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How do I get this stuff out of me? Bruce Lourie and Rick Smith, two of North America's environmental leaders, have been asked this question on an almost daily basis since the publication of their runaway international bestseller, Slow Death by Rubber Duck: How the Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Life Affects our Health. Their answer? It's not as simple as we'd like, How do I get this stuff out of me? Bruce Lourie and Rick Smith, two of North America's environmental leaders, have been asked this question on an almost daily basis since the publication of their runaway international bestseller, Slow Death by Rubber Duck: How the Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Life Affects our Health. Their answer? It's not as simple as we'd like, and it's not as easy as we'd hope. But it's too important to ignore. In Toxin Toxout, Lourie and Smith give practical and often surprising advice for removing toxic chemicals from our bodies and homes. There are over 80,000 synthetic chemicals in commerce today, and the authors use their outrageous experiments (they and their brave volunteers are the guinea pigs) to prove how easily our bodies absorb these chemicals. With trademark humor, they give us the good news about what is in our control, the steps we can take to help our bodies remove our toxic burden -- and what we can do to avoid it in the first place. Furthermore, Lourie and Smith investigate the truth behind organic foods, which detox methods actually work, if indoor air quality is improving, how we dispose of waste (where do those chemicals go?), and the ins and outs of a greener economy. The result is nothing short of a prescription for a healthier life.


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How do I get this stuff out of me? Bruce Lourie and Rick Smith, two of North America's environmental leaders, have been asked this question on an almost daily basis since the publication of their runaway international bestseller, Slow Death by Rubber Duck: How the Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Life Affects our Health. Their answer? It's not as simple as we'd like, How do I get this stuff out of me? Bruce Lourie and Rick Smith, two of North America's environmental leaders, have been asked this question on an almost daily basis since the publication of their runaway international bestseller, Slow Death by Rubber Duck: How the Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Life Affects our Health. Their answer? It's not as simple as we'd like, and it's not as easy as we'd hope. But it's too important to ignore. In Toxin Toxout, Lourie and Smith give practical and often surprising advice for removing toxic chemicals from our bodies and homes. There are over 80,000 synthetic chemicals in commerce today, and the authors use their outrageous experiments (they and their brave volunteers are the guinea pigs) to prove how easily our bodies absorb these chemicals. With trademark humor, they give us the good news about what is in our control, the steps we can take to help our bodies remove our toxic burden -- and what we can do to avoid it in the first place. Furthermore, Lourie and Smith investigate the truth behind organic foods, which detox methods actually work, if indoor air quality is improving, how we dispose of waste (where do those chemicals go?), and the ins and outs of a greener economy. The result is nothing short of a prescription for a healthier life.

30 review for Toxin Toxout: Getting Harmful Chemicals Out of Our Bodies and Our World

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tori Miller

    Toxin Toxout Top 10 1. Use natural personal care products that don't contain chemicals like phthalates or parabens 2. Eat more organic food to avoid pesticides 3. Drink the water from your tap and lots of it 4. Use natural fibres and green products like low-VOC paints in your home and avoid products that might off-gas 5. Eat more vegetables and less meat to avoid toxin grabbing animal fat 6. Sweat more - toxic chemicals like BPA and phthalates leave your body through sweat 7. Exercise (fat holds toxins Toxin Toxout Top 10 1. Use natural personal care products that don't contain chemicals like phthalates or parabens 2. Eat more organic food to avoid pesticides 3. Drink the water from your tap and lots of it 4. Use natural fibres and green products like low-VOC paints in your home and avoid products that might off-gas 5. Eat more vegetables and less meat to avoid toxin grabbing animal fat 6. Sweat more - toxic chemicals like BPA and phthalates leave your body through sweat 7. Exercise (fat holds toxins) 8. Avoid wacky quick-fix detoxs and optimize your body's natural detox mechanisms by adopting a detox lifestyle 9. Buy less. Buy green. 10. Support politicians who believe in a greener economy and organizations that work for cleaner environments.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tara

    I skimmed a lot of this, but much was truly valuable. My family went through all their personal care products and weeded out the dirty ones. I even switched shampoos. Had no idea of the damage some of the ingredients can do. Depressing though, to see how our environment, and thus our bodies, are being literally poisoned. I hope we can learn from Europe and start doing a better job of cleaning up our food, plastics, etc.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Coleman

    I read this book after hearing the authors being interviewed on NPR. This is a follow-up to their bestseller, 'Slow Death by Rubber Duck,' which I actually hadn't heard of, but you've got to love a couple of guys who come up with a title like that. Lourie and Smith are Canadian environmentalists whose writing is simultaneously witty and deeply serious. 'Toxin, Toxout' is in some ways a deeply depressing read, as it catalogues the hundreds of toxic substances that are in our bodies and basically I read this book after hearing the authors being interviewed on NPR. This is a follow-up to their bestseller, 'Slow Death by Rubber Duck,' which I actually hadn't heard of, but you've got to love a couple of guys who come up with a title like that. Lourie and Smith are Canadian environmentalists whose writing is simultaneously witty and deeply serious. 'Toxin, Toxout' is in some ways a deeply depressing read, as it catalogues the hundreds of toxic substances that are in our bodies and basically says that we'll never be completely free of them: thanks to our myriad industrial processes, they will always be in our household dust and floating around in the environment. To prove this, Lourie and Smith embark on some interesting experiments, for example one of them spends 8 hours in a brand new outgassing Chevy Tahoe in a hot garage, measuring the toxins in his urine before and after the experiment. (As you'd expect, there is a significant spike.) The (small) silver lining to all this is that people are slowly becoming more aware of the problems and putting pressure on governments and multinationals to do something about them. In the meantime, there are things we can all do to reduce our toxic load. I had already put some of these measures in place, for example switching to cosmetics and toiletries free of parabens and phthalates, and buying mostly organic produce (especially for the dirty dozen, including strawberries and apples). After reading the book, I have made a couple of other switches, for example cooking on cast iron instead of Teflon-coated pans, and avoiding bottled water whenever possible. It can be expensive and challenging to do all this stuff, but if you care about your body, the environment and your kids' futures, you need to do it. Take action, and spread the word--we CAN all make a difference.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    if you are already a pretty informed environmentally minded person--there won't be much new here, except maybe a few studies that really do show what we put in and on our bodies does in fact get into our bloodstream and urine. by simply switching to organic and to safe personal care products you can make a big difference in the amount of chemicals you are exposed to. his top 10 for getting toxins out include very doable things. and i really appreciated their going full circle on what a consuming if you are already a pretty informed environmentally minded person--there won't be much new here, except maybe a few studies that really do show what we put in and on our bodies does in fact get into our bloodstream and urine. by simply switching to organic and to safe personal care products you can make a big difference in the amount of chemicals you are exposed to. his top 10 for getting toxins out include very doable things. and i really appreciated their going full circle on what a consuming culture we are and the impact that is having on the earth--which in turn cycles back to us.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rose

    In a nutshell: use natural personal- care products ( organic & chemical free), eat more organic foods to avoid pesticides, drink lots of filtered tap water, use natural fibers & green products, eat more veggies, sweat more. Exercise, avoid wacky detox quick- fixes, & buy less so less goes into our landfills. Definitely an interesting and at times disturbing read but it gives some good, very doable things to improve your quality of life. In a nutshell: use natural personal- care products ( organic & chemical free), eat more organic foods to avoid pesticides, drink lots of filtered tap water, use natural fibers & green products, eat more veggies, sweat more. Exercise, avoid wacky detox quick- fixes, & buy less so less goes into our landfills. Definitely an interesting and at times disturbing read but it gives some good, very doable things to improve your quality of life.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Read this upon my 16 year d daughters recommendation. Much of the authors points were well documented with scientific literature. Then about a hundred pages in we meet Peter who believes mercury in vaccines and EMFs are causing his and his small children's health problems. Nothing in these pages is footnoted - it's just Peter's anecdotal tale. The authors fail to point out that mercury was removed from children's vaccines in 2001 -- though this book was published in 2013 -- and presumably peters Read this upon my 16 year d daughters recommendation. Much of the authors points were well documented with scientific literature. Then about a hundred pages in we meet Peter who believes mercury in vaccines and EMFs are causing his and his small children's health problems. Nothing in these pages is footnoted - it's just Peter's anecdotal tale. The authors fail to point out that mercury was removed from children's vaccines in 2001 -- though this book was published in 2013 -- and presumably peters 3 and 5 year old were born well after that time. It's sloppy work like this that has caused so much damage with kids and vaccines. I stopped reading at that point, having completely lost faith in the authors ability to accurately relate facts.

  7. 5 out of 5

    kathleen

    gives some rules of thumb for personal practices, might be a helpful starting point, but lacks political awareness (e.g. is aware that those closest to the production sites of various goods have higher exposure to toxins; doesn't comment on the fact that this affects certain populations disproportionately). lots of gushing over the success of green industries. eventually sort of gets around to criticizing the ways we produce as a society. still found it a good jumping off point for research

  8. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    Wow, so many stats and chemical names. Each chapter picks a topic and digs into studies around it and maybe a personal experiment from the authors. Then at the end of each chapter some things you can do to eliminate the particular toxins. I felt like they were trying to prove to me that all these bad things exist, but if someone has gone to the trouble to get this book, they are already on board.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I was really expecting more info about detox methods, but they only discussed chelation and sauna, and said you can't really measure how well they work anyway. The rest of the book was just about avoiding products with harmful chemicals, which really didn't require an entire book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    this book was super interesting! I think the title is a little misleading. the only real take away I got in terms of how to get toxic chemicals out of my body and life was to avoid them in the first place.

  11. 5 out of 5

    शिखा

    Beautiful book. A real eye opener. Recommend it to anyone who is committed to better living and cleaner environment.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Charissa

    A good companion to Slow Death by Rubber Duck - a little more hopeful too!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Abner Rosenweig

    More and more people are coming down with strange disorders or are becoming fatally ill, and they're wondering why. It's really no mystery. The regulatory system in the United States has collapsed. Corporate capitalism is ravaging the global environment and generating toxic waste at vastly accelerating rates. Our psychopathic, toxic economy is literally killing us. This is all kind of glossed over in Lourie and Smith's Toxin Toxout. They avoid radical calls for change, opting instead to be a fri More and more people are coming down with strange disorders or are becoming fatally ill, and they're wondering why. It's really no mystery. The regulatory system in the United States has collapsed. Corporate capitalism is ravaging the global environment and generating toxic waste at vastly accelerating rates. Our psychopathic, toxic economy is literally killing us. This is all kind of glossed over in Lourie and Smith's Toxin Toxout. They avoid radical calls for change, opting instead to be a friendly, Apollonian voice of reason amid the chaos. Though the book is sometimes a bit too indulgent in its flirtation with narrative non-fiction--the topic is serious and I am looking for facts, not a leisurely beach read--it does do an excellent job in summarizing how toxic chemicals are leaking into all aspects of our daily life, and how we urgently need to do something about it. Some helpful tips are mentioned. It's tragic: to live a healthy life these days requires serious commitment and research. Lourie and Smith provide a basic blueprint and perspective for living a healthier life, but the unspoken tragedy--save for a few economic ideas slipped in at the end--is that our entire way of life is toxic and unsustainable. By living in our toxic economy, we're all rolling the dice with our health so that a few major corporations can become super-rich. Will the personal and policy recommendations suggested in the book really fix the problem, or do we require more fundamental change to really detox the system?

  14. 5 out of 5

    Louise

    This is the anticipated follow up to the authors' Slow Death by Rubber Duck, a book I enjoyed enormously, if enjoyment is the proper adjective to attribute to a book that sheds a harsh and honest light on the extent to which human bodies are exposed to toxic chemicals on a daily basis. While Slow Death focused on the types of toxic chemicals that we consume, and how we do so, Toxin Toxout looks at different means by which (a) we can help reduce or eliminate the toxic chemicals we have consumed a This is the anticipated follow up to the authors' Slow Death by Rubber Duck, a book I enjoyed enormously, if enjoyment is the proper adjective to attribute to a book that sheds a harsh and honest light on the extent to which human bodies are exposed to toxic chemicals on a daily basis. While Slow Death focused on the types of toxic chemicals that we consume, and how we do so, Toxin Toxout looks at different means by which (a) we can help reduce or eliminate the toxic chemicals we have consumed already, and (b) we can avoid consuming these toxic chemicals in the first place. As always, Lourie and Smith base their observations and recommendations on scientific evidence. Of particular interest is the chapter that provides an analysis of the popular and ubiquitous cleansing diets that have flooded the market, and show the dearth of scientific evidence to support the efficacy of these diets. Lourie and Smith emphasize that limiting our exposure to toxic chemicals is a daily lifestyle, not a diet-of-the-week. The final chapter of the book provides a useful list of 10 things that we can do on a daily basis to reduce our exposure to these chemicals. The chapters are written alternatively by Lourie and Smith, but other than the odd personal reference, the tone across chapters is the same. Both authors have mastered the art of providing complicated and dry scientific data in language that is accessible, engaging, and understandable. Highly recommended.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Motto

    This is a very thought provoking book! The authors not only lay out their information in such a way as to make the science understandable, they also give you websites and other resources so the reader can investigate further. I have been on my own better health journey for over a year and the information in this book has opened my eyes to the everyday chemicals we take for granted but which may be poisoning us. The authors not only lay out the science but give the reader plenty of tips and hints This is a very thought provoking book! The authors not only lay out their information in such a way as to make the science understandable, they also give you websites and other resources so the reader can investigate further. I have been on my own better health journey for over a year and the information in this book has opened my eyes to the everyday chemicals we take for granted but which may be poisoning us. The authors not only lay out the science but give the reader plenty of tips and hints about taking steps to change our world for the better. As most of us know by now and which this book illustrates, is that we cannot depend on corporations and conglomerates to tell us the truth about what is or is not poisoning us. We all need to be better informed and thus able to make better choices about our health and environment and this book can be a great first step in figuring out how to do that.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Justina

    Won this book in a first reads giveaway. One of the best books I have read all year! For an informative book it read more like a novel, very smooth and never boring. The authors are great writers who use the appropriate amount of statistical information to support their findings. I learned so much from this book about the toxins in our world. I want to read Slow Death by Rubber Duck (the first book by these two authors) now too. This book is a must read for anyone who wants to live a healthier l Won this book in a first reads giveaway. One of the best books I have read all year! For an informative book it read more like a novel, very smooth and never boring. The authors are great writers who use the appropriate amount of statistical information to support their findings. I learned so much from this book about the toxins in our world. I want to read Slow Death by Rubber Duck (the first book by these two authors) now too. This book is a must read for anyone who wants to live a healthier life and help better the planet. You will be shocked at how many things you do everyday that are extremely harmful to your body and the environment. I am definitely making changes in my everyday life because of this book. I am also sharing the information I have learned with others to help them too. Get this book now and start reading!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Joanna

    Nothing in this book is really all that surprising, but it is depressing to see it compiled into a single book. There are all sorts of toxic chemicals in all sorts of everyday stuff and we aren't really doing much about it. The experiments that they run are too short-term to really shed much light on the effects of toxic chemicals, but they do show that the chemicals are getting into our bodies (and that there are measurable ways to lower their levels). I've made most of the recommended changes Nothing in this book is really all that surprising, but it is depressing to see it compiled into a single book. There are all sorts of toxic chemicals in all sorts of everyday stuff and we aren't really doing much about it. The experiments that they run are too short-term to really shed much light on the effects of toxic chemicals, but they do show that the chemicals are getting into our bodies (and that there are measurable ways to lower their levels). I've made most of the recommended changes already - choosing organic foods, natural personal care products and cleaning products, drinking lots of water. A perfectly interesting book, written in an engaging way, but nothing surprising for anyone moderately informed about environmental issues.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Iamaby En

    This was a really interesting read. If you want a quick run-through of the book, I would suggest looking at the last chapter where they list how you can stay as toxin-free as possible (which doesn't mean 100%). The meat of the book goes through how they reach the conclusions they did in order to make the list at the back of the book, and they did some pretty wild things to get those conclusions! I don't know if I'd ever stick myself in a hot car for a day just to figure out how high different to This was a really interesting read. If you want a quick run-through of the book, I would suggest looking at the last chapter where they list how you can stay as toxin-free as possible (which doesn't mean 100%). The meat of the book goes through how they reach the conclusions they did in order to make the list at the back of the book, and they did some pretty wild things to get those conclusions! I don't know if I'd ever stick myself in a hot car for a day just to figure out how high different toxin levels would rise. What surprised me the most is that dust is a carrier of toxins like pthalates and other VOCs! I guess it isn't just dust mites that are causing my allergies @[email protected]

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jena Herring

    This is a great book that is full of information. The information is broken down for everyone to understand the science behind what we are really putting into our bodies on a daily basis. It breaks it down for us to understand the importance of getting the toxins out and then preventing us for putting them back in. It is a great source to help motivate people to change their current toxic habits. For me the book gave me more belief that getting and keeping the toxins out is what is best for my f This is a great book that is full of information. The information is broken down for everyone to understand the science behind what we are really putting into our bodies on a daily basis. It breaks it down for us to understand the importance of getting the toxins out and then preventing us for putting them back in. It is a great source to help motivate people to change their current toxic habits. For me the book gave me more belief that getting and keeping the toxins out is what is best for my family and the environment. This is a great read for knowledge to pass on to others. Share the wealth of information with others to help more live a toxin free lifestyle.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Andee Marley

    More to worry about .. These days 40% of people will be diagnosed with cancer . The bad news is there are hundreds of thousands of toxins in our house and food and products and communities that are exacerbating the issue. The good news is there are very simple things we can do to stay relatively clean. I wish I had known there was a '10 things to do' list on the last page . It sums up the entire book! (And yes, vegans have one of the lowest cancer rates in world, just an FYI) The end

  21. 5 out of 5

    Megs

    Really enjoyed this book. Here's why: -written recently -Canadian authors (different voice) -no use of the word "pristine" (or if it happened, it was also once and I didn't notice particularly) -authors finished the book with actionable steps to take -debunked some detox myths -talked briefly about how the body's detox processes work (i.e. kidneys), green chemistry, bio-mimicry, and everyday toxins. -thorough -well written -reviewed a lot of the same territory as MES, and I learned a few things as well

  22. 5 out of 5

    Final Draft

    An insightful look at the chemicals that inhabit our everyday life and how we can (hopefully) get them out of our systems. Bruce and Rick review the science and undergo their own experiments to explore the promises made in everything from over the counter detoxing and changing our entire economy! Check out Final Draft's Andrew Pople chatting to Bruce on the podcast: http://www.2ser.com/policies/item/705... An insightful look at the chemicals that inhabit our everyday life and how we can (hopefully) get them out of our systems. Bruce and Rick review the science and undergo their own experiments to explore the promises made in everything from over the counter detoxing and changing our entire economy! Check out Final Draft's Andrew Pople chatting to Bruce on the podcast: http://www.2ser.com/policies/item/705...

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    Lots of good information. I like that the author's actually tried out the detox options they suggest and I am looking forward to reading their other book. I haven't read through the entire resources section because I want to do that at a computer so I can dig in and make a plan for some of the changes they suggest for the most important way to get toxins out of our bodies...to never put them there in the first place!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

    This book includes a thorough look at the common toxins everyone is exposed to and some of the best ways to rid yourself of them. While there is a lot of technical information it is presented in a way everyone can understand and the detox stories often add some much needed humor when dealing with such a serious issue. It has a good reference and resource section and overall I would highly recommend it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Boiling

    Believe all that health/detox washing going around? Think again. I like their take on self experimentation to see if they work. My takeaway from this book is - Reduce toxins in the first place. Better not let toxins enter than detox after getting them in. Of course this is unavoidable in today's world. Another point is reduce and do not consume mindlessly. I wish they had added on how we could detox spaces we have no control over - like offices.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tasha

    While some of the evidence as presented is anecdotal, they include references to a lot of studies, with notes where appropriate. The authors are also very upfront about their own ties to those whose studies and research they use, as they have both worked in the environmental fields for years. Really, very useful I found.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tina Birdsall

    This book went beyond what I had anticipated. It covered many forms of how toxins from a variety of sources affect us and put themselves through being toxified in order to confirm many suspicions. Well written and presented. Not preachy as many of these types of books can be. Informative and told with wit and humor. I would recommend this book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine Hale

    This book is one of those books that should be on your definite to read lists! Even if you aren't switching over to natural products. This book will open your eyes and possibly get you to switch over though! :-)

  29. 5 out of 5

    AJ

    I didn't read the book in it's entirety but I already knew a lot of the info. I felt like they were preaching to the choir. I would recommend this book to someone that is interested in learning about toxins in our daily lives. A great jumping off point!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sammarks

    Based on anecdotal discussions with a few 'experts' and some data thrown in. It was recommended to me but I didn't overly enjoy it. Some great facts but just didn't seem to be followed up with substance.

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