I totally wanted to read it, but I was nervous because I knew that Iâ€™d probably read things that would freak me out. I was rightâ€”much of the facts and statistics in it are disturbingâ€”but Slow Death by Rubber Duck is a highly interesting and informative read. In it, Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie, two of Canadaâ€™s top environmentalists, target a handful of common toxic substances and detail the effects on both their own health and the environment.Rick and Bruce use themselves to test the toxicity of everyday household itemsâ€”kidsâ€™ toys and clothing, body wash and other personal items, mercury, fertilizers, Teflon and a host of others and the results are alarming, to say the least. Yet just as my heart was really starting to sinkâ€“the information in Slow Death is, at times, rather overwhelmingâ€”it was buoyed, by the ninth and last chapter, Detox. This is where Rick and Bruce give us hope, offering up tips on how to avoid toxic substances in your everyday life and ways to make your home and your lives more chemical-free.
Truth be told, I was half expecting Slow Death by Rubber Duck to be a textbook read, laden with confusing terminology and scary analogies. On the contrary, together, Rick and Bruce have a great narrative voice, and what they have to say is really important. I definitely recommend picking up a copy of this bookâ€”I guarantee youâ€™ll come away from it having learned something.
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