Slow Death by Rubber Duck

How the toxic chemistry of everyday life affects our health.

By Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie. Paperback, 336 pages, Published in Australia, 25 October 2009.

In the investigative tradition of Michael Moore ( Fahrenheit 9/11 ) and Morgan Spurlock ( Super Size Me ) comes a book that will change the way you look at everything around you. 'Why don't we experiment on ourselves?' What began as a joke became a two-year megaproject ...We set only one ironclad rule: our efforts had to mimic real life ...' Pollution is no longer just about belching smokestacks and ugly sewer pipes - now, it's personal. When Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie decided to tell the story of pollution in our modern world by using their own bodies as laboratories, they could not have known what they were about to discover. They ingested and inhaled a host of things that surround all of us all the time, from mercury-laden tuna to flame-retardant chemicals in clothes and furniture, to toxins in plastics, shampoos and deodorants. Slow Death by Rubber Duck exposes the extent to which we are being poisoned every day of our lives, both in our homes and our workplaces. It tells the shocking story of corporate giants who manufacture these toxins, the government officials who let it happen and the effects on people across the globe. Funny, thought-provoking and disturbing, Slow Death by Rubber Duck offers solutions for how we might be healthier, safer and more aware.


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