Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things

Slow Death by Rubber Duck The Secret Danger of Everyday Things Pollution is no longer just about belching smokestacks and ugly sewer pipes now it s personal The most dangerous pollution it turns out comes from commonplace items in our homes and workplaces To p

  • Title: Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things
  • Author: Rick Smith Bruce Lourie
  • ISBN: 9781582435671
  • Page: 445
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pollution is no longer just about belching smokestacks and ugly sewer pipes now, it s personal The most dangerous pollution, it turns out, comes from commonplace items in our homes and workplaces To prove this point, for one week authors Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie ingested and inhaled a host of things that surround all of us Using their own bodies as the reference poiPollution is no longer just about belching smokestacks and ugly sewer pipes now, it s personal The most dangerous pollution, it turns out, comes from commonplace items in our homes and workplaces To prove this point, for one week authors Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie ingested and inhaled a host of things that surround all of us Using their own bodies as the reference point to tell the story of pollution in our modern world, they expose 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 This book the testimony of their experience exposes the extent to which we are poisoned every day of our lives, from the simple household dust that is polluting our blood to the toxins in our urine that are created by run of the mill shampoos and toothpaste Ultimately hopeful, the book empowers readers with some simple ideas for protecting themselves and their families, and changing things for the better.

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    1. Eek. Is this why all the little kids I know have asthma or allergies or lots of trouble processing language? I really like their approach, and they do make it a little hopeful in the end (I read ahead to make sure it wasn't too depressing). The experimented with their toxin levels on themselves. The surprising part to me was that it was only for one week, yet they still saw big changes in level. Here are my notes to myself:Slow Death By Rubber DuckRick Smith and Bruce LouriecosmeticsdatabaseCh. [...]

    2. A few ways to avoid toxins in every-day life:PHTHALATES: 1. Avoid personal care products that have "fragrance" or "parfum" listed as an ingredient. Choose the product with the simplest ingredient list. (Pangea Organics is one company that has natural care products or find more at safecosmetics.)2. Get a shower curtain made from natural products (cotton, hemp, etc)3. Make your own natural air fresheners from baking soda and essential oils.4. Check healthytoys for a list of phthalate-free toysRFLU [...]

    3. I recommend this book very highly, and consider it to be the second most important book I’ve read this year. The most important was “Sea Sick: The Hidden Crisis of Global Ocean Change”. “Slow Death by Rubber Duck”, however, is more personal and more entertaining to read, and while it contains very disturbing data, it ends with a hopeful message and action items to improve our lives and those of our families. Written by a couple of Canadians out of Toronto, it is well written, with plen [...]

    4. This book is full of junk science. Had a hard time following it, because it was so bogged down with sensational hand-wringing and hair pulling over dangers in our own home. My thoughts? Don't agree with flame retardant material? Then don't buy it. As usual mini-statists don't agree with something then it should be banned for all. There is no definitive correlation between chemicals used on clothing, plastics and cleaning products that lead to death or cancer. This book shows no 'proof' other tha [...]

    5. What intrigued me about this book was that the two authors, both environmentalists, Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie, decided on a whim to expose themselves with a variety of chemicals and see what kind of test results might be produced. They wanted to know what kind of chemical toxins their children were exposed to. These chemicals are ones that everyone is exposed to on a daily basis and all of them are toxic to the human body. It made me aware that toxins in the products available to consumers hav [...]

    6. I'm recommending this book to just about everyone if you've ever wondered if those pesticides on your neighbour's lawn might cause you problems, or assumed that rubber ball in your son's mouth was no problem, or noticed how fast polycarbonate baby bottles disappeared from the shelves in spring 2008 when the previous December they were about the only choice available, then this book will open your eyes. Not to be doomsday or anything, but it turns out it is true that a dozen substances we use eve [...]

    7. Wow. WOW. That booked really changed my life.I thought I knew my priorities and I considered myself to be quite well-educated when it comes to the dangers of the present-day world. I try to buy as much organic food and cosmetics (and local produce) as my purse would allow me, I recycle everything I can and opt for used things when I need to get something for the house, I dumped everything that could be tested on animals and/or manufactured by the "great evil" of the Monsanto/Nestle/P&G kind. [...]

    8. "Slow Death by Rubber Duck" is a entertaining take on why we need to care about the chemicals that we use and are around on a day in, day out basis. In plain language, the authors showcase information in an easy to understand way that is accessible to all. The book covers everything from plastics to antibiotics (the antibiotic and germ chapter was my personal favorite).The writing of the book was good. I think that many readers fear picking up books like this if they don't feel well-versed in sc [...]

    9. I thought this book might be boring or dense, but it's actually very readable and conversational, integrating personal experiences and case sutdies, and I sped through in no time. While parts of it can be scary, the authors focus on the possibility of change, and the lists of action items at the end are very helpful. This book has already affected one of my purchases: dryer balls, which would be an "eco-friendly" fabric softening device, but they were made with PVC, which are serious off-gassers [...]

    10. Not only is it cleverly written by two of my fellow Canadians, it has amazing information about the ways in which our society has blithely created myriad chemicals which poison us daily. Yeah, yeah, we've all heard it before. But when you actually read some of the scientific evidence about such things as phthlalates (pronounced tha-lates) that are hormone disrupters which cause little boy babies not to develop proper equipment (shall we say) - and the fact that these chemicals are in virtually a [...]

    11. I'm a chemist and have worked in product safety, so I do know quite a lot about exposure to chemicals. However, this book was still quite an eyeopener and very thought provoking. To think that we get exposed to such a cocktail of chemicals on a daily basis, often without even realizing it, really angers me. Most of the chemicals are also totally unnecessary in the products we use. I definitely recommend this book to those wanting a crash course to chemical exposures, as well as to those wanting [...]

    12. Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie have written a book about the dangers of some of the chemicals found in common household products, their effects on our bodies and the environment, and what we can do about them. They examine the history and effects of phthalates, PFCs (Perfluorochemicals), PBDEs (Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers), mercury, Triclosan, pesticides, and Bisphenol A. They have taken a unique approach, in that in addition to giving readers the facts, they have also experimented on themselves [...]

    13. Very thought-provoking. As a reader, you do need to understand that the authors are active environmentalists (Canadian). They (rightfully, I thought) pointed out that over the last several decades, much progress has been made in reducing what could be termed "overt" pollution - what is easily seen in water (scummy or floating trash) or air (smog). But there are many chemicals to which we - and our children, whose bodies are smaller and less able to process and protect themselves - are exposed on [...]

    14. Reading this book has caused me to make some definite lifestyle changes. I wish everyone would read it--especially every parent. The authors examine seven types of toxic chemicals (Phthalates, Mercury, non-stick chemicals like Teflon, bromine-based fire retardants, triclosan, pesticides, and BPA), give the histories of these chemicals, their effects, and suggestions for decreasing exposure and absorption. I've tried to be careful to avoid these chemicals by only buying soap without triclosan; on [...]

    15. Being informed about the chemicals that are so ubiquitous in our environment today, such as phthalates, PFCs (Teflon, etc.), flame retardants, mercury, Triclosan (Microban and other antibacterial potions), pesticides, and Bisphenol A (BPA), is important to me.Certainly, I learned many things while reading this book (I had a cursory understanding of many of the issues), however, most surprising to me was the following passage, as I have never heard any information about it anywhere else before, " [...]

    16. Rick Smith's Slow Death by Rubber Duck" is a very compelling read. Each chapter offers the history, impact/effects, and possible future of an assortment of ubiquitous chemicals that have been introduced to an unwitting public - not only in the U.S./Canada, but throughout the world. This information is delivered in a factual, yet personal manner - making it a riveting read. Smith and his co-author Bruce Lourie have used themselves as test subjects, and the reader realizes the personal investment [...]

    17. I gave this book one star for a few reasons. One, I disagreed with it politically. That's that, nothing more to be said. Two, I had to read it for environmental science class, which is another downside. And three, I found it rather dull. The writing wasn't particularaly bad, but on occasion the organization was incomprehenisble. Each chapter was themed with a particular toxic product that we find in everyday life, but within the chapters there was no rhyme or reason to the organization of the pa [...]

    18. Good book.Things to remember:- avoid personal care products with "Fragrance" or "Parfum"- avoid vinyl - replace the shower curtain liner with one that's made from recycled polyester or natural fibers- buy PBDE-free furniture- avoid eating tuna and other big/predatory fish, avoid white albacore tuna, eat light skipjack tuna instead- avoid antibactierial products with triclosan, Microban, Biofresh, Iragasan DP 300, Lexol 300, Ster-Zac, Cloxifermolum, or 5-choro-2-(2.4-dichlorophenoxy) phenol- chec [...]

    19. It took me a while to read this book because it scared me. LOL! It's full of great information and it's not a boring read at all - the narrative voices are really interesting and they present the material in a way that doesn't come off as uber-scientific, on the contrary - it's clear and concise and easy to understandbut it's scary stuff. Scary stuff that is important for us all to read.Definitely worth a read.

    20. apart from making me hysterical dinner company and scared of my teflon pans ;-) Seriously, it was very interesting and gave a lot of food for thought on how many toxins and chemicals to which we expose ourselves on an hourly basis. Frustrating how current laws have a "safe until proven otherwise" outlook.

    21. I thought this book was really interesting from a thought perspective. I also think that we should learn more about what chemicals we are exposing ourselves to on a regular basis and how they affect our bodies. But the author's experimental design left more than a little to be desired. Trying to avoid chemicals for a short period of time and then exposing yourself to large quantities over an even shorter period of time and saying "look it does this thing!" just isn't good science. Most people do [...]

    22. I found this a bit sensationalized and unhelpful in that it largely calls for a full stop of many products that are ubiquitous in society. I recognize the validity of their claims that we ought to reduce or entirely eliminate many of the chemicals they discuss, but they offer few avenues of moderation and even fewer graded reactions. What truly constitutes poisonous-- is it situational? And exactly how worried should I be-- do I have more to worry about from UV rays or that driver who doesn't lo [...]

    23. I'm so glad I found this book in the $1 SF Public Library book sale! It's informative, not just from a "presenting data" perspective, but also because these guys tested themselves and shared their experiences. This book made me change: how I see the world (of lots of synthetics), products I buy, my awareness of ingredient lists (not just for foods, but their packaging, shampoo & conditioner, etc), and my awareness of my environment. Thank you! (that being said, it feels like there's a thin p [...]

    24. I really enjoyed this book. It is getting old now, but I sure learned a lot about the chemicals we ingest every day. I will change some of the things I do to reduce my slow death by rubber duck.

    25. This might be the most relevant book for my day-to-day life that I've read in years (up there with Omnivore's Dilemma). There is a lot to digest here (while reading, I kept posting stickies on one page, then the next page, then the next page), but briefly This book is about all the chemicals that we're exposed to (unwittingly) daily. This includes especially babies and children. Everyone is polluted. Pollution used to be this localized, visible, acute issue (cholera outbreaks). Now it's widespre [...]

    26. Review, Outline and Topical RantWell-paced, with fascinating historical examples, personally relevant testing, and limited political bias considering the authors, "Slow Death" is a fantastic book and an excellent look at the state of our chemically-drenched society. The pacing; dividing the books into chapters on specific environmental contaminants and various sub-sections, enabled me to easily skim through components I found weaker (blabbing on about their personal lives a bit too much, too man [...]

    27. This riveting report by Canadian environmentalists Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie is a wake-up call for all Americans, no matter where in North America you live, and for that matter, the world. It does and should leave you stunned. The premise of the book is self-experimentation, as Mr. Smith and Mr. Lourie offer themselves up as guinea pigs by exposing themselves to a host of common household products, everything from dish soap to personal care products to tuna fish, measuring blood and urine samp [...]

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