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784 Death by Rubber Duck (Archive)

Many of the products we use every day, from non-stick frying pans to plastic toys like rubber ducks, expose us to chemicals. How safe are they? Phthalates and BPA are endocrine disruptors. Do we get enough in day-to-day life to make a difference?
Two Canadian environmentalists decided to find out. They ran the experiment on themselves, and what they discovered is disconcerting.
Guests: Rick Smith, PhD, is executive director of Environmental Defense. He’s one of Canada’s leading environmentalists and has a doctorate in biology from the University of Guelph.
Bruce Lourie started one of Canada’s largest environmental consultancies. He is president of the Ivey Foundation.
Their book is Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things. The website is toxintoxout.ca
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About the Author
Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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