Slow Death by Rubber Duck

How the Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Life Affects Our Health

Author: Rick Smith,Bruce Lourie

Publisher: Vintage Canada

ISBN: 0307374017

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 352

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Funny, thought-provoking, and incredibly disturbing, Slow Death by Rubber Duck reveals that just the living of daily life creates a chemical soup inside each of us. Pollution is no longer just about belching smokestacks and ugly sewer pipes - now, it's personal. The most dangerous pollution has always come from commonplace items in our homes and workplaces. Smith and Lourie ingested and inhaled a host of things that surround all of us all the time. This book exposes the extent to which we are poisoned every day of our lives. For this book, over the period of a week - the kind of week that would be familiar to most people - the authors use their own bodies as the reference point and tell the story of pollution in our modern world, 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. Parents and concerned citizens will have to read this book. Key concerns raised in Slow Death by Rubber Duck: • Flame-retardant chemicals from electronics and household dust polluting our blood. • Toxins in our urine caused by leaching from plastics and run-of-the-mill shampoos, toothpastes and deodorant. • Mercury in our blood from eating tuna. • The chemicals that build up in our body when carpets and upholstery off-gas. Ultimately hopeful, the book empowers readers with some simple ideas for protecting themselves and their families, and changing things for the better. From the Hardcover edition.
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Toxin Toxout

Author: Bruce Lourie,Rick Smith

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1250051339

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 304

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After conducting outrageous experiments and investigating a vast array of topics, two of Canada's leading environmental activists, aka the Rubber Duck boys, offer practical and often surprising advice for removing toxic chemicals from our bodies and home. 25,000 first printing.
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A Poison Stronger Than Love

The Destruction of an Ojibwa Community

Author: Anastasia M. Shkilnyk

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300033250

Category: Social Science

Page: 275

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Discusses the Ojibwas reserve with a poisoned water supply
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AARP Clean, Green, and Lean

Get Rid of the Toxins That Make You Fat

Author: Walter Crinnion

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118242432

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 304

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AARP Digital Editions offer you practical tips, proven solutions, and expert guidance. In Clean, Green, and Lean, a renowned naturopathic doctor shows you how to get lean and be green while helping to save the planet. Now you can lose weight and be good to the environment, too—without starvation diets, calorie counting, complicated meal plans, or even having to exercise. Dr. Walter Crinnion, a naturopathic doctor and environmental medicine physician, shows you how to clean up your diet and clear out your body and home to eliminate unwanted pounds and toxins from your life. You'll be able to get rid of nagging health problems such as allergies and fatigue and enjoy greater energy and a greener planet. Clean, Green, and Lean: Shares an effective program to shed pounds and stay healthy by getting rid of toxins in your body and your life in just four weeks Combines losing weight with being good to the environment Can help reduce aches and pains, depression, and other health problems Is written by one of the country's foremost authorities on environmental medicine who has appeared on The View and other programs If you're serious about losing weight and safeguarding your health, follow the expert advice of Dr. Crinnion and start getting clean, green, and lean today.
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Not Just a Pretty Face

The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry

Author: Stacy Malkan

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 0865715742

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 192

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Lead in lipstick? 1,4 dioxane in baby soap? Coal tar in shampoo? How is this possible? Simple. The $35 billion cosmetics industry is so powerful that they've kept themselves unregulated for decades. Not one cosmetic product has to be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration before hitting the market. Incredible? Consider this: The European Union has banned more than 1,100 chemicals from cosmetics. The United States has banned just 10. Only 11% of chemicals used in cosmetics in the US have been assessed for health and safety - leaving a staggering 89% with unknown or undisclosed effects. More than 70% of all personal care products may contain phthalates, which are linked to birth defects and infertility. Many baby soaps are contaminated with the cancer-causing chemical 1,4 dioxane. It's not just women who are affected by this chemists' brew. Shampoo, deodorant, face lotion and other products used daily by men, women and children contain hazardous chemicals that the industry claims are "within acceptable limits." But there's nothing acceptable about daily multiple exposures to carcinogenic chemicals -- from products that are supposed to make us feel healthy and beautiful. Not Just a Pretty Face delves deeply into the dark side of the beauty industry, and looks to hopeful solutions for a healthier future. This scathing investigation peels away less-than-lovely layers to expose an industry in dire need of an extreme makeover. 15 percent of the purchase price of each book sold benefits the national Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, administered by the Breast Cancer Fund, through December 31, 2012.
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Wild Health

Lessons in Natural Wellness from the Animal Kingdom

Author: Cindy Engel

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780618340682

Category: Science

Page: 288

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A fascinating foray into zoopharmacognosy, the newest field in biology, reveals the many ways that animals medicate themselves by eating and using the right plants and foods to promote health and fertility, from the desert tortoise that travels miles to mine the calcium needed to keep its shell strong, to the mammals that rub citrus oils and odoriferous resins into their coats as insecticides and antiseptics against insect bites. Reprint.
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Old Age

A Beginner's Guide

Author: Michael Kinsley

Publisher: Tim Duggan Books

ISBN: 1101903775

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 160

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Vanity Fair columnist Michael Kinsley escorts his fellow Boomers through the door marked "Exit." The notorious baby boomers—the largest age cohort in history—are approaching the end and starting to plan their final moves in the game of life. Now they are asking: What was that all about? Was it about acquiring things or changing the world? Was it about keeping all your marbles? Or is the only thing that counts after you’re gone the reputation you leave behind? In this series of essays, Michael Kinsley uses his own battle with Parkinson’s disease to unearth answers to questions we are all at some time forced to confront. “Sometimes,” he writes, “I feel like a scout from my generation, sent out ahead to experience in my fifties what even the healthiest Boomers are going to experience in their sixties, seventies, or eighties.” This surprisingly cheerful book is at once a fresh assessment of a generation and a frequently funny account of one man’s journey toward the finish line. “The least misfortune can do to make up for itself is to be interesting,” he writes. “Parkinson’s disease has fulfilled that obligation.” — New York Times Gift Guide — TIME Magazine "Best Books of 2016 So Far" selection
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Death by Food Pyramid

Author: Denise Minger

Publisher: Primal Nutrition

ISBN: 9780984755127

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 292

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Argues against the implementation of the USDA food guide pyramid and the study that inspired it.
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Toxic Cocktail

How Chemical Pollution Is Poisoning Our Brains

Author: Barbara Demeneix

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190260955

Category: Psychology

Page: 240

View: 9357

In today's world, everyone carries a toxic load of dozens of industrially produced chemicals in their bloodstream. Not only do these adversely affect the health of adults and children, but also, and more worryingly, they damage the development of unborn infants. The amniotic fluid of pregnant women has been found to contain a variety of chemicals, such as pesticides, plasticizers, disinfectant products, flame-retardants, surfactants and UV filters, many of which interfere with fetal physiology, especially thyroid hormone action. Thyroid hormone is vital for brain development, particularly for the fetus during pregnancy and for toddlers. In fact, children born to women who lack this thyroid hormone (or who are unwittingly exposed to thyroid-disrupting chemicals) have lower IQs and more neurodevelopmental problems. Evolution of the human brain has involved multiple changes and processes dependent on thyroid hormone. The urgent question thus arises: Is chemical pollution poisoning brain development and reversing evolution's most outstanding achievement: the human brain? And if so, as this book convincingly illuminates, what can be done about it both collectively and individually? Toxic Cocktail provides a clear view of how many environmental chemicals interfere with brain development. As a result, this book looks at how we define and test IQ, the evidence for IQ loss, and how chemical pollution and thyroid hormone disruption can be actors in this process, as well as increasing neurodevelopmental disease risk.
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Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History

Author: Florence Williams

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393083861

Category: Science

Page: 352

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A 2012 New York Times Notable Book A 2013 Los Angeles Times Book Award Winner in the Science & Technology category An engaging narrative about an incredible, life-giving organ and its imperiled modern fate. Did you know that breast milk contains substances similar to cannabis? Or that it’s sold on the Internet for 262 times the price of oil? Feted and fetishized, the breast is an evolutionary masterpiece. But in the modern world, the breast is changing. Breasts are getting bigger, arriving earlier, and attracting newfangled chemicals. Increasingly, the odds are stacked against us in the struggle with breast cancer, even among men. What makes breasts so mercurial—and so vulnerable? In this informative and highly entertaining account, intrepid science reporter Florence Williams sets out to uncover the latest scientific findings from the fields of anthropology, biology, and medicine. Her investigation follows the life cycle of the breast from puberty to pregnancy to menopause, taking her from a plastic surgeon’s office where she learns about the importance of cup size in Texas to the laboratory where she discovers the presence of environmental toxins in her own breast milk. The result is a fascinating exploration of where breasts came from, where they have ended up, and what we can do to save them.
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The Body Toxic

How the Hazardous Chemistry of Everyday Things Threatens Our Health and Well-being

Author: Nena Baker

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780865477070

Category: Medical

Page: 277

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Links everyday products to illness-causing chemical buildups in the body, exploring the roles of manufacturing breakthroughs, political policies, and popular culture in exposing people to chemical hazards, in a report that also makes recommendations for how to address key concerns.
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Suicide by Sugar

A Startling Look at Our #1 National Addiction

Author: Nancy Appleton,G. N. Jacobs

Publisher: Square One Pub

ISBN: 9780757003066

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 180

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Links a range of health disorders, from dementia and hypoglycaemia to obesity and cancer, to our growing addiction to sugar and presents a sound diet plan that leads the way to good health.
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Swindled

The Dark History of Food Fraud, from Poisoned Candy to Counterfeit Coffee

Author: Bee Wilson

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691138206

Category: Cooking

Page: 384

View: 6282

The author of The Hive: The Story of the Honeybee and Us uncovers the many ways in which swindlers have cheapened, falsified, tampered with, and even poisoned food throughout history, in a study that calls for both governments and individuals to be more vigilant.
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Poison Spring

The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA

Author: E.G. Vallianatos,McKay Jenkins

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1608199258

Category: Nature

Page: 304

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Imagine walking into a restaurant and finding chlorinated hydrocarbon pesticides, or neonicotinoid insecticides listed in the description of your entree. They may not be printed in the menu, but many are in your food. These are a few of the literally millions of pounds of approved synthetic substances dumped into the environment every day, not just in the US but around the world. They seep into our water supply, are carried thousands of miles by wind and rain from the site of application, remain potent long after they are deposited, and constitute, in the words of one scientist, "biologic death bombs with a delayed time fuse and which may prove to be, in the long run, as dangerous to the existence of mankind as the arsenal of atom bombs.†? All of these poisons are sanctioned--or in some cases, ignored--by the EPA. For twenty-five years E.G. Vallianatos saw the EPA from the inside, with rising dismay over how pressure from politicians and threats from huge corporations were turning the it from the public's watchdog into a "polluter's protection agency." Based on his own experience, the testimony of colleagues, and hundreds of documents Vallianatos collected inside the EPA, Poison Spring reveals how the agency has continually reinforced the chemical-industrial complex. Writing with acclaimed environmental journalist McKay Jenkins, E.G. Vallianatos provides a devastating exposé of how the agency created to protect Americans and our environment has betrayed its mission. Half a century after after Rachel Carson's Silent Spring awakened us to the dangers of pesticides, we are poisoning our lands and waters with more toxic chemicals than ever.
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Pandora's Lunchbox

How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal

Author: Melanie Warner

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451666748

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 267

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Originally published: New York: Scribner, c2013.
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There is Lead in Your Lipstick

Author: Gillian Deacon

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780143172505

Category: Consumer education

Page: 338

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By the time she heads out the front door, the modern woman has spritzed, sudsed, and slathered herself in more than 127 different chemicals, many of them more toxic than beautifying. So how can you look and feel great while safeguarding your health? Get smart and go green from head to toe with the help of eco-expert Gillian Deacon. In The Green Body Guide, you'll learn how to read the ingredients to identify and understand the preservatives that are bad for your body and damaging to the earth, including formaldehyde in deodorant, nail polish, soap, shampoo, and shaving cream; coal tar in hair dyes; lead in lipstick; and many more. This is an indispensable handbook of personal-care choices that are sustainable, both for your health and for the earth.
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The Old Woman Who Named Things

Author: Cynthia Rylant

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547543018

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

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How does an old woman who has outlived all her friends keep from being lonely? By naming the things in her life she knows she will never outlive--like her house, Franklin, and her bed, Roxanne. When a shy brown puppy appears at her front gate, the old woman won’t name it, because it might not outlive her. Tender watercolors capture the charm of this heartwarming story of an old woman who doesn’t know she’s lonely until she meets a plucky puppy who needs a name--and someone to love. “Rylant and Brown together create with affection and lovingly humorous touches a glimpse of old age lived with relish.”--Booklist
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Paleo Fitness

A Primal Training and Nutrition Program to Get Lean, Strong and Healthy

Author: Brett Stewart,Darryl Edwards,Jason Warner

Publisher: Ulysses Press

ISBN: 1612432077

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 144

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The Glass Castle

A Memoir

Author: Jeannette Walls

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439156964

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

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The child of an alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother discusses her family's nomadic upbringing, during which she and her siblings fended for themselves while their parents outmaneuvered bill collectors and the authorities.
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Garbology

Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash

Author: Edward Humes

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1583335234

Category: Nature

Page: 325

View: 4899

The author identifies trash as America's largest export, discussing how the nation reached current garbage levels while explaining what families, communities, and countries are doing to reverse waste trends.
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