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Slow Death by Rubber Duck: How the Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Life Affects Our Health Hardcover – May 5 2009


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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Canada (May 5 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307397122
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307397126
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 14.4 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 540 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #105,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Cherise Burda on May 25 2009
Format: Hardcover
Not often do I refer to a non-fiction book as a page-turner, particularly a book about the earnest topic of the environment. But Slow Death by Rubber Duck got me hooked immediately. I opened it up to a random page and started reading the part when the authors deliberately attempt to poison themselves in a room full of toxic products while eating a strict diet of mercury-rich tuna. I couldn't book the book down.

It turns out that the shocking absurdity of our chemical life makes for a gripping narrative. Slow Death introduces the reader to the hidden and insidious menu of toxics we breathe, eat and drink everyday, yet the story is told with humour and personal experience, not only by the book's engaging authors, but also through the discoveries and struggles of tenacious scientists and activists we meet along the way.

I should add the book does give the reader hope, but not in the usual obligatory last chapter list of 'things you can do' way. Each chapter is its own compelling chemical journey, including battles won, substances banned, ordinary people making a difference for the health of their kids and their planet. And the practical list of products to avoid (and substitute) is definitely worth a fridge magnet.

Truly, this is the best book from the "science and environment" section I've picked up in years. Highly recommended.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Beiman on April 27 2009
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book from the authors at the Green Living show in Toronto on April 26. I am very glad that I did.
While reading it, I found myself nervously moving off the overstuffed sofa and Scotchgard-saturated dining room chairs while I realized that my now-past love of tuna sushi led to the early symptoms of mercury poisoning.
The chemicals are everywhere, and this book tells you why. It is written in a jolly, anecdotal style that contrasts with the horrific information inside.
Everyone should read this book. It should be required reading for all politicians.
Buy it and read it often. The first chapter will be a shock, the rest will have your jaw dropping.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By M Kemper on May 27 2009
Format: Hardcover
Two years ago my beautiful aunt passed away from lymphoma, around the same time as Wendy Mesley came out with her documentary which asked some very hard questions about sources of cancer, increased rates of cancer, and why cancer research agencies aren't doing more on the prevention side of things.

I have always suspected that her disease (and many other people's as well) was a result of the toxic chemical soup all of us are exposed to every day. This book provides very telling evidence about the ways in which toxic chemicals affect our bodies.

This book is incredibly well written and topical, and provides a fantastic narrative with which to illustrate the ideas we should all be considering. Often books like this leave me feeling disempowered and gloomy - but not here. The authors celebrate the positive changes that have been made and offer practical alternatives for us to integrate into our everyday lives.

As a soon to be mother, it empowers me to consider ways to reduce harmful exposure for my baby, myself, and my whole family.

I highly recommend you read this book!
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By A. Soares TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 21 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is definitely one of the better books out there on environmental toxins! The book takes a detailed look at 7 widespread environmental toxins and their impact on human health. The book is somewhat unique in that the authors demonstrate how sensitive our bodies are to common use, by testing on themselves (deliberate exposure through typical usage). The last chapter provides detailed tips to limit our exposure (common places where the chemicals lurk, etc):)

All-in-all:
*The book is entertaining - the information is scary but I believe the average reader will find it easier to get through than other books I've read on the subject.
*The book provides history of use, regulations, and scientific studies on each of 7 toxins covered.
*The book provides details on potential impacts of exposure and how long these chemicals remain in our bodies/ environment
*The book provides recommendations on how to limit exposure
*Detailed look at 7 toxins, rather than broad look at all
*book is well organized
*bonus: the book is written by Canadian authors and is directly applicable to Canadians (discusses current regulations in both Canada and U.S... most only focus on U.S.)

Another good book about environmental toxins is the Hundred-Year Lie - I enjoyed both, but found Slow Death by Rubber Duck far more entertaining and more useful in terms of mitigating the impact of these chemicals in our daily lives. Definitely recommend reading both though.
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By jo-jo on Oct. 17 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
purchased as I had read the book previously at the naturopath and was really drawn to the contents of the book and all of the chemical use in our daily lives
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By L. Stallard on June 11 2009
Format: Hardcover
Slow Death by Rubber Duck: How the Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Life Affects Our Health

While I was aware of, and had followed in the news, the bisphenol A controversy, I had no idea how pervasive chemicals and specifically the petrochemical industry has permeated everything from what we eat to our everyday personal care products. As the book mentions, these chemicals have a greater impact on children because of their smaller size and metabolism and that's disturbing. I've read elsewhere that chemicals in our environment (home, food etc) have possibly been a contributor to the rise in diabetes because specific chemicals affect the hormones in our bodies. This book certainly provides more food for thought in that respect. I only had to look in my own cupboards at food, plastics, additives in shampoos, body creams, and cosmetics to realize I was 'bathing' my own family in these chemicals. The question I came away with was, 'why do we need all these chemicals, all these products?' And since, now use pure glycerin to moisturize and read labels to ensure I'm reducing the infiltration of chemicals in my family's environment. As the author points out, it's impossible to completely rid yourself of them as they've entered our water, soil and air. Nevertheless, you can reduce your own exposure--a real eye opener.
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