Slow Death by Rubber Duck

The Secret Danger of Everyday Things

By Rick Smith; Bruce Lourie; Sarah Dopp
Counterpoint LLC, Hardcover, 9781582435671, 328pp.

Publication Date: January 2010

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Pollution is no longer just about belching smokestacks and ugly sewer pipesnow, it’s personal. The most dangerous pollution, it turns out, comes from commonplace items in our homes and workplaces. To prove this point, for one week authors Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie ingested and inhaled a host of things that surround all of us. 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 bookthe testimony of their experienceexposes the extent to which we are poisoned every day of our lives, from the simple household dust that is polluting our blood to the toxins in our urine that are created by run-of-the-mill shampoos and toothpaste. Ultimately hopeful, the book empowers readers with some simple ideas for protecting themselves and their families, and changing things for the better.




About the Author
Rick Smith is an award-winning teacher, education consultantRick Smith is an award-winning teacher, education consultant, and international presenter. He taught students in San Raf, and international presenter. He taught students in San Rafael, California for over fifteen years (with a primary focusael, California for over fifteen years (with a primary focus on students at risk), and was a mentor/support provider and on students at risk), and was a mentor/support provider and mentor coordinator for seven years. He has taught in the Se mentor coordinator for seven years. He has taught in the Secondary Credential Program at Dominican College in San Rafaecondary Credential Program at Dominican College in San Rafael and has trained American Peace Corps Volunteer Teachers inl and has trained American Peace Corps Volunteer Teachers in Ghana, West Africa. He has given numerous keynotes, pre-con Ghana, West Africa. He has given numerous keynotes, pre-conference workshops, and presentations at state and national cference workshops, and presentations at state and national conferences throughout the United States. Currently, he teachonferences throughout the United States. Currently, he teaches in the Elementary Credential Program at St. Mary's Colleges in the Elementary Credential Program at St. Mary's College in Moraga, California and mentors beginning teachers in the in Moraga, California and mentors beginning teachers in the San Francisco Bay Area. e San Francisco Bay Area.BRUCE LOURIE is a leading environmental thinker, writer and speaker. He is President of the Ivey Foundation and is a director of several organizations in Canada and the United States. He is the co-author of "Toxin Toxout".



NPR
Saturday, Feb 20, 2010

Inspired by Morgan Spurlock's fast-food gluttony in Super Size Me, two environmental activists from Canada devised their own experiment. Instead of fast food, Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie absorbed themselves in everyday products like shampoos, soaps and cleaners to find out what kind of damage might be done to their health. More at NPR.org

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