Sometimes I just can’t read another book about autism. I simply need a break so I try to choose something else I care about, usually something to do with healthy diets or cleaning up my environment. In my view it is autism related since some of our kids are the canaries in the mine. My own family is a perfect example of this. Both Mark and I are sensitive to chemicals, dyes, preservatives and other such things that most people don’t even know exist. My husband bought me a beautiful new couch but I could not sit in the living room for well over a month because he had it sprayed with scotch guard. Every tine I sat in the living room I broke out in hives and had trouble breathing. I went to the doctor because being allergic to your couch is crazy, or so I thought. Turned out I am allergic to formaldehyde and the doctor assured me that I was not crazy. Turns out allergies to formaldehyde is fairly common. Who knew? So when I saw this book, Slow Death By Rubber Duck I simply could not resist. The cute innocent rubber duck and the title lured me in. I must say that it was a fun read. Of course, I love the subject and have several books on similar material, So maybe fun isn’t the right word for most readers. If you have read other books on this subject you will find some new information here and you will enjoy the fast pace. If you have never given a thought about all the chemicals in your own home this is the perfect book to start with. It presents the information in a simple easy to understand way without being too preachy. I especially enjoyed the authors attempts to poison themselves to test just how true the health claims were. The book gives easy ideas and solutions to cleaning up your environment without having to break the bank or become a wacko, as my husband so aptly puts it. It is a quick interesting read and I highly recommend it.
Here is what publisher days about the book:
Pollution is not only an abstract, distant problem seen in belching smokestacks and contaminated waterways; it’s also personal. Some of the most dangerous pollutants come from commonplace items in our homes and workplaces—shampoos and toothpastes, carpets and children’s toys.
To prove this point, leading environmentalists Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie conducted their own research by ingesting and inhaling a host of things that are part of our everyday lives. 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.
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