The authors of new book called Slow Death by Rubber Duck: How the Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Life Affects our Health wanted to exemplify how the toxins in our environment affect out health everyday. So they embarked upon a "Super-Size Me" style experiment through which they showed just how quickly toxins like bisphenol-A (BPA) and mercury accumulate in the human body.
After steering clear of food packaging containing BPA for several days, Slow Death author Rick Smith restricted his diet to only canned foods heated in a microwave using a polycarbonate plastic container. In just two days, Smith saw the levels of the hormone-disrupting chemical linked to breast and prostate cancer in his body increase 7.5 times.
"The results are staggering. Obviously, we suspected we'd see an increase but nowhere near that much, especially given that we were only doing this over a couple of days. I can only imagine what levels of these chemicals look like in people that use these products as a matter of course because all the products we were experimenting with are well-known, brand-name, off-the-shelf products," Smith, co-author of the book and executive director of Environmental Defence, said in an interview.
Smith and co-author Bruce Lourie detoxed by abstaining from everyday consumer products known to contain pollutants, then loaded up on the common, brand-name products in order to measure the effect on their bodies.