In the investigative tradition of Michael Moore ( Fahrenheit 9/11 ) and Morgan Spurlock ( Super Size Me ) comes a book that will change the way you look at everything around you.
'Why don't we experiment on ourselves?' What began as a joke became a two-year megaproject ...
We set only one ironclad rule: our efforts had to mimic real life ...' Pollution is no longer just about belching smokestacks and ugly sewer pipes - now, it's personal.
When Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie decided to tell the story of pollution in our modern world by using their own bodies as laboratories, they could not have known what they were about to discover. They ingested and inhaled a host of things that surround all of us all the time, from mercury-laden tuna to flame-retardant chemicals in clothes and furniture, to toxins in plastics, shampoos and deodorants.
Slow Death by Rubber Duck exposes the extent to which we are being poisoned every day of our lives, both in our homes and our workplaces. It tells the shocking story of corporate giants who manufacture these toxins, the government officials who let it happen and the effects on people across the globe.
Funny, thought-provoking and disturbing, Slow Death by Rubber Duck offers solutions for how we might be healthier, safer and more aware.
In The Press
This is SuperSize Me going chemical. Using their own bodies as laboratories, the authors ingested and inhaled their way to understanding what is really going on in the chemical soup in which we all live.
“In the self-sacrificing spirit of Super Size Me creator Morgan
Spurlock, environmental scientists Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie have
subjected their bodies to some of the most harmful, yet common,
chemicals found in everyday products...The results walk the strange
line between hilarious and alarming...Slow Death by Rubber Duck isn't
deiberately feer mongering, unlike so many other books of this genre -
it's timely, disturbing and an unexpectedly entertaining gyide to what
doesn't belong in our bodies.”
“Benjamin Franklin's assertion that nothing is certain except death and taxes was probably perfectly applicable in his day, but the Industrial Revolution has now advanced to the stage where some sort of
formulation like "and having any number of toxins in your body" should be added. At least, this is the impression one is left with after putting down this account by Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie…a useful book indeed”
“The results [of Slow Death by Rubber Duck] were comparable to Supersize Me - only invisible and far more harmful. After reading this book you will want to eliminate most plastics, scented body products and Teflon from your home.”
Melbourne Sunday Age
“In the DIY tradition of Super Size Me, this duo used their bodies to test the effects of the household toxins we ingest through our skin, lungs and in our food. Shampoo, deodorants, air fresheners, toothpaste, flame retardants, the effects are compound and insidious. Only an ostrich could remain sanguine in the face of such a persuasive alarm.”
“The wonderfully titled Slow Deathby Rubber Duck by Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie is a sobering, enlightening and entertaining wake-up call by two Canadian authors and environmentalists who want to redefine the concept of pollution.”
Queensland Sunday Mail and Sunday Telegraph
“Easy-to-read but deeply disturbing.”
“Funny, thought-provoking and disturbing, Slow Death by Rubber Duck offers solutions for how we might be healthier, safer and more aware.”
Adelaide Hills Weekender
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: November 2009
Publisher: University of Queensland Press
Dimensions (cm): 22.3 x 15.4 x 2.400
Weight (kg): 0.42