3 things I learned in this is­sue:

Natural Solutions - - Publisher's Note - Dick Ben­son

With the on­set of the hol­i­day sea­son, we’ve been in­un­dated with sales, ad­ver­tise­ments, and pro­mo­tions of all kinds. But we must re­mem­ber the im­por­tance of the hol­i­days.

The fes­tiv­i­ties kick off with Thanks­giv­ing, my fa­vorite hol­i­day of all. What’s not to like about Thanks­giv­ing? We spend time with friends and fam­ily, and en­joy a hol­i­day feast with our fa­vorite tra­di­tional en­trées—all with­out ar­gu­ing about re­li­gious val­ues as­so­ci­ated with other hol­i­days. It’s all about be­ing thank­ful for all that we have been given.

Ev­ery Amer­i­can can find some­thing to be thank­ful for. The United States is a country with sig­nif­i­cant free­doms. We are a gen­er­ous so­ci­ety where even the less for­tu­nate can re­ceive the food they need to pre­pare a hol­i­day din­ner. In fact, many char­i­ties and drives sup­ply the in­gre­di­ents fam­i­lies need for a full Thanks­giv­ing meal. A typ­i­cal Amer­i­can fam­ily will spend ap­prox­i­mately $50 on Thanks­giv­ing din­ner. Oth­ers will spend far more. If your fam­ily has dis­pos­able in­come dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son, it’s a per­fect time to do­nate to the less for­tu­nate. Or, con­sider vol­un­teer­ing at a lo­cal church or shel­ter where work­ers pre­pare meals for fam­i­lies in need.

We must also re­mem­ber the mil­i­tary on Thanks­giv­ing. Th­ese brave men and women of­ten serve far away from home, so the hol­i­day is a great time to thank them for their ser­vice. Check out our web­site

for pro­grams that al­low you to send do­na­tions to ser­vice mem­bers dur­ing the hol­i­days. If you visit this page, take ad­van­tage of the spe­cial op­por­tu­nity to send ser­vice per­son­nel a six-month sub­scrip­tion to our mag­a­zine. The first 1,000 sub­scrip­tions will be sent free of charge.

I want to say a spe­cial thanks to our staff, sup­pli­ers, ad­ver­tis­ers, and con­trib­u­tors who have helped make Nat­u­ral So­lu­tions suc­cess­ful. And most of all, I want to thank you—our read­ers—for your con­tin­ued sup­port. Please feel free to visit our web­page and drop me a note. I ap­pre­ci­ate your thoughts and com­ments.

Happy Hol­i­days! Only 59% of men say they wash af­ter us­ing a pub­lic re­stroom.

77% of the rain in the Mis­sis­sippi Delta is con­tam­i­nated with glyphosate.

To check the tem­per­a­ture of a roasted turkey the ther­mome­ter needs to be placed in the thick­est part of the thigh.

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