and do something much bigger than myself. So I filled out this huge long application and she accepted it. Then I met her over video just like this when she explained about the nonprofit organization. Then it wasn’t until I actually got all the way to Kathmandu in Nepal that I actually got to meet her in person, and it was an incredible adventure. It’s a story all by itself of how she started this incredible organization. It actually took place over a number of years, and she just fell in love with the people of Nepal and we’ll have her tell us a little bit more about that. It was an incredible adventure for me. I just have come to absolutely, love this beautiful woman, and the work she does is so profound. She’s amazing.
I would like to tell you a little bit about her in a more formal way. Dr. Erin Moore is a Naturopathic physician. She’s an expert in Mind Body Medicine, which we don’t hear very often, and a behavior change teacher and a self marriage coach. Is that a cool concept, or what? She’s motivated to serve by the many women who suffer, because they live in a way that is disconnected from their true selves. The problems that result from this disconnection range from low level anxiety, self sabotage to the physical pathology of chronic disease. Her life’s work is to help women prevent and reverse these symptoms by knowing more deeply and accepting more completely who they are. She’s certified in a technique called holistic counseling, which helps her clients to navigate their own internal world, shining a light on subconscious beliefs of the past that are tied to their current suffering. Her passion for empowering people to transform their own lives, extends all the way to Nepal. Dr. Erin, is the founder and director of ParticipAid, a nonprofit whose mission is to help grow healthy communities in rural Nepal through local engagement. It is the coolest thing that she set up. So welcome Dr. Erin.
Thank you so much.
So great to have you here today. So I want you to share a little bit about how you got started in serving communities in Nepal with actually helping them get access to health care when there is none.
Sure. Well, it was actually a bit of serendipity. I first met this community in 2009. I was with a friend and we are going trekking in a community in the North of Nepal, and our bus broke down. We had two options which were either to track back to Kathmandu, which would have taken several days, or to follow these strangers on the bus that just promised us that they knew someone that spoke English in their village. So we took the risk and walked with these, strangers soon to become friends, who took us to a house in this beautiful village, called Karmidanda, and introduced us to Amanda, who did speak English.
That was really the start of the relationship. My a friend and I, just fell in love with the people and the place and it really the development of this organization was me. Started out as me, just trying to figure out, I really want to come back here, so what do you guys need? Maybe I can provide that. I’d always kind of had it in my mind that I wanted to be a doctor, so this was before I went to medical school. They were like, yeah, we need a doctor. I was like, okay, well we’ll start there. Okay, I was going to do that anyway. So I’ll go to medical school and just slowly, slowly through the years. I worked with the local people to set up an organization, like an NGO on their own. Really it was a long story, but we just kind of learned the ropes of community development together. We would just look ourselves out into the community and see what needed to be done from our perspective, and then we would raise some money. I brought over some doctors and we did it.
But, over the years we learned that unless I was there with money and doctors from America, then things weren’t really happening. We hadn’t engaged the local community. It was more like a band aid from the outside instead of catalyzing sustainable change from within the community. So, in 2014, 2015, we really shifted the way that we were approaching development there, started training local people and bringing in experts, So now there is an organization there that kind of runs the show. In terms of the health care piece, they’ve always been kind of a local facilities, but always under stocked and under-served. So at this point we’re just coming at their request to meet specific needs because they don’t ever, ever see a doctor there. So women’s health care and chronic pain have been our focuses in the past, dental care, gastroenterology and things like that. Just this year, we are finally kicking off product that’s been brewing for a long time, which is a plant medicine project. There’s a lot of interest in naturopathic medicine over there. So now I’m really excited about this new project, because it really is, from the ground up, a local engagement. They do it themselves, we’ll be teaching them in training how to use local plants as medicine, but also in the basic principles of living a naturopathic lifestyle, I’m really excited.
It’s so amazing, just recently the Nepal government actually designated naturopathic medicine as one of their healing modalities. Is that correct?
Yeah, that’s right, and we are working with, Nepal, and it has its own kind of naturopath, but they’ve kind of been, I don’t know, under the radar or not working so much in collaboration with the government. So now the team, that Robin and I worked with, when we were over there, are collaborating with the government and with Nepal’s existing naturopathic doctors to really make this a movement, not just in that one village. So, that same village that I stumbled into