Erin Stair, MD, MPH (often known as Dr. Eeks) writes most of the Blooming Wellness blogs, created ZENBands and hosts the Causes or Cures Podcast on Apple & Spotify. She also works as a medical writer and healthcare data analyst.
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Erin is a wellness proponent, humorist, author, sarcastic lady, pensive human and creator of ZENBands and ZENTones. She’s the author of Manic Kingdom, A True Story of Breakdown and Breakthrough and is working on a second novel. Unless otherwise told or if in the “freelance” section, she writes all the Blooming Wellness blogs and conducts all the interviews herself. She just launched a new podcast, Causes Or Cures, and hopes you listen and subscribe. It deals with timely health and wellness topics and provides evidence-based natural health tips. She’s already had some fabulous, super-credentialed guests. ( No, seriously, subscribe. )
Erin is a curious soul who is passionate about promoting natural health & wellness, with an inner fire for empowering individuals to take charge of their health, make positive lifestyle changes and live happier lives. She has researched and studied natural cures, supplements, herbs and “fringe” treatments for years, and she shares that information with you through her blog, podcast and one-on-one Skype interviews. Erin has a fondness for blogging about her health and wellness adventures while having a natural love for irreverent, blue-collar comedy. Since she thinks laughing is a huge part of healing, she’ll often post funny stories and tidbits about her life, or anyone’s life she feels like writing about. Speaking of writing, read Manic Kingdom. It will make you rethink mental illness, craziness and sanity. If it doesn’t do that, it will definitely make you turn the page. Promise.
A sort-of random guy in a cafe on Manic Kingdom:
“Manic Kingdom uses colorful characters and a gripping story to hopefully encourage you to embrace uncertainty when it comes to causes and cures in the realm of mental well-being, though that makes a lot of folks uncomfortable. Either way, it’s a page-turner.“
Her life in a snapshot:
Erin lives in NYC. She grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania called Trucksville, where there are (almost) more cows than people. Despite never learning how to spell, she was her high school valedictorian and is remembered for flubbing her valedictory speech with several Freudian slips. She played soccer her entire life and was recruited to play soccer at West Point, the U.S. Military Academy, was nominated by both Senator Santorum and Congressman Kanjorski and somehow went and survived. She graduated with a dual degree in chemistry/life science and environmental engineering and did cool research on plants that ate the remains of lead bullets from the Revolutionary War. The project was amazing until the plants died. As a junior and senior ( called “Cow” and “Firstie” at West Point) she taught close quarter combat and bayonet to cadets. Bayonet skills are highly relevant today. She credits a good sense of humor, great friends and a lot of insanity for getting her through.
After learning how to kill people, she felt a karmic imbalance. To correct that, she eventually enrolled in medical school to learn how to save people. After earning her MD & realizing she hated being in a hospital & that people needed to do MUCH more for themselves before they ended up with chronic health issues in the hospital, she received the Global Health Leadership Scholarship from NYU and went on to earn a Masters of Public Health from New York University’s School of Public Health. While in school, she founded Blooming Wellness to help promote evidence-based lifestyle modifications and natural solutions that help prevent disease and promote health, happiness and well-being. During that time, she also created the ZENBand, which is now used all over the world as a stress-reduction tool.
Erin often interviews doctors and researchers related to health and wellness and features them on the blog. Her blog is a wide array of health topics, is not medical advice, and is information ONLY. Erin does not see patients. She has an MD and an MPH, but does not practice medicine. Her interest lies in holistic health, natural cures and creating population-level, cost-effective interventions that promote a healthier lifestyle and mental well-being, while analyzing the data to see if they work. That said, she does work with people on a very limited basis, who have specific questions about supplements, herbs or alternative approaches to common ailments. If you have questions about the evidence, use or best practice for a supplement, herb or alternative treatment, you can schedule a 30 or 60 minute Skype session with Erin. ( Write her to do this.)
Her two older sisters are doctors: one is a doctor of PT and founder and owner of the first salt therapy location in Delaware and one is a pediatrician and internist in Pa who heads the internal medicine residency program for her hospital. Her dad is a veterinarian and owner of the Trucksville Dog and Cat Hospital. He’s won Best Veterinarian in the Area for the last 9 years, because, well, he is! He also sees “exotics,” but Erin learned the hard way when she told someone her “dad does exotics” without prefacing that he’s a veterinarian. Mom’s a general who made everyone else become a doctor. ( She also helps run the animal hospital.)
She has her NIA white belt & loves Laughter Yoga ( 89% of people have no idea what those things are, but they should because they are life-changing.) She’s practiced Krav Maga for 15 years, runs, plays soccer, swims, does yoga, bikes, and is a huge fan of interval training. She’s played the violin since she was 6, starting out in the Church choir. She’s left-handed, pigeon-toed and sometimes thinks backwards. Her biggest charities usually involve animals, especially elephants and gorillas. She abhors factory farms.
Barnaby FluffPuff is Erin’s handsome Golden Doodle who has become the official mascot for Blooming Wellness. He’s the logo, because if you observe him, or any dog, they can teach us a lot about managing stress, being playful and being immersed in the moment- things that contemporary humans are doing less of, but need to do to live happier and healthier lives. He’s the gold standard for a true ZENBandit. We like to call Barnaby NYC’s sidewalk therapy dog, because he is ridiculously friendly, knows no boundaries, and runs around making people happy. No one can make a person smile or feel less anxious than Barnaby, and he treats everyone the same. Imagine if humans did that? 😉
He, like Erin, is incredibly fond of hats. He carries a hat with our logo, which has earned him the title of Chief Marketing Officer. He is often seen with Erin romping around NYC and charming everyone lucky enough to be on his path. He scores free treats wherever he goes and his life motto is “Stay Fluffy.” He also dances, but whenever she try to capture it on video, he suddenly stops, or Erin doesn’t get her phone out in time. Timing is everything, ain’t it?
To write or work with Erin: firstname.lastname@example.org