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Slow Death by Rubber Duck

22 Nov 2010 3:01 PM - The toxins in our daily routines....
Slow Death by Rubber Duck

I have recently finished reading this book: Slow Death by Rubber Duck (How the Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Life affects our Health) by Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie. 

If you are interested in understanding more about the impact of chemicals, plastics and heavy metals such as mercury on your health or that of your children then this is a very good read.  It's fairly easy to understand and gives a good insight into the history and development of many man-made products and how they have infiltrated our lives potentially to the detriment of our health.  

There is also useful information on how to eliminate or avoid these potential toxins.  Things like avoiding products with artificial fragrances, avoiding the use of non-stick frypans, looking for products that are free of nano-particles, avoiding pesticides, only using plastics with recycle numbers of 1,2, 4 or 5 and much more. 

I think it is especially important to be mindful of these manufactured products and materials if you have (or are planning) a family, as young children are likely to be more susceptible to toxicity and its effects.  But also as adults, exposure to environmental toxins can produce a wide variety of health concerns and symptoms such as fatigue, rashes, digestive problems, mood disorders, reproductive problems and more. 

If you are concerned that your health is affected in this way, I would encourage you to see a qualified naturopath or integrative medicine specialist for an assessment and treatment before it gets worse. 

For more information about the book you can visit the website for the book.
 

In good health,

 

Kaye Wright
Naturopath
Melbourne CBD


P.S. I've written more about environmental toxins and your health in a more recent blog.

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