My name is Lucinda Curran. I’ve always had a desire to make the world a better place, I am solutions-focused to make optimal wellbeing attainable. I draw from a varied toolkit to assist my clients.
Why Do I Do What I Do?
In a nutshell, my move to the inner city of Melbourne to practice as a Chinese medicine practitioner was catastrophic for my health. My mild intolerances to perfumes, car fumes and cigarette smoke soon escalated, and my reactions became debilitating and life threatening.
Yet, my determination
I was determined to not only reclaim my health, but to prevent others from becoming sick… and thus began my studies in Building Biology (the science of how the built environment interacts with health) and my full-time quest to make the world a safer place.
The link between the environment and the health of the individual was apparent in my clinical work (as a Chinese medicine practitioner) and Building Biology is a natural extension of this work as it is a deeper and more scientific insight into the environmental factors that can adversely affect health.
(The longer and more personal version of this story is just below…)
The Eco Health Solutions Team
I have hand-picked a group of talented building biologists and trained them up to the high level of service offered by Eco Health Solutions. All team members share an attention to detail, a passion for making a positive difference and the know-how to impart their knowledge to you.
Our team work to the unparalleled high standards that people expect from Eco Health Solutions and we are able to service all of Australia. Together, we can guide many more people to address environmental stressors and improve their health.
We are committed to doing a thorough assessment of your home or workplace in order to provide you with solutions to address environmental stressors. We are detailed. We care about doing the right thing by you. We understand.
My Journey – The Longer Version
All my life I had an aversion to perfume, car fumes and cigarette smoke.
Not long after moving to the inner city, I needed to have back surgery. When I came out of the anaesthetic, those aversions were off the scale – I was vomiting at the merest whiff of the nurses wearing perfume. The next day, my room was full of medical staff all chattering away. They were trying to figure out what was wrong with me as all my “vitals” were normal.
I lay there and pondered, and then it dawned on me that I had become chemically sensitive – my tolerance to environmental stressors had bottomed out from everything I had been exposed to in my new home.
The constant traffic (both people and cars), the non-stop noise, the massive increase in exposure to electromagnetic fields and the poor air quality.
It was laying there in that hospital bed that I determined to do whatever I could to prevent others getting sick like this.
I checked myself out and went home, where it was much safer than hospital. But it got worse.
Instead of vomiting, I began to experience anaphylaxis from somebody walking past my house wearing perfume… and that was with the windows closed! Oh boy!!
But you know what? That wasn’t the worst part.
The worst part for me was not being able to function mentally anywhere near as sharply as normal. I was foggy-headed, I would lose my train of thought and forget what I was saying half way through a sentence, and when I tried to read something it was as though each sentence was a brand-new book!
The brain fog meant that I had become unreliable – not only because I couldn’t remember anything, but because I couldn’t DO anything. That was the worst for me.
I joined a support group in desperation for ways to get better. Instead of help, I found the opposite. People talking about preferring to die in their apartments instead of sheltering in the basement during a natural disaster. Someone in one of these groups had the gall to tell me that if I ever got well, that I had never truly been sick (ie if I got well, it meant they could to… so I had to stay sick to keep them happy – NOT on my watch!!).
They always say, “as long as you’ve got your health….” – well I didn’t. But I had hope and faith that I would get better and I WAS NOT going to let anyone take that away from me.
I ditched the group and focused on my health and wellbeing. I eliminated all the environmental stressors in our home and addressed those outside our home…
And bit by bit, I regained my health AND reclaimed my life.
When I look back at what had happened, I could see that what I experienced was totally preventable. It was then that I determined to do everything in my power to make the world a safer place and prevent others becoming as sick as I had.
And that is why I do what I do! 🙂
Will you join me in my mission to make the world a safer place by improving one home or workplace at a time?
Australian College of
- Water Pollution (2016-present)
- Air Pollution (2016-present)
- Business Skills (2016-present)
- Healthy Home (2016-2018)
- EMF Shielding (2016-present)
of Building Surveyors
“Weatherproofing and Fire Separation” (February – October 2018)
Co-presented with Stephen Kip (SKIP Consulting) and Jeremy Turner (National Technical Manager at AIBS)
Chemical Free Community
- Advisor, 2017-present
Indoor Air Quality Association,
- Individual member (2016-2018)
- Member of Chapter Subcommittee, Indoor Air Quality Association, Australian Chapter (2016-2017)
- Secretary of the IAQA Australian Chapter, Indoor Air Quality Association, Australian Chapter (2017-2018)
The LEAD Group
- Committee Member (2016-2017)
- Technical Advisory Committee Member (2016-2017)
of Building Biologists
- Practitioner Member (2013-present)
- President (2015-2016)
- Treasurer (2013-2015)
- Advanced Diploma in Building Biology (ACES)
- Bachelor of Health Science (Chinese Medicine) (SSNT)
- Master of Arts (Macquarie University)
- Bachelor of Arts (Macquarie University)
- Diploma of Teaching (Macquarie University)
- Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (Connect)
- Certificate IV in Business (Connect)
- Certificate IV in Small Business Management (BTM)
A5M Pre-Conference – The Impact of the Built Environment on Health (Aug 2018)
BOINZ Conference, NZ – Can a Building Really Affect Health? (May 2018)
Australian Institute of Building Surveyors SA Chapter Conference – Mould, Health and the Building Envelope (May 2018)
Australian Institute of Building Surveyors Vic Chapter Conference – Mould, Health and the Building Envelope (Oct 2017)
Australian Institute of Building Surveyors NSW/ACT Chapter Conference – Mould, Health and the Building Envelope (July 2017)