I just finished reading Slow Death by Rubber Duck, the story two concerned men hoping to shed light on everyday toxic chemical exposure by experimenting on themselves. They focus on a new kind of pollution. We're not looking for external evidence in factory smoke stacks and slimy rivers; we're talking about insidious, internal pollution. A toxic soup within our bodies.
As a reader of this blog, you already know that studies showing that significant levels of toxic substances can leach out of commonplace items are piling up in record numbers. Authors Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie aim to tackle the question of how these chemicals find their way inside us and how they truly affect us. The accomplish this task by ingesting and inhaling a host of things that surround us all every day. They chose their list of chemicals based on those which are suspected of being toxic and posing long term health risks to humans. By revealing the pollution load in their bodies before and after the experiment, they tell the inside story of several common substances.
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Although obviously troubling, Slow Death By Rubber Duck offers hope with ideas for protecting you and your family. I was impressed by the book's easy to understand presentation, thorough histories of chemicals discussed and practical suggestions for simple changes. The book is right up my alley and it's a must read in my opinion!
The pollution inside us is insidious. We cannot see it; we often have trouble measuring it and it is very difficult assigning specific damage to chemicals that are so widely used. But the alarm bells are starting to sound. Doctors, nurses, mothers and community activists are questioning why these toxic substances can be put into products without our knowledge and with no evidence that they will not harm us and legislators are just beginning to listen.
If you're ready to dive in and learn more, you'll want to listen in on an upcoming webinar presented by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. The webinar is tomorrow, April 6th at 5 pm PST/8 pm EST and is free to attend. They'll be discussing toxic chemicals found in products as common as hand soap and what you can do to protect your family.
All you need to participate is a phone, a computer with internet access and an interest in making the world less toxic. Simply RSVP here and you'll receive the call-in info and URL. I know it'll be worth your time!