Environmental Chemicals in Clinical Practice
Nicole is an accomplished naturopath, acupuncturist, building biologist, author and product manufacturer, who’s attention was drawn to environmental health after she noticed a link between her patients’ illnesses and hazards in their home, as well as personally experiencing a link between her ten miscarriages and insomnia, and sleeping near a high AC magnetic field. After relocating to another bedroom, Nicole gave birth to twins and now has three beautiful children.
Nicole has also established the Building Biology industry in Australia, and runs nationally accredited training in Building Biology (healthy home design, allergen, mould and electromagnetic field testing) through her own Registered Training Organisation the Australian College of Environmental Studies (RTO 21740).
Nicole has also written extensively for Body+Soul newspaper, is regularly consulted by the media to discuss electromagnetic fields and toxic chemicals and with her husband Mark she manufactures the Abode cleaning product range, which was formulated from the ground-up for people with skin and chemical sensitivities.
Nicole’s PhD focuses on the assessment of environmental chemicals in clinical practice. She has already attempted to ‘unveil the elephant in the room’ by bringing attention to the need for doctors to conduct toxic load assessments. This is an important issue as toxicants (man-made chemicals) and their impact on human health is essentially ignored by most health practitioners despite the fact that most chronic diseases are linked to everyday toxicants like traffic-related air pollution, perfume, pesticides, plastics, and chemicals in everyday products and building materials.
The assessment of toxic exposures is the domain of environmental medicine, and to explore best practice in exposure assessment, Nicole interviewed expert clinicians with the aim of answering the question; How do experts in environmental medicine assess toxic load? This qualitative research also explores where expert clinicians obtain their knowledge, the challenges they face, the tests and laboratories they use, the diseases they treat, and the toxicants they are most concerned about.
Nicole’s follow-up research aims to answer the further question: How can individuals assess their toxic load? This involves creating a platform that enables citizens to document their environmental, occupational, lifestyle and place history (where they have lived throughout their life and what they have been exposed to) and assess their environmental chemical exposures. This research will also help to map exposures with disease clusters and may enable us to assess, monitor and mitigate the effects of the industrial toxicants in our air, our water, our soil and bodies.