3 things I learned in this is­sue:

Natural Solutions - - Publisher's Note - Dick Ben­son

Who would have thought that prod­ucts de­signed to make us look so good can ac­tu­ally harm us? Nearly 82,000 in­gre­di­ents are used to pro­duce beauty prod­ucts, and 1 in 8 of th­ese in­gre­di­ents is an in­dus­trial chem­i­cal, in­clud­ing, pes­ti­cides, re­pro­duc­tive tox­ins, and hor­mone dis­rup­tors. Some of th­ese in­gre­di­ents are clas­si­fied as “known car­cino­gens.” I vis­ited the En­vi­ron­men­tal Work­ing Group’s (EWG’s) web­site (ewg.org) to find in­for­ma­tion on th­ese car­cino­gens. The EWG has pro­duced a 21-page doc­u­ment on in­gre­di­ents that should be avoided in per­sonal care prod­ucts. The EWG also has a seal, “EWG Ver­i­fied,” to iden­tify prod­ucts that meet EWG in­gre­di­ent and safety guide­lines. Keep this in­for­ma­tion in mind when de­cid­ing which prod­ucts to use.

You’ll be ex­cited to see that this is­sue of Nat­u­ral So­lu­tions in­cludes our an­nual Beauty With a Con­science (BWAC) awards. Th­ese prod­ucts were re­viewed by our staff to en­sure they are safe and are pro­duced with no an­i­mal test­ing. We re­viewed thou­sands of en­tries to de­cide on this group of the safest, best-per­form­ing prod­ucts from those sub­mit­ted by man­u­fac­tur­ers. We hope that you find this fea­ture help­ful, and hope­fully you’ll find a new prod­uct to try.

But don’t limit your shop­ping list to this year’s BWAC prod­ucts. This year marks our seventh BWAC awards an­niver­sary, and many BWAC prod­ucts that we’ve rec­om­mended in the past are still ex­cel­lent in their cat­e­gories. We have a run­ning BWAC awards list on our web­site (nat­u­ral­so­lu­tion­s­mag.com), where you’ll also find a list of ev­ery com­pany that was an award win­ner (or run­ner-up) dur­ing the past seven years. Be sure to check out this help­ful list of com­pa­nies com­mit­ted to pro­duc­ing qual­ity, safe prod­ucts.

Be on the look­out for other prod­ucts that you have found use­ful. We would be happy to re­view prod­ucts to en­sure they meet our stan­dards, and we may in­clude them in next year’s BWAC award pro­gram. Sim­ply visit the BWAC page on the Nat­u­ral So­lu­tions web­site and click the “rec­om­mend a prod­uct” link.

Also, check out our ar­ti­cle on party ap­pe­tiz­ers in this is­sue. Whether you’re host­ing a hol­i­day party or a game-day gath­er­ing, we’ve in­cluded some health­ier op­tions to serve your guests. Try a few of th­ese recipes and post your re­sults to our Face­book or Pin­ter­est pages. If we se­lect your post to fea­ture in the mag­a­zine, you’ll re­ceive a $25.00 gift card.

We truly ap­pre­ci­ate all of your sup­port. We are a suc­cess be­cause of our read­ers, writ­ers, ad­ver­tis­ers, and staff. With­out you, we would not ex­ist. Thank you for a fruit­ful year! The In­cas do­mes­ti­cated al­pacas 7000 years ago!

Soda con­tains phos­pho­rus which binds to cal­cium and in­creases cal­cium loss.

The old­est liv­ing baobab tree is 3000 years old.

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