07 Jul About Me
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: An Inspirational Pioneer in Healthy Homes and Environmental Health
Nicole Bijlsma is a woman driven by an unwavering passion for environmental medicine. With a background as a former naturopath and acupuncturist, with 15 years of clinical experience, she made a remarkable career transition to become a renowned building biologist. This shift was prompted by her astute observation of a significant correlation between her patients’ illnesses and the health hazards present in their homes.
As the author of the highly acclaimed bestseller, “Healthy Home, Healthy Family,” Nicole has established herself as an authority on the subject. She has contributed her expertise as a columnist for Body+Soul (Herald Sun) and is frequently sought after by the media to provide insights on health hazards in the built environment. Her expert commentary has graced popular television shows such as The 7PM Project, Sunrise, The Today Show, The Circle, Channel 7 News, and Today Tonight. She has also shared her knowledge through appearances on Channel 74, ABC radio, Fox FM, webinars, and podcasts.
For over thirty years, Nicole has been an esteemed lecturer at tertiary institutions, imparting her wisdom in the fields of nutrition, Chinese Medicine, and environmental medicine. Her expertise has been recognized by peer-reviewed journals, where she has published her groundbreaking research. As a highly sought-after speaker, she has presented at conferences both in Australia and internationally, including the USA, Malaysia, Thailand, and New Zealand.
Nicole single-handedly, established the building biology industry in Australia. Her remarkable achievements include her tenure as the former President of the Australasian Society of Building Biologists. In 1999, she founded the Australian College of Environmental Studies, a pioneering institution dedicated to educating individuals about the health hazards present in the built environment. The college stands as the sole provider of nationally accredited training in Building Biology and Feng Shui in Australia.
Currently, Nicole is immersed in the pursuit of knowledge and innovation as she works towards completing her PhD at RMIT. Her research focuses on investigating health hazards in the built environment, further solidifying her position as a leading authority in her field. With her unwavering dedication and commitment to her work, Nicole continues to pave the way for a healthier and safer future, inspiring individuals and communities to prioritize the well-being of their living spaces.
Nicole is an esteemed author whose publications have made significant contributions to the field of environmental medicine and toxicant assessment in clinical practice. Two notable works by Nicole include:
- “Environmental Chemical Assessment in Clinical Practice”: In this comprehensive publication, Nicole delves into the complex world of environmental chemicals and their impact on human health. Drawing upon her extensive experience as a clinician and building biologist, she provides a thorough assessment framework that enables healthcare professionals to identify and address the health risks associated with environmental toxins. By bridging the gap between environmental science and clinical practice, Nicole equips readers with the knowledge and tools needed to navigate the challenges posed by chemical exposures in today’s world.
- “Expert Clinician’s Perspective on Environmental Medicine and Toxicant Assessment in Clinical Practice”: Recognized as an authority in her field, Nicole brings together a collective voice of expert clinicians in this collaborative work. Through their shared insights, experiences, and evidence-based approaches, the qualitative study offers a comprehensive perspective on environmental medicine and toxicant assessment. Covering a wide range of topics, from chemical exposures to detoxification strategies, the publication serves as a valuable resource for healthcare professionals seeking to enhance their understanding of environmental health and its implications for clinical practice.
Both publications highlight Nicole’s commitment to bridging the gap between environmental factors and human health, providing clinicians with practical guidance and evidence-based strategies to address the challenges posed by environmental toxins. With her expertise and dedication, Nicole continues to empower healthcare professionals and contribute to the advancement of environmental medicine.