Nicole Bijlsma is a Building Biologist which means that she finds the connection between built environments, like our homes, and health problems.
Her fascination with this area and subsequent expertise, came about when she experienced 10 traumatic miscarriages.
Specialists could not pinpoint the underlying problem and it wasn’t until Nicole heard of the work of Alan Beer, who specialised in reproductive immunology, that she began to get answers. At the same time, Nicole realised that everything had gone pear-shaped when they’d moved into their home.
What she discovered was they were exposed to electromagnetic fields from a meter panel in their bedroom, air pollutants from the nearby traffic and geopathic stress under the bed. They moved bedrooms, fell pregnant naturally with twins, successfully carried them and 6 months later they moved out into another home, fell pregnant and have her third child.
This is when her journey into environmental medicine began and led her to open a College in 1999 which is now nationally accredited in Australia.
In this episode, Nicole talks about the simple things we can do to keep our environments safe and why we should be asking questions and thinking more about how our environments contribute to our state of health and wellbeing.
Healthy Home Expert, Nicole Bijlsma is a building biologist, bestselling author, PhD candidate and CEO of the Australian College of Environmental Studies (RTO 21740) which she established in 1999 to educate people about the health hazards in the built environment. Nicole is an former naturopath and acupuncturist, has lectured at tertiary institutions for 30 years, has published in peer-reviewed journals, has written extensively for Body+Soul newspaper, is regularly consulted by the media to discuss mould, electromagnetic fields and toxic chemicals, and lectures in Australia and abroad about environmental health issues.