Environmental Health Masterclass


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Environmental toxins are in every patient’s house and are often a critical component of their illness. We need to understand our increasingly toxic environment and know how to reduce our patients exposure to the many poisons they face.

The environmental toxins that your patients are exposed to can cause or contribute to practically every acute and chronic condition you see. This Masterclass examines the most prevalent toxins in your patients lives; their home and their food.

Almost every patient has environmental toxicity to some degree and benefits significantly from specific environmental alterations and using proven clinical treatment strategies. Knowing how to do an environmental assessment of a patient and knowing what will have a significant impact on their health is a prerequisite for good patient care.

This program will change the way you think about your patient’s health and give you clear direction on strategies to identify causation and address toxic load.


– Moulds and Electromagnetic Radiation with Nicole Bijlsma
– Pesticides with Prof Marc Cohen
– Heavy Metals with Dr Michelle Woolhouse
– Multiple Chemical Sensitivity with Dr Mark Donohoe
– We also have a special session on children with Dr Sarah Lantz

It is critical to be able to identify when a toxin in a patients environment could be causing their condition. The list of conditions associated with environmental toxins is huge. Some of the major ones are; infertility, sensitivities and allergies, many mental health disorders, child development problems, most skin complaints, fatigue syndromes, autoimmunity, thyroid dysfunction, recurrent infection, respiratory diseases, learning difficulties, pain syndromes, cancers and many more.


LESSON ONE – Wireless Technology – A Sea of Radiation

Presenter – Nicole Bijlsma

  1. Acute and chronic adverse health effects associated with electromagnetic fields.
  2. Electrical hypersensitivity – how to recognise it.
  3. The fields that affect the built environment and their sources.
  4. Who is most vulnerable?
  5. Biomarkers to test for.
  6. Questions practitioners should ask.
  7. Simple ways patients can reduce exposure.

LESSON TWO – Drinking Water and Allergies

Presenter – Nicole Bijlsma

  1. Sources of drinking water and contaminants.
  2. Is a water filter justified?
  3. Types of water filters.
  4. The allergy epidemic and the hygiene hypothesis.
  5. Sources of allergens in the home.
  6. Reducing exposure to allergens.

LESSON THREE – Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals – BPA and Beyond

Presenter – Nicole Bijlsma

  1. Sources.
  2. Adverse health effects.
  3. Why children are uniquely vulnerable.
  4. How EDCs are regulated.
  5. Ways patients can reduce exposure.

LESSON FOUR – Heavy Metals in the Home – Lead and Mercury

Presenters – Dr Michelle Woolhouse and Nicole Bijlsma

  1. Sources in the built environment.
  2. Adverse health effects and symptoms.
  3. Biomarkers to check.
  4. Tips for patients –when renovating, water filters, vacuum cleaners, wet dusting, cleaning up broken CFLs.

LESSON FIVE – Children’s Environmental Health

Presenter – Dr Sarah Lantz

  1. Why children are uniquely vulnerable.
  2. The epidemic in childhood disorders.
  3. Inadequacies of the exposure standards.
  4. The hazards in the home environment.
  5. Setting up the healthy home.

LESSON SIX – Mould – a Chronic Inflammatory Response Disorder

Presenter – Nicole Bijlsma

  1. How fungi cause disease and what symptoms to look for.
  2. Pathology and who is susceptible?
  3. Causes and signs of mould in the home.
  4. Why conventional pathology tests come up negative.
  5. House testing.
  6. How to treat the patient and remediate the home.
  7. Case studies.

LESSON SEVEN – Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

Presenter – Dr Mark Donohoe

  1. Sources in the built environment
  2. Adverse health effects and symptoms
  3. Biomarkers to check
  4. Tips for patients –when renovating, water filters, vacuum cleaners, wet dusting, cleaning up broken CFLs

LESSON EIGHT – Pesticides

Presenter – Prof Marc Cohen

  1. What is known and not known about chemical toxicity.
  2. How the type, dose, combination and timing of chemical exposure along individual factors contribute to toxicity.
  3. Reducing toxic chemical exposures through conscious consumption.
  4. Reducing toxic chemical exposures through practical lifestyle strategies.
  5. Detoxification and enhancing excretion of industrial chemicals.


dr-mark-cohenProfessor Marc Cohen MBBS (Hons), PhD (TCM), BMed Sci (Hons)

Professor Marc Cohen is one of Australia’s pioneers of integrative and holistic medicine and has made significant impacts on education, research, clinical practice and policy. He is a registered medical practitioner with degrees in western medicine, physiology and psychological medicine along with PhDs in Chinese medicine and biomedical engineering. In 2002 he became Australia s first Professor of Complementary Medicine and Head of the Department of Complementary Medicine at RMIT University.

He currently leads the Wellness Discipline in the School of Health Sciences at RMIT University and is a current Board Member and Past-President (from 2000-2007) of the Australasian Integrative Medicine Association (AIMA), a member of the RACGP-AIMA Joint Working party, Fellow of the Australian Medical Acupuncture Society and the International College of Acupuncture and Electrotherapeutics and Editorial Board Member of four international journals.

dr-mark-DonohoeDr Mark Donohoe MBBS

Dr Mark Donohoe is one of Australia’s most experienced and best known medical practitioners in the fields of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine. He has a long history working in integrative medicine and continues to bring orthodox & complementary medicine together in his Cremorne medical practice. The underlying philosophy of Dr Donohoe’s practice is that knowledge and understanding provide people with the ability to manage their own health, and even to heal themselves.

Understanding the contribution of stress, nutrition, the work and home environment and genetics to health and illness provides the best opportunities to make specific and profound changes often required to return to health. Dr Donohoe’s experience and knowledge of complex medical conditions, and his use of orthodox & complementary modalities and management options approach to identifying and managing chronic illness.

Dr-Michelle-WoolhouseDr Michelle Woolhouse MBBS, FRACGP, FACNEM

Dr Michelle Woolhouse completed her medical training at Monash University in 1996, she then went on to complete her fellowship with Royal Australian College of General Practitioner’s (RACGP) in 2001. In addition she has completed courses in hypnotherapy, nutritional medicine and mind-body medicine at Swinburne University. She studied Vietnamese acupuncture at the traditional Hospital in Ho Chi Minh and has studied various forms of meditation and philosophical traditions including Buddhism, yoga and sound therapy.

She has been on the board of the Australian Integrative Medical Association (AIMA), was a founding member of the working party for the RACGP on integrative medicine and is currently a board member for the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (ACNEM). She writes regularly for magazines, journals and is a popular speaker at conferences.

Dr Michelle is the founding director of Peninsula Holistic General Practice, Rosebud which she opened in 2009. Her practice aims to provide the best possible model for health care; a supportive model that allows time for proper diagnosis, education, counselling, validating and for respecting each other.

Nicole-BijlsmaNicole Bijlsma ND

Nicole Bijlsma is a naturopath, acupuncturist and building biologist who has been in clinical practice since 1989. She is the founder and CEO of the Australian College of Environmental Studies which was established in 1999 to educate people about the health hazards in the built environment. The college provides nationally accredited training in Building Biology and Feng Shui.

She has extensive experience lecturing at tertiary institutions for over twenty years, and has spoken at public forums including Stop Smart Meters Forum, Mindd Foundation, ACNEM, The Wellness Summit amongst many others and has conducted many radio interviews on environmental health. Nicole is on the education committee for the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine.

sarah-lantzDr Sarah Lantz MBBS

Dr Sarah Lantz is a writer, and senior lecturer and Post-Doctorate Research Fellow at the University of Queensland. Her most recent research entitled, Reducing the Burden of Disease: An International Comparative Study of Children’s Environmental Health Policies provides the first international comparative study of children’s environmental health policies in Australia.

She has a background in nutrition, public and environmental health, and specialises in the area of child and youth health and wellbeing. She is an international speaker on the issue of chemical toxicity of the body and is the author of the best selling book Chemical Free Kids: Raising Healthy Children in a Toxic World. Sarah is also the co-director of Chemical Free Kids.


Research on natural medicine is increasing fast. You will get the very latest research and practical direction in assisting the large number of patients seeking natural health care. With every course, you receive the links to all papers referenced.


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