Slow Death By Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things
With a deep breath, I opened the pages, aware that toxic chemicals surround me, but just how harmful some of the things are that I use on a daily basis. As I read this book, I realized there are simply some things I really would rather not know. Still, I kept reading.
My children have participated in plenty of Science Fairs, three times they have advanced to District. We’ve covered “How to Clean and Oil Spill”, “What Makes the Longest Lasting Bubbles?”, “How Keen is a Shark’s Smell?”, “Best Laundry Detergent” and more. Slow Death by Rubber Duck is an adult science fair project using items we use every day!
“My levels increased over eight times,” he says. “You can only imagine what the levels in an infant would look like if after two or three years of their sole source of nutrition being a BPA baby bottle. Their levels would just be through the roof.”
Slow Death by Rubber Duck is centered around seven chemicals that are our most common exposures:
1.) radium – x-ray exposure
2.) mercury – certain seafood
3.) PFCs – Teflon. An ingredient used in coating some cooking pans, some cosmetics, some clothing
4.) phthalates and triclosan – the aroma added to certain shampoos and conditioners, antibacterials soaps, and personal care products. Some of the brand names will leave you with your jaw wide open.
5.)PCBs – flame retardants used to treat many children’s pajamas
6.) BPAs (plastics, perfluorochemicals)–think plastics and baby bottles.
7.) DDT – pesticides
The authors do an amazing job of telling a story while providing facts and information that will give you a greater understanding of the chemical dangers that are all around us. So many of the products used are easy to eliminate and many alternatives for replacement.
Another great part about this book is the Quick Reference Guide which outlines what we can do to remove hazardous products from our use.
This book is an interesting read that kept my attention. I recommend it. It will open your eyes and motivate you to clean out cabinets!