An interview with the authors of the book, Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things.

by Nick

Interesting interview in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. The authors of Slow Death by Rubber Duck are doing a book signing in Seattle, so Midge Raymond decided to conduct a quick interview.

For those who don’t know about this book, it is written by a pair of Canadian environmentalists who experimented on themselves by exposing themselves to various toxic chemicals simply by using everyday items from their own homes. The difference between them and us is that they had their blood and urine tested on an almost daily basis.

It is a fascinating and disturbing book.

Here is an excerpt from the Post-Intelligencer interview:

"The scale and the speed of the increases in toxic chemical levels that we observed after doing the most mundane things. After eating a few meals of tuna, Bruce's levels of mercury increased by 2.5 times. After using certain common brand-name shampoos, soaps, and shaving products, Rick's levels of phthalates (a potent hormone-disrupting chemical) increased by 22 times. And after using a few common anti-bacterial soaps, anti-perspirants, and toothpaste, Rick's levels of triclosan (another hormone-disrupting chemical) increased by a mind-blowing 2,900 times. All of these huge increases occurred over the course of only 2-3 days."

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