Title: Slow Death by Rubber Duck: How the Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Life Affects Our Health
Authors: Rick Smith, Bruce Lourie
Publish Date: January 2010
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "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.
hopeful, the book empowers readers with some simple ideas for
protecting themselves and their families, and changing things for the
My Two Cents:
"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).
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 science but this book
is accessible to those without science backgrounds. Throughout the
book, the authors conduct experiments to show how all of these toxic
chemicals that we may not even think about can affect us (and most
striking for me: how QUICKLY they can affect us) were really well
explained and really interesting.
This book depressed me, like
really depressed me. It's a great book but it makes me feel the way that
watching old "West Wing" episodes makes me feel. This book was written
almost 10 years ago and there is still so much in this book that we
haven't fixed or that we've fixed and now it seems like we're rolling
things back under the new presidential administration. I hate that we're
dealing with the same problems that we were dealing with almost a
decade ago but here we are. The fact that we are still dealing with the
same problems shows why books like this are still relevant almost a
decade after having been written.
Overall, this is a good book
about why we need to be more aware of chemicals. As one author says at
the end of the book, the book is not anti-chemical (some chemicals are
necessary and needed) but awareness is key and inclusion in various
products we use should be well thought out.