07 Jul About Me
Healthy Home Expert – Nicole Bijlsma – began her journey into environmental health after noticing a strong connection between many of her patient’s ill health with mould and electromagnetic fields in their home, and after she personally experienced ten miscarriages after moving into her home.
I have spent the past two decades investigating the health hazards in the home, much of which I share with you on this website. This takes time, alot of time in fact and for much of my journey it has been a labour of love that ultimately resulted in the first edition of my book – Healthy Home Healthy Family. Like you, I was frustrated that nobody could help us understand why we couldn’t start a family, and we spent thousands of dollars seeking advice from health practitioners all over the country to no avail. However as I began to unravel the timing of events, it became immediately obvious that our health declined when we moved into our home – poor sleep and fatigue initially, followed by lots of miscarriages. At the same time, several of my patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in the 1990s were asking about mould in their home. Could their be a connection? As I waded through the research on chemicals in household products, electromagnetic fields and allergens like mould, it began to dawn on me that our homes could be making most of us sick.
Nicole Bijlsma is a woman of passion, and her passion lies in environmental medicine. Nicole was a former naturopath and acupuncturist with 15 years of clinical experience who changed her career pathway to become a building biologist after noticing a strong correlation with many of her patients illnesses and health hazards in their home. Nicole is the author of the best seller Healthy Home, Healthy Family, was a columnist for Body+Soul (Herald Sun) and is frequently consulted by the media to comment on health hazards in the built environment (The 7PM Project, Sunrise, The Today Show, The Circle, Channel 7 News, Today Tonight, Channel 74, ABC radio, Fox FM, numerous webinars and podcasts).
Nicole has thirty years experience lecturing at tertiary institutions in nutrition, Chinese Medicine and environmental medicine, and has published in peer-reviewed journals. Her extensive knowledge in environmental medicine has seen her speak at various conferences both in Australia and abroad (USA, Thailand and New Zealand). Nicole single handedly established the building biology industry in Australia, was the former President of the Australasian Society of Building Biologists and established the Australian College of Environmental Studies in 1999 to educate people about the health hazards in the built environment. The college is the only institution in Australia to provide nationally accredited training in Building Biology and Feng Shui. Nicole is currently completing her PhD investigating health hazards in the built environment under the supervision of Professor Marc Cohen at RMIT. For information about her research, click HERE.