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Businesswoman, 43, shares how her health unravelled in two months due to mould poisoning

A health coach and organic wholefoods businesswoman has spoken about how a huge mould growth hidden in her bedroom cupboard caused her health to unravel in a matter of months.

Soulla Chamberlain, from Sydney, experienced firsthand the detrimental impacts mould can have on the body as in January 2016 she started suffering from respiratory issues – including chronic sinusitis and an irritable cough.

Ms Chamberlain, now 48, said she maintains impeccable health all year round and was stumped as to what was causing her to feel sick for two months.

‘It was so strange and kept going back to my naturopath to see if she could determine what was wrong, but nothing helped,’ she said, adding how she thought it was due to stress and sleep deprivation.

‘I started going to bed the same time as my kids to get ten hours of sleep a night – but the more I slept, the sicker I became, leading to sleeping more often which created a cycle.’

It wasn’t until her two children started feeling sick that she decided to inspect the bedroom and found the massive growth of mould in a section of her wardrobe that was rarely opened. 

Soulla Chamberlain, from Sydney, (pictured) experienced firsthand the detrimental impacts mould can have on the body as in January 2016 she started suffering from respiratory issues – including chronic sinusitis and an irritable cough 

The wardrobe was filled with toiletry bags, black tie dresses, heels, leather jackets and jewellery, all of which had become covered in mould

The wardrobe was two metres away from the bed and impacted Ms Chamberlain's lungs after breathing in the toxins, causing the respiratory issues

The wardrobe was filled with toiletry bags, black tie dresses, heels, leather jackets and jewellery, all of which had become covered in mould. The wardrobe was two metres away from the bed

It wasn't until her two children started feeling sick that she decided to inspect the bedroom and found the massive growth of mould in a section of her wardrobe that was rarely opened

It wasn’t until her two children started feeling sick that she decided to inspect the bedroom and found the massive growth of mould in a section of her wardrobe that was rarely opened

‘I was horrified – absolutely everything was covered in an inch of furry mould!’ she said.

The wardrobe was filled with toiletry bags, black tie dresses, heels, leather jackets and jewellery, all of which had become covered in mould.

Ms Chamberlain wondered whether the mould was causing the health problems, and her naturopath confirmed mould and chronic sinusitis go ‘hand in hand’.

The wardrobe was two metres away from the bed and impacted Ms Chamberlain and her children’s lungs after breathing in the toxins, causing the respiratory issues.

There were no signs of mould on the carpet, ceiling or walls and no other part of the house was affected.

Nurse Madeline Calfas (pictured) said mould can enter homes through a variety of pathways and grows in damp environments

Nurse Madeline Calfas (pictured) said mould can enter homes through a variety of pathways and grows in damp environments

Registered nurse and anti-ageing specialist from The Wellness Group, Madeline Calfas, said mould can enter homes through a variety of pathways and grows in damp environments usually effected by water damage.

Ms Chamberlain’s house in the eastern suburbs of Sydney is situated on a slope and is often impacted by flowing water on the side of the house when it rains.

Sydney itself is known for its humid environment and residents often make use of dehumidifiers and air purifiers to clean the air and prevent dampness.

But after realising the mould was causing the family’s health to decline, Ms Chamberlain made the fatal error of attempting to remove the mould herself with a cloth and eucalyptus oil – treating it like common household dust.

‘I didn’t know what to do so I tried to clean it but didn’t realise this was a huge mistake!’ she said.

‘I had no idea that mould needs to be cleaned in a very particular way; I sent black mould spores flying all throughout my house.

‘I felt lightheaded, and my symptoms got markedly worse.’ 

What are the common symptoms to be aware of?

  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Fever
  • Irritability
  • Vomiting
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Anorexia (loss of appetite, not to be confused with anorexia nervousa)
  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Jaundice
  • Asthma
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhoea
  • Food allergies
  • Fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Balance problems
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Vertigo
  • Seizures 

After realising the mould was causing the family's health to decline, Ms Chamberlain made the fatal error of attempting to remove the mould herself with a cloth and eucalyptus oil – treating it like common household dust

After realising the mould was causing the family’s health to decline, Ms Chamberlain made the fatal error of attempting to remove the mould herself with a cloth and eucalyptus oil – treating it like common household dust

Admitting she was 'flying blind' and wasn't sure whether she needed to move houses, she called a Building Biologist who arrived at her home with testing equipment for both the house and people

Professional advice insisted she cleaned everything in the house and slept elsewhere until the issue was resolved

Admitting she was ‘flying blind’ and wasn’t sure whether she needed to move houses, she called a Building Biologist who arrived at her home with testing equipment for both the house and people

Admitting she was ‘flying blind’ and wasn’t sure whether she needed to move houses, she called a Building Biologist who arrived at her home with testing equipment for both the house and people.

Professional advice insisted she cleaned everything in the house and slept elsewhere until the issue was resolved.

‘We quarantined ourselves upstairs away from the master bedroom downstairs and I slept on a fold-out bed in my daughter’s room,’ she said. 

'We quarantined ourselves upstairs away from the master bedroom downstairs and I slept on a fold-out bed in my daughter's room,' she said

Ms Calfas, added how both chronic and long-term exposure to mould can have devastating effects on someone's health by breathing in mould spores

‘We quarantined ourselves upstairs away from the master bedroom downstairs and I slept on a fold-out bed in my daughter’s room,’ she said

Ms Calfas, added how both chronic and long-term exposure to mould can have devastating effects on someone’s health by breathing in mould spores.

‘In the short term it can affect everything ranging from a constant runny nose, sinusitis, allergies, headaches, vision problems, sore throats, difficulty concentrating and rashes to name a few,’ she said.

‘Long term exposure can have an effect on bones and joints (you could develop fibromyalgia), thyroid issues, fertility issues, problems with your liver, even Legionnaire’s Disease.’

People who experience illness due to mould exposure are also at risk of developing an illness known as CIRS – Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome. 

People who experience illness due to mould exposure are also at risk of developing an illness known as CIRS - Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome

People who experience illness due to mould exposure are also at risk of developing an illness known as CIRS – Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome

Thankfully Ms Chamberlain’s symptoms subsided after two weeks of avoiding her bedroom, which is a rare occurrence for those who have suffered from mould poisoning.

She said her health quickly bounced back as she maintained a healthy organic wholefoods diet and nourishes her body with enough nutrients, water, exercise and sleep – tapping into the eight foundations of health.

As she wasn’t exposed to the mould for a long period of time and had a strong ‘detoxification pathways’, Ms Chamberlain did not develop CIRS or any further long-term issues.

Several factors lead to the growth of the mould, including poor ventilation, poor drainage, dampness, leak in the roof, rainwater trickling down behind the walls adjacent to the master bedroom and moisture in the floors and walls.

What are the eight foundations of health?

1. Nutrition

2. Hydration

3. Movement

4. Sleep

5. Breath

6. Mindset

7. Nature

8. Connection

What are the eight foundations of health?

1. Nutrition

2. Hydration

3. Movement

4. Sleep

5. Breath

6. Mindset

7. Nature

8. Connection

Thankfully Ms Chamberlain's symptoms subsided after two weeks of avoiding her bedroom, which is a rare occurrence for those who have suffered from mould poisoning

Thankfully Ms Chamberlain’s symptoms subsided after two weeks of avoiding her bedroom, which is a rare occurrence for those who have suffered from mould poisoning

The Young Living Thieves Essential Oil has been university tested to kill mould (pictured)

The Young Living Thieves Essential Oil has been university tested to kill mould (pictured)

After blogging about her experience, a man from France recommended the Young Living Thieves Essential Oil, which has been university tested to naturally kill mould from the body through a powerful combination of clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus radiata and rosemary.

She used the Thieves oils to rid the toxins from her body and the rest of her house, which she still uses today. 

To purchase Young Living products you need an existing Young Living account holder to connect you.

For further information contact Soulla Chamberlain by connecting on Instagram to arranging a wholesale account online.

To purchase Young Living products you need an existing Young Living account holder to connect you. For further information contact Soulla Chamberlain by connecting on Instagram to arranging a wholesale account online

To purchase Young Living products you need an existing Young Living account holder to connect you. For further information contact Soulla Chamberlain by connecting on Instagram to arranging a wholesale account online

After being inundated with messages through her blog from others who have also found mould in their home, she and Building Biologist Kelly Abeleven created a four-step mould protocol to educate people of what to do if in a similar situation.

First the source of the mould needs to be determined, which is often in an area of high humidity and moisture.

Then the area needs to be remediated in a particular way to remove the mould – which needs to be done by a qualified professional such as a building biologist. 

Next, create an ongoing dry environment by making use of de-humidifiers, air purifiers, ceiling fans and opening doors and windows

Finally, always ensure to detoxify the body from mould by using natural products, such as the Young Living Thieves essential oil, and consulting a GP or naturopath to push out all the toxins from the body.

The four-step mould protocol and how to remove mould:

1. Determine the source of moisture – mould likes to grow on warm, damp spaces of high humidity 

Mould can enter homes through open windows, vents, doorways, and heating and air conditioning systems 

It grows well on organic products such as paper, wood, cardboard, and ceiling tiles, as well as insulation, drywall, wallpaper, carpet, fabric, and upholstery

Call an expert if needed 

2. Remediate the area – this will need to be done by a professional to ensure the mould does not spread to other parts of the home 

3. Create ongoing dry environments – ensure all areas of the home are well ventilated, dry, open windows daily, make use of ceiling fans and air purifiers

This will ensure mould won’t grow or won’t return 

4. Detoxify the body from mould toxins – consult your GP or naturopath for options to optimise health 

Ms Chamberlain uses the Young Living Thieves essential oil, which isn’t available to all customers 

To purchase Young Living products you need an existing Young Living account holder to connect you

For further information contact Soulla Chamberlain by connecting on Instagram to arranging a wholesale account online 



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