Slow death by rubber duck : the secret danger of everyday things / Rick Smith, Bruce Lourie with Sarah Dopp.

  • Smith, Rick, 1968-
[2009], ©2009
  • Books

About this work


This book--the testimony of the authors' experience--exposes 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.


Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint, [2009], ©2009.

Physical description

xvii, 328 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


Pollution then and now -- Rubber duck wars (in which Rick questions toxic toys) -- The world's slipperiest substance (in which Bruce travels to Teflon Town) -- The new PCBs (in which Rick fans the flame-retardant fire) -- Quicksilver, slow death (in which Bruce eats much tuna) -- Germaphobia (in which Rick goes antibacterial) -- Risky business: 2,4 - D and the sound of science (in which Bruce ponders pervasive pesticides) -- Mothers know best (in which Rick drinks from a baby bottle) -- Detox.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references (p. 276-280) and index.


Where to find it

  • LocationStatus
    Medical Collection
    WA670 2009S65s
    Open shelves

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