Monday, June 28, 2010

Slow Death by Rubber Duck-Book Review

Yep, you read that right. And you probably had the same reaction I did when I was first contacted to review this book-shock, surprise, and a little curiosity, right? Curiosity, in my case, won out, and I said I would definitely check out Rick Smith & Bruce Lourie's book, Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Dangers of Everyday Things. Now that I've finally had a chance to sit down and read it, I'm excited to share with you what I thought.
Pollution is hitting closer to home than ever. Well, it's been there, but no one seems to have noticed. Or even cared. The most dangerous pollution, it turns out, comes from commonplace items in our homes and workplaces. The authors of Slow Death by Rubber Duck, Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie used their own bodies as the testers of the things that people ingest and inhale on a daily basis. They wrote this book basically as a diary of their experience, and the results will shock you! Things like shampoo, toothpaste, and, yes, even the cute rubber duck that your little one plays with in the tub every night, have hidden toxins that are entering our bloodstream. The book gives several examples of things that would never cross your mind as toxic (hello, sitting on your living room couch!). Now, while some of these things can't really be changed by all of us, the book shows readers some simple ideas to change things for the better for themselves and their families. Has this book caused me to freak out and throw away anything that could possibly harm me or my family? No. Has it opened my eyes to all the things in my everyday life that can be exchanged for safer products? Yes. Absolutely! I'd recommend reading Slow Death by Rubber Duck if you have the chance. It's an easy read and an interesting book that keeps you wanting to see what they found out next.
Intrigued? I want to share my copy of the book with one of you! Leave a comment if you would like a copy of Slow Death by Rubber Duck. I'll let decide who will receive it on Wednesday!

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Aly said...

WOW, I had no idea! I would love a copy of this book! Count me in!

Amanda said...

You got an award on my blog!!

Jen J. said...

I'd love to read this book!

Kristen said...

I'm curious :)