Slow Death by Rubber Duck

Slow Death by Rubber Duck

How the Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Life Affects Our Health

Book - 2009 | 1st ed.
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Funny, thought-provoking, and incredibly disturbing, Slow Death by Rubber Duck reveals that just the living of daily life creates a chemical soup inside each of us.

Pollution is no longer just about belching smokestacks and ugly sewer pipes - now, it's personal.

The most dangerous pollution has always come from commonplace items in our homes and workplaces. Smith and Lourie ingested and inhaled a host of things that surround all of us all the time. This book exposes the extent to which we are poisoned every day of our lives. For this book, over the period of a week - the kind of week that would be familiar to most people - the authors use their own bodies as the reference point and tell the story of pollution in our modern world, the miscreant corporate giants who manufacture the toxins, the weak-kneed government officials who let it happen, and the effects on people and families across the globe. Parents and concerned citizens will have to read this book.

Key concerns raised in Slow Death by Rubber Duck :
" Flame-retardant chemicals from electronics and household dust polluting our blood.
" Toxins in our urine caused by leaching from plastics and run-of-the-mill shampoos, toothpastes and deodorant.
" Mercury in our blood from eating tuna.
" The chemicals that build up in our body when carpets and upholstery off-gas.

Ultimately hopeful, the book empowers readers with some simple ideas for protecting themselves and their families, and changing things for the better.

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: Toronto : A.A. Knopf Canada, c2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307397126
Branch Call Number: 615.902 SMITH
Characteristics: xii, 323 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Dopp, Sarah
Lourie, Bruce


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Feb 05, 2018

The subtitle suggested that it would be a book about health, and be correspondingly serious. Instead, it chatty and quite informal; relatively little of the science is explained, but a lot is merely asserted, and that usually phrased in a way to frighten one. The main culprits are phthalates, mercury, triclosan, and bisphenol-a. The authors spend a lot of time on themselves and their families and the testing process. Some of the results are given in graphs. The worst aspect of the book is that chemical names and useful websites are mentioned in the text but not mentioned in the "further resources" section nor the index at the end of the book, so I would highly recommend that one read with a notepad and pen and jot down the names of chemicals and organizations into it for one's later use.

Sep 14, 2013

A great book: funny, intelligent, focused, logically narrated. A great effort to educate us. I wish it had a sequal or an update that included all new data.

Mar 11, 2011

My Dad would really like this. It would confirm his suspicion that everything will eventually kill him. From tuna to make up, nothing is safe. I trust some of the stats but I just don’t care enough to change the way I live my happy shortened life.

Jan 12, 2011

This book will make you read the fine print on all your shampoo,hair products, hand sanitizers, soaps and fragrances. You will be surprised at what is in all those products and how much your body absorbs. Great book with real scientific data from a local analytical lab in Victoria. A must read to keep your kids exposure minimized.

Jan 10, 2011

Awesome book.

This is the only thing I've ever read that makes "the environment" personal. Now I really get it.

Thankfully it offer real solutions in alternatives to use and how to use your own purchasing power to let corporations know you do not want toxic products.

Everyone reading this book will come away with something to improve their lives and the lives of those they care about.

A mandatory read for new parents.

Jul 08, 2010

Scary! The chemical corporations may very well kill the human species.

Jan 30, 2010

Very well written and easy to read. You might expect something like this to be dry, but I had a hard time putting it down, just as much as any novel.

And I love the fact that it is Canadian. Nice to have a Canadian perspective for a change.

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