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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers (November 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865716927
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865716926
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #530,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Deanna Duke provides wonderful insights in this very personal exploration of the toxic chemicals hidden in every single part of our lives. An important and timely guide to understanding our toxic world. - Bruce Lourie, co-author Slow Death by Rubber Duck

In The Non-Toxic Avenger, Deanna Duke lays out what could otherwise be confusing information in a straightforward, non-hysterical, and relatable way. The beauty of this book is that readers can apply Deanna's nontoxic avenging in small or large ways, taking as tiny or as enormous a step as they like. Either way, it will make readers think a little harder about the things we humans surround, slather, coat, and feed ourselves with. It was an eye-opener for me. - Ree Drummond,author of and host of, The Pioneer Woman cooking show (Food Network)

There are a lot of things in this book you probably think you'd rather not know. Not knowing, however, doesn't reduce your risk or improve your life. Deanna Duke is brave enough to want to know, and wise enough to give us the information we truly need in a way that enriches. This is an important, funny, wonderful and courageous book that you truly do want to read.
- Sharon Astyk, author, Depletion and Abundance and Independence Days and science writer.

Wow! That's the only way to describe Deanna Duke's heart-stopping, eye-popping, head-shaking quest to figure out what toxic chemicals threaten not only her life and the lives of the people she loves, but the lives of each and every one of us as well. Start this book and don't stop until you're done. Yes, you'll cry. But you'll also laugh. And then, hopefully, you'll get busy -- clearing out your cupboards, writing to your elected officials, and telling everyone you know that they MUST read this incredible, courageous, inspiring book, too.
- Diane MacEachern, author, Big Green Purse: Use Your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner, Greener World

Duke offers a revealing look at the dangers lurking within our clothing, food, and household products -- her personal battle against these is at once deeply moving and totally hilarious. - Vanessa Farquharson, author, Sleeping Naked is Green

About the Author

Deanna Duke: is an environmental writer, urban homesteader, and author of the highly acclaimed environmental blog, The Crunchy Chicken (www.thecrunchychicken.com). The focus of her work is in educating others on environmental issues and explaining how she and her family have not only converted to a low-impact lifestyle, but also reduced their exposure to toxic chemicals in their home, work and school environments. In addition to her blog, Deanna also writes as an Expert Urban Homesteader for Mother Earth News Online and is the Personal Care Consultant for the eco-makeover television show, Mission: Sustainable.

More About the Author

I am an environmental writer of the blog, The Crunchy Chicken, and live in Seattle with my husband, two children, three urban chickens and one rescued Chihuahua.

I write about environmental issues in order to share information on how to lower energy and resource consumption, reduce carbon emissions and educate consumers on how to reduce their exposure to toxins in the environment.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By greenmomster on February 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
The Non-Toxic Avenger, by Deanna Duke, is the fascinating story of one woman's attempt to find out how significant our exposure is to "everyday" toxins. Spurred on by her husband's diagnosis with multiple myeloma and her son's diagnosis with Asperger's syndrome, Deanna Duke decided to take a look at toxins and determine whether it's possible, or even desirable, to remove every toxin exposure from one's everyday life.

The author begins by discussing the reasons for this project - her husband and son's diagnoses, and her newly acquired knowledge that many chemicals which she believed were regulated by government agencies were not. Her plan for the project is pretty simple. She'll get tested (both blood and urine tests) for specific chemicals found in our man-made environment, try to remove as many toxin exposures as possible over several months, and then get retested. The first question is, does her daily life lead to any abnormally high toxic loads? The second question is, can she reduce these loads by reducing exposure? The third question is, can she live with the changes necessary to reduce the toxins?

The author leaves no stone unturned as she addresses the very high levels of various phthalates and parabens in her system. She looks at exposures from food, indoor and outdoor air, clothing coatings (to reduce flammability), all the way to yoga mats, hula hoops, and Halloween costumes. Did she succeed in reducing her exposure? You'll have to read the book to find out!

The book is well-written with many humorous anecdotes. Ms. Duke is definitely not anti-science and is willing to say when changes are simply not doable in her life. The information on the lack of regulation regarding various chemicals, and the differences between the European and U.S.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By RJL on June 6, 2012
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This book was an extremely informative, yet fun read. It's full of eye-opening information about so many of the products we use every day without thinking.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on February 7, 2013
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This book was so well written and gives and honest and sometimes humorous approach to very sad and scary issues. I loved the way it was laid out in small sections for each topic, but gave enough information for me learn about the topic, and then go on and do more research on my own. All the resources and websites are there in the back. I also love the fact that she refers to the Environmental Working Group because I don't think enough people know about how much work they do for us, and about their skin deep database that is there to help protect us.

Amazing, amazing book. I seriously just can't say enough - and I've been mentioning it to many people I know.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ciarriaghli on February 1, 2013
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i'm halfway through, but i was hooked immediately. this book reads like a blog, which makes it extremely easy to get into, & in it she shares recipes for personal product & wisdoms she's picked up along the way to a non-toxic lifestyle.
it's really shocking that more of us are not in worse shape for all the chemical exposure to which we are subjected on a daily basis.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Smith on March 16, 2013
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Not a bad book and a very quick read. She presents a lot of information but does not go very deep into much. It's a good overview of some of the toxins we all face everyday. The writing seems a bit sporadic at times and more blog like than book like but this helps make for a quick read and her blog is quite good and entertaining as well as informative. Overall this book is a good introduction on toxins in our environment.
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