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Slow Death By Rubber Duck: Smith and Lourie on Everyday Products

Updated on February 10, 2018
Smith and Lourie Report on Everyday Products
Smith and Lourie Report on Everyday Products | Source

Suspicious Minds Bravely Checked to Out Products

Consumers can find important information about harmful products in the resource book Slow Death By Rubber Duck: The Secret Dangers of Everyday Things authors Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie researched in quite a personal manner. Do you need to listen to your rubber duck?

Who's Responsible for Toxins in Everyday Products?

Through a willingness to turn themselves into guinea pigs Smith and Lourie have documented their findings and proven some of the effects of harmful chemicals used in the production of everyday products for everyday Americans.

I am grateful for the information that Slow Death By Rubber Duck provides but there is one issue I could have with the authors. Their main hope may be that the government will step in with new regulations and prevent companies from using these chemicals in products.

It’s not that I think this is wrong--not at all. The government should do its part to help people and it may be that in certain cases government intervention is the best first step to put a stop to something that has gotten way out of hand.

It’s just that once people have the information they need about being in harm's way, they themselves will take action to make sure they do not purchase harmful products, thereby destroying a company’s desire to make dangerous merchandise for store shelves.

Consumers would motivate companies to do the right thing when manufacturing goods by withholding their dollars from the companies that fail to safeguard customers and by granting their dollars to companies that do so. The government's best help could be setting guidelines and actively letting the public know which companies are not following the rules.

It would be amazing to see the government take a proactive role and state to the American public that certain products have certain chemicals that are harmful to children, adults, and pets, then name the products, chemicals, and companies so people will have the information they need to take action with their dollars.

Duckie Is My Friend?
Duckie Is My Friend? | Source

Let the public respond and the problem will be solved. Our government’s role really could be to provide information and let the people act on it rather than to treat people as if they are incapable of making responsible decisions by increasing legislation.

Granted, there are problems with this plan, but the truth is, there are problems with every plan. Allowing people to take responsibility by gathering information then disseminating information that all citizens need is any government’s best work for those they are supposed to serve.

A government that respects its citizens and will not try to take over every aspect of their lives as if people are not capable of smart choices or, as if in anyone’s lifetime, the government has problem-proof plans is a government that can be depended on.

Hear from Smith and Lourie, Authors of Slow Death by Rubber Duck

Find Toxin Information for Everyday Products in Slow Death by Rubber Duck:

Of course, the above is a side issue to the good information this book provides. Two reports on their research and the resulting publication can be found here and here.

I hope the authors received government funding for their studies. This is one time that the recipients would definitely deserve their funds--I won’t get started on that now. I’ll save the grant rant for another hub.

For now, check with Slow Death By Rubber Duck (by two brave authors with now questionable chemistry, Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie) to find out about the chemicals we consume and abosrb.

These guys have done what our government should be doing if our government is going to get involved in the matter, that is they have provided the latest info we need on food, toys, containers and more, and they've put it together in one fact-filled source.

Smith and Lourie's Slow Death By Rubber Duck should be a household staple in this day and time.

Be an Influential Player for What's Positive, not a Rubber Duck!

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  • Peggy W profile image

    Peggy Woods 

    11 months ago from Houston, Texas

    This definitely sounds like an interesting book to read. I noticed that the first comments were 7 years ago. I wonder how many of the toxic chemicals they might have mentioned are still in use today?

    When given proper information people can truly affect changes depending upon how they choose to spend their money. Most companies will adjust their marketing of products if people demand safer products. It is the power of the purse so to speak. After all, companies are in business to make money. They pay most attention to the bottom line.

    Regulations are necessary in cases where toxic substances are spewed into our air, land and water supplies. Their job is to monitor major things like that...not tell us what kind of light bulbs we must purchase.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from the short journey

    Indeed, good government respects its people and does not over regulate. Your input is always appreciated -- thanks Petra.

  • Petra Vlah profile image

    Petra Vlah 

    8 years ago from Los Angeles

    Most of the time, when valid information is available, people is perfectly capable of making choices.

    The problem is that too often “high drama” is created and manipulated by competitors and government alike; the bottom line for companies is to make money. Regulations are good, over regulating is not.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from the short journey

    Exactly--too many surely do. If only they understood history!

    Thanks much for stopping by and helping keep the book highlighted by leaving a comment.

  • yocoleman profile image


    8 years ago from Ohio

    "Our government’s role can be to provide information and let the people act on it rather than to treat people as if they are incapable of making responsible decisions by increasing legislation."

    Exactly. Unfortunately, too many people prefer a nanny state where the government handles everything, so they don't have to.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from the short journey

    Thanks for stopping in and leaving a comment because it helps keep the book highlighted. Thanks, too, for mentioning the book on natural cures. I will look to see if you have a hub on it.

  • lctodd1947 profile image


    8 years ago from USA

    Good information and not only the products but the lobbying in Washington of the Pharmaceutical Companies has caused medicines to be approved that were not necessarily proven safe. This was in a book: "Natural Cures, They Don't Want You to Know." It is really scary what goes on in Washington with the lobbying...

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from the short journey

    Thanks bunches for stopping by and leaving a comment to help keep the issues the book addresses highlighted!

  • heymcs profile image


    8 years ago from Utah and DC

    Wow, who knew? I will definitely read Death by Rubber Duck and start detoxing my home. You are right, knowledge is power - we should all pass this on.


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