Slow Death by Rubber Duck

slow-death-by-rubber-duck.jpgThere was a part of me that was afraid to read this book.

I totally wanted to read it, but I was nervous because I knew that I’d probably read things that would freak me out. I was right—much of the facts and statistics in it are disturbing—but Slow Death by Rubber Duck is a highly interesting and informative read. In it, Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie, two of Canada’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 items—kids’ 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 sink–the information in Slow Death is, at times, rather overwhelming—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 book—I guarantee you’ll come away from it having learned something.

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