Toxin Toxout by Bruce Lourie and Rick Smith Book Review with Giveaway


This book, Toxin Toxout is written by the two Canadian authors Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie who wrote Slow Death by Rubber Duck: How the Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Life Affects Our Health and has definitely been an eye opener for me. The authors use their own bodies to conduct detox experiments and the results were very alarming. It was very interesting to read about how they were their own guinea pigs and show how easily our bodies soak up the chemicals from the air, food and products.

It contains a lot of useful information on what toxins are found in items and products we encounter in our everyday lives. Since my daughter was born 6 years ago I have been trying to buy organic food when possible and have been using all natural products for her and not long after that I switched to all natural cleaning products for the house. For me the biggest ones I am working on now avoiding are in personal care items for the rest of our household.

Some tips I discovered while reading this book:

Try to eat Organic Fruits and Vegetables when possible. Where it is available try to get organic, local food products.

Drink Tap Water not Bottled Water 

I currently do this now and bring my own refillable glass bottle to work and the gym. Drink lots to help your body flush out the toxins.

Read the Labels on Products 

Try to avoid products containing parabens, phlates and perfumes. It is getting easier every day to find these items at reasonable prices in groceries and big box stores.

Adopt a Detox lifestyle

I know we have all heard a million times how great exercising is for us but now here is another reason. Sweating is one of the most basic natural detox techniques. Maybe my hot yoga class tonight will sweat out those chemicals that are hiding in my body.

Overall I found this book very informative and it has me thinking of the different products I come into contact without throughout the day. I definitely will be purchasing and reading their first book. The authors are very entertaining and it often felt like they were sitting with me and having a conversation.

Following the runaway success of their first book, 2 of Canada’s leading environmental activists 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, including hormone-disrupting phthalates and parabens, cancer-causing pesticides, heavy metals and air pollutants. Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie use their outrageous experiments (they and their brave volunteers are the guinea pigs) to prove how easily our bodies absorb these chemicals from the foods we eat, the air we breathe, and the products we smear on our skin—day after day. Then they give us the good news about what is in our control and the steps we can take for reducing our toxic burden. They investigate the truth behind organic foods, which detox methods actually work, if indoor air quality is improving, and how we dispose of waste (where do those chemicals go?). The result is nothing short of a prescription for a healthier life.


Giveaway time

I have 3 copies of the book Toxin Toxout to give to my Canadian readers. Fill out the form below for your chance to win. Good luck! 

Tracey Courtney 

Tracey is a Mom of a 6 year old daughter and a full time accountant. She is an avid runner and enjoys yoga, reading, knitting and spending time with her active family.


  1. I would love to win this so I can learn more about toxins in the things I use everyday and hopefully there is some good alternatives in this book.

  2. Debbie Kennedy says

    I'm very interested in nutrition and processed foods and everything associated with things we use every day. Toxins are everywhere. I'd be thrilled to read this book….very much my passion right now.

  3. Angela Mitchell says

    I need to learn more about how to avoid chemicals. I know the basics — avoid bpa in baby stuff and try to buy organic, etc. but I would like to more in depth information on how to elimate chemicals.

  4. Teresa Claire says

    I would love to read this book…I went to an allergist a few years ago. Foods like packaged Alfredo, soups etc. were making me break out in horrible, itchy hives!! I already knew that I was allergic to sulpha but add sulphites to that…basically packaged food. Great post!

  5. Wendy Arnott says

    I would love to win this book, I have been looking for inspiration to a healthier lifestyle and wondering what I am eating and how to avoid the gimmicks that are supposedly good for us and bring life back into a sensible approach.

  6. Wayne Lecoy says

    I am entering your giveaway.
    I want to win a copy of Toxin Toxout By Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie
    because i enjoy reading and this book sounds interesting.
    I would like to know what toxins are found in items and products we encounter in our everyday lives.
    Thank you for having this giveaway!!!!!!!!!

  7. i would like to learn more about toxins in my body and how to rid them

  8. I would like to win this because I don’t know much about the topic and would like to learn. Its important now that I have kids in the house.

  9. Victoria Ess says

    I'd love to win this because as my awareness of the toxic environment grows, I find myself more eager to learn more about how to limit our exposure to it.

  10. to be healthy

  11. Florence C says

    Love to have this to read. Be nice to learn about toxins that are out there.

  12. To help banish the toxins out of our bodies properly would be an incredible help on the road to healthy living

  13. Stephanie LaPlante says

    I want to win because I'd love to learn what not to put In my body and live a healthier life.

  14. Barbara Hutcheson says

    ******I would love to win this to learn how to rid my body of toxins******

  15. Lee-Ann S says

    We’re always looking to reduce the toxins in our house and this book would help us a great deal.

  16. I’d love to win as we’ve been adapting to this lifestyle making changes gradually. This book sounds like a great read!

  17. I would love to win this book as I am trying daily to make healthier & clean lifestyle changes in my diet.
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  18. I would love to win this book as I try to follow as healthy life as i can possibly can and I believe this book could help me.

  19. Lynda Cook says

    I'm looking for something like this to help me to rid toxins, I need to be healthier and plus learn about everyday household products. It sounds like it would be a very interesting read and anything to teach me right from wrong

  20. I would love to win this book to learn more about ways to avoid toxins in our everyday lives

  21. Audrey Skinner says

    I would love to win this book and change my everday eating habits.

  22. I would love to win this book to learn more about how to avoid toxins.

  23. Elaine Jasvins says

    I would love to learn more about toxins in our food and daily items.

  24. Jennifer L. says

    I'm really concerned about all the toxins in our modern world and want to know what I can do to help my family avoid them.

  25. Cheryl Grandy says

    I want to win this book so I can learn more about avoiding toxins.

  26. kathy downey says

    Toxins are everywhere.I want them out of my diet maybe this book can help

  27. Detoxifying my body is one of my goals this year, as well as just living a healthier lifestyle in general. This would probably have some great info in it! 🙂 Thanks for sharing.
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  28. I want to win it because it looks like a very interesting subject matter

  29. Tamara N says

    I want to win this because I need to learn more about the toxins that my family is coming in to contact with daily and how to avoid them or at least minimize them.

  30. Maria McLachlan says

    Id like to read this for sure

  31. I would be interested in reading this book

  32. Stephen K says

    I want to learn about the toxins in daily life that I am not really aware of and how to get rid of them.

  33. I'd like to win this book so I can learn more about living healthier and making informed decisions to rid myself of toxins.

  34. I would like to win this because it looks like an interesting book to read and I would like to learn more.

  35. Surso S. says

    i love info books! i love them even more when they are about health and organic living. it would be nice to learn how to reduce the toxins around me

  36. It is so easy to just drift through life eating and drinking whatever's convenient. It's scary trying to get on the right path. It's daunting… perhaps this book can show me the way

  37. Victoria K says

    I want to be healthier and I'm very interested in the toxins we consume.

  38. i want to be aware of what is around me and and especially about the silent killer toxins

  39. Katy Emanuel says

    I would love to win this book as I have heard it is a great resource in eliminating toxins. We have been trying to eliminate toxins and this would be a great help in discovering some of the areas where we can improve on this.

  40. Environmental sensitivities would be helped with the info.

  41. Jacquie Hess says

    It looks like there are a lot of good tips in this book.

  42. Hey there, nice blog. I'd really like to win this because I am obsessed with self-improvement. Also, not many books catch my attention, but this one does! Thanks

  43. looking for a healthier life style- this may be a good start!

  44. Donna Sousa says

    Looks like a good read. Would probably bring a lot more self awareness.

  45. Christy Martin says

    I'd be curious to find out what things I am doing wrong (have a pretty good idea) and what I can do to make some improvments.

  46. Be nice to know all about toxins and how to get rid of them.



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