Slow Death by Rubber Duck Fully Expanded and Updated

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 08 Feb 2019

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I really enjoyed this book. It really opened my eyes to what I put in my body. I recommend everyone reads this.
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Very informative book about the toxic elements in our environments. The book is well documented and explains recent studies about the toxic elements such as the BPA, Teflon and other pollutants 

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Slow Death by Rubber Duck is the kind of book you want to love, and yet, who enjoys reading about how we poison our bodies unwittingly with chemicals? 

Normally, I avoid these types of books as I feel anxious, frustrated, and hopeless after reading them. The fellow Canadian authors of Slow Death by Rubber Duck, however, have done their due dilligence and given readers a full chapter summarizing their decade-long findings. More importantly, they give concrete advice on what you can do to minimize your toxic load. 

Calling Slow Death by Rubber Duck the, "definitive volume on toxic pollution," using themselves as guinea pigs, I feel, is accurate. Not the sexiest of explanations though. Frankly, if someone tried to sell me on the book using that description, I'd pass.

So instead, let me drop one stat from the book - from thousands you could choose from - to explain how fantastic yet disturing this book is: "In one study, 83% of tap water in seven countries was found to contain plastic micro-fibers". 

Not enough for you? Here's one more: "... EWG found 232 toxic chemicals in the umbillical cord blood of ten babies..." 

These, and all of the other stats and facts mentioned in the book, are all noted at the end. So many that almost a quarter of the book houses the appendix and notes. 

I found the writing lighthearted, informative, and clear. Not once did I feel like I was being talked down to, ostracized for my choices, or otherwise put into a category of judgement or 'not-knowingness'. Many books along this vein, I find, force me to go elsewhere to educate myself to understand the contents. Slow Death by Rubber Duck assumes I don't know anything about toxic chemicals in our everyday lives, and shares it with me as if I had a university statistics professor as my neighbor,chatting over our morning coffee. 

The best part of this 10-year anniversary edition? The authors don't leave you in tears, shaking with the thought of how you're killing yourself with your Teflon pan. (Honestly, I did cry a few times reading the book). Not only do they give you the information you need to make 'better' choices, you also get suggestions on how to lower your toxicity levels. The last chapter then sums up an interesting question: what do I do with all these toxic things, now? Do I throw them out, or....? Is there a better way?

I wholeheartedly recommend Slow Death by Rubber Duck for anyone wanting to increase their health in fairly simple ways, all while learning about the products we use on a daily basis, and how they affect us cellularly. I will likely purchase this book for friends and family, so that they can learn it, too.
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