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Slow Death by Rubber Duck by Rick Smith
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Read on April 13, 2011

Personal pollution. This Silent Spring style book focuses, not on environmental threats to the natural world, but to pollution that is more personal in nature which is occurring in our bodies and homes.

Two curious Canadian scientists decide to experiment upon themselves to understand the impact of individual actions and ordinary lifestyle choices upon the toxin levels in their bodies.

As parents, they were particularly concerned about understanding better the problem and learning what actions they could take to fight the ongoing personal pollution battle for themselves and their more vulnerable children -- and readers will almost certainly be motivated to make some changes themselves if they are not yet informed from reading other topically related books.

What is at issue? There are thousands of unregulated chemicals in the global environment. The writers choose to discuss several specific toxins --- phthalates, mercury, BPA, pesticides, fire retardants, triclosan and non-stick chemicals like Teflon --- and after introducing us to the chemicals and their particular histories, they provide information about what is known about their effects.

While this could be disturbing, the authors give suggestions (intended for Canadians and Americans both)for decreasing exposure and absorption.

The before and after test levels in the authors who change products and activities illustrate the impact personal actions can indeed make, providing some good news in a bad news story.

For more about the book and the general topic, check out the book's website.

For related information as mentioned by the authors, check out Environmental Working Group.
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