Slow Death by Rubber Duck: How the Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Life Affects Our Health

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Vintage Canada, Apr 6, 2010 - Business enterprises - 339 pages
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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.

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User Review  - rhondala - LibraryThing

This books contains good information about all the toxic chemicals contained in everyday household items, in beauty products, and food. I found it hard to read for one reason only, it's scary. I felt ... Read full review

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User Review  - RockStarNinja - LibraryThing

This is one of those books that is so hard to rate because I just don't know what would be appropriate. The writing itself was very conversational for such a hard topic as chemical awareness. The book ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

As Executive Director of Environmental Defence, Rick Smith is one of Canada’s leading environmentalists. Bruce Lourie is an environmental professional with expertise in toxic pollution and mercury. He is president of the Ivey Foundation. Sarah Dopp is a veteran grassroots organizer, political staffer and campaigner. They live in Toronto.

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