Deanna Duke, long-time environmentalist and parent of two, used to believe that products sold in stores were generally safe since the FDA said they were. Although she started to think otherwise after reading Slow Death by Rubber Duck, still she was satisfied to let other environmentalists focus on toxins in products while she concerned herself with reducing waste and energy use. Then in 2007 Deanna received a "Double Whammy": members of her family were diagnosed with autism and cancer. Deanna was forced to confront the reality that environmental toxins, including those her family was exposed to through the use of everyday supposedly safe products, most likely played a role in these conditions. She then undertook a mission to reduce her family's exposure to toxic chemicals.
Through her very successful blog The Crunchy Chicken and her recently published book The Non-Toxic Avenger: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You, Deanna shares with others her efforts to live free of toxic chemicals. Below, Deanna answers several of my questions regarding her transformation from a trusting consumer to the Non-Toxic Avenger.
Q&A with Author Deanna Duke
How did you become concerned about the impact of environmental toxins?
When you first became interested in living a less toxic life, how did you avoid feeling overwhelmed and stay motivated?
What do you hope to accomplish through your blog and now your book?
What has your family’s attitude been towards your eco-friendly efforts?
How do you share your concerns about toxins with others (in real life) without seeming crazy or overbearing?
Is eco-friendly living affordable?
What are your favorite resources for research about environmental toxins and for non- toxic alternatives to consumer products?
What has been the most difficult change you have made? The most enjoyable?
What was the biggest surprise that came out of your research for your book?
How are you currently working on reducing your family’s and other families’ exposure to toxins?