Toxic Free Summer

10 Steps to a Homemade, Toxin-Free Manicure!

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We all know how harmful the products we use can be for our general health, and nail polish is one of the worst offenders. Not to mention the preservatives and additional chemicals in the lotions and scrubs we use to keep our nails looking sexy. Fortunately, when we make products ourselves, we know exactly what is in them and can stay away from known carcinogens and other harmful chemicals. Try out this step-by-step guide to an at-home summer manicure that is completely toxin-free, and rest easy knowing you did it all on your own. Before you start, look below for easy ways to make at-home sugar scrubs, nail soaks, cuticle cream and body lotion. Try out the recipes and get started on your DIY makeover today!

You will need:
A nail file
Cuticle sticks
Cuticle clippers
Your non-toxic polish of choice
Your homemade nail soak
Your homemade sugar scrub
Your homemade cuticle cream
Your homemade vanilla body lotion
A clean towel
Nail polish remover and a flat brush

1. Shape Your Nails
You want to shape your nails when they are dry to get the best effect. Choose which nail shape you like best and use a picture to get started. If you have one or two fingers with nails that have broken, file all the rest down to that length to create an even look. File the nails from the corners to the center, using inward strokes. Stay away from the sides of your nails as this increases the risk of breakage and changes the shape of your natural nail bed.

2. Soak Hands
It’s time to break out the first of your at-home recipes for your hand soak. You can make a hand soak with several different kinds of ingredients, or with some simple non-toxic soap and water if you want to save time and money. Soak your hands for about 10 minutes. Here is a great recipe for a super-moisturizing nail soak:
– 2 tablespoons dried chamomile flowers
– 5 drips lavender oil (you can use any essential oils you like)
– 1 teaspoon almond oil
Steep the flowers in enough water to fill a medium soaking bowl, strain out the flowers, and add the oil.

3. Apply Cuticle Oil and Re-Soak
Before you start your manicure, prepare this wonderful cuticle oil from non-toxic DIY pro Sophie Uliano of Rub it into your cuticles and continue soaking your hands.

4. Apply Sugar Scrub
Once your hands are soft, take them out and apply your homemade sugar scrub to exfoliate. To make the scrub, take about ½ cup of sugar and put it in a small bowl. Add olive oil until the sugar is damp. Spread over your hands and forearms and scrub.

5. Rinse
With the scrub still on, dip your hands back into the hand soak and rub until the sugar has dissolved. Finish rinsing under the faucet until your hands are completely clean.

6. Dry
Gently dry your hands with the clean towel. Rub your cuticles with edge of the towel to remove excess skin and loosen the cuticle area.

7. Push back cuticle
Use your cuticle stick to gently push back the cuticle of each nail. You can also use the stick to remove excess skin and dirt from under the nails. Be careful with cuticle trimmers. The best thing to do is leave cuticles alone as much as you can and simply use the trimmers to remove loose skin and hangnails.

8. Lotion, Lotion, Lotion
Before you start your manicure, try out this lotion recipe from Gorgeously Green so you can use a completely toxin-free moisturizer for this step. This delicious Nontoxic Vanilla Body Cream, courtesy of Sophie Uliano, is the perfect way to finish this manicure. Rub a large amount of lotion onto each hand and slowly massage it into your palms, the tops of your hands, your wrists and forearms. Take some time to massage the lotion into your cuticle area. You may even want to do a second coat on your cuticles and let the lotion sit a bit to smooth any rough patches.

9. Apply Polish
Now, for the most important part! Since you want to keep this manicure completely toxin-free, choosing the right nail polish will make all the difference. Look for brands that are water-based and free of free of DBP, formaldehyde and phalates. Check out the newest shades from popular non-toxic brands like Priti and Zoya, or grab the perfect shade of nude here in the water-based line, Suncoat. Clean your nails thoroughly with a towel to wipe off the lotion before you start painting. Go ahead and use a nail polish remover to remove excess paint around your cuticles (the pros do this with a flat brush dipped in remover), because that’s the best way to get that unwanted polish off and create a clean, professional look.

10. Let Nails Dry
Make sure not to let all your hard work go to waste, and take the time to let your nails dry fully before you head out to grab a coffee or start folding laundry. If you have a small self-standing fan, you can place your nails in front of it to speed up the process. Also, try to paint with thin coats to shorten drying time.

Jemima Lopez is a freelance blogger and writer who writes for Zen College Life, the directory of higher education, distance learning and best online colleges. 

Natural Foods Buying Club!

Buying Club in South Minneapolis!

fridgeCheck out Dr. Jessica’s fridge after her buying club delivery.  It happens every other Tuesday and provides many of the healthy foods she uses to make healthy meals for her family. And since it’s a working co-op, she saves an average of 30%.  You get to choose what you want to order each time – no surprise CSA boxes (although those are great too)!  If you’re interested in joining, a new branch just opened in South Minneapolis and has room for 15 more members.

Feel free to check out their website a

 Buying Club Members take turns sorting produce (approx 3 times) and delivering produce (approx 6 times) throughout the year on Tuesday mornings.  This investment of time is central to the success of the Buying Club and is what allows us to access fresh organic produce at very reasonable prices.

Many Thanks from Dr. Jessica

Thank you, Thank you.

dr jessica

THANK YOU  Everyone for your support, love, prayers, patience, and kindness while I recovered from my recent, and last surgery! I am fighting back and healing well, thanks to all who have helped. Your donations have been incredibly helpful in aiding my healing efforts as well as seeing the end of a few bills. My heart is filled with optimism and gratitude as this season of Spring is sure to be full of new beginnings in many wonderful ways.   I appreciate all of your encouragement in telling my story and I will be posting several new “chapters” in the coming days.

Stay tuned : ) Much love, Jessica

Improve Your Health

Lose weight.

Change your habits.

Improve your health.

scale weight loss

Lake Pointe’s Metabolic Reset Program is:

  • Science Based
  • Physician Run
  • Guided by weekly Physician check-ins
  • Individualized
  • Measureable fat loss
  • Supports Detoxification and Overall Health
  • Guided in Education for Lifestyle Changes.


Delicious Spring Recipe

Grilled Salmon with Cilantro Mint Chutney

salmon recipe

By: Dr. Mark Hyman



  1. Season salmon with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  2. Combine all chutney ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth and fragrant. Set aside.
  3. Heat a griddle, grill, or grill pan on medium-­‐high heat and place fish on grill, skin side down. Allow salmon to cook until skin is charred and fish is almost cooked through. This will take about 15 minutes depending on the thickness of the salmon.
  4. Turn salmon over and grill a few more minutes, until fish is fully cooked.
  5. Remove from heat and lay skin side up on a platter. Pull skin off salmon and flip back to serve.
  6. Spread chutney on top of salmon. Serve with wedges of lemon or lime.

Magnificent Seven Lifestyle

Magnificent Seven Lifestyle

“In order to have health, you must first earn health”.  These are words of wisdom from colleague and mentor, Dr. Robert Rakowski.  He has compiled a list of seven things for health that he has termed the Magnificent Seven.  Lifestyle changes are required to be healthy.

healthy you

1. EAT RIGHT: “You are what you eat”. We need to eat foods that build our bodies up and avoid foods that tear them down.

2. DRINK RIGHT: Drinking uncontaminated water is the only way to stay properly hydrated.

3. THINK RIGHT: Continue to learn because brain neurons will die if not stimulated.

4. MOVE RIGHT: Human bodies were designed to move everyday and people who exercise regularly have healthier bodies and brains.

5. SLEEP RIGHT: Sleep restores our brain and body while poor sleep or not enough sleep increases our risk of dying.

6. POOP RIGHT: Bowel health determines body health. You need to have at least 1 easy bowel movement a day.

7. TALK RIGHT: Optimists have a 42% less death risk than pessimists. The type of energy that you hold in your body will come out of your mouth.

Healthy Weight Loss

Today is the first day of Spring, time to release the old and bring in the new!

Join the Metabolic Reset Program for quick and healthy weight loss!

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“I started the MetReset program with a mountain of skepticism. I thought this program was ‘too good to be true,’ and certainly not sustainable, is what I thought.  I couldn’t have been more wrong.  In the first 40 days of the MetReset program I lost 37lbs!  What was more impressive than the weight loss, was what the program has done for my mental wellness.  Certainly, my confidence is up after all 37lbs is a lot of weight.  But more importantly this program has completely reshaped my whole mindset around my eating habits.  As a 38 year old businessman, the program forced me during my busy schedule to take a hard look at my habits and the reasons I was choosing to eat.  What I learned, was the true value of the MetReset Program.  I am now aware of my tendencies and habits and am able to more easily mange life’s situations.  Thank you so much for the support throughout this process.  I couldn’t have asked for a better team of people to walk with me on this life changing journey!” -Jason

Dirt: The Movie

Linden Hills Coop Presents:  2013 Cans Film Festival

Saturday, March 23rd.

Linden Hills Coop

3815 Sunnyside Ave

Minnepolis, MN 55410

Movie:  Dirt.

dirt movie

Films will play on a continuous loop in our community room.   Stop in anytime to watch part or all of these enlightening documentaries.

Your price of admission?  One can, box or package of healthy food donated to MN FoodShare’s March campaign.

Simply drop your donation into the bin in our vestibule before entering the community room.


Your nervous system effects your health

Have you made the connection?

spinal chart

The nerves that travel through and control every function of your body originate at the spinal cord and their transmission may be disrupted if the joints of the surrounding spinal column are not moving properly. This disruption in biomechanical integrity combined with altered physiological function is what chiropractors call a subluxation.  You may also be familiar with the term, adjustment.  Here is a great chart to show  the relationship of the spinal nerves exiting the vertebra branching off to the various organ systems. You can see why it is not uncommon for a chiropractor to treat a patient with mid-back pain who also suffers from irritable bowel system, a patient with a subluxated sacrum who has been unsuccessfully trying to become pregnant, or a patient with an upper back fixation and acid reflux.


GMO Labeling coming to Whole Foods!

GMO Labeling Coming to Whole Foods Market

By Walter Robb and A.C. Gallo, March 8, 2013  |

Whole Foods Market commits to full GMO transparency by giving supplier partners five years to source non-GMO ingredients or to clearly label products with ingredients containing GMOs.

Today, we stood up for the consumer’s right to know by announcing that all products in our US and Canadian stores containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) must be clearly labeled within five years. We heard our customers loud and clear asking us for GMO labeling and we are responding where we have control: in our own stores.

We are the first national grocery chain to set a deadline for full GMO transparency. By 2018, we will require our supplier partners to label products containing GMO ingredients, and we will work in collaboration with them as they transition to sourcing non-GMO ingredients or to clearly labeling products with ingredients containing GMOs.

This is a complicated issue, and we wanted to give our supplier partners enough time to make this change. Fortunately, many of our suppliers are already well on their way to moving to Non-GMO ingredients and a good number are already there. While five years is the deadline, we know there will be progress much sooner and we plan to announce key milestones along the way.

The prevalence of GMOs in the US paired with nonexistent mandatory labeling makes it very difficult for grocery stores to source non-GMO choices and for consumers to choose non-GMO products. Yet we know our customers care passionately. In fact, Non-GMO™ Project verified products are among the fastest growing sellers in our non-perishable grocery category.

For many years, we’ve sourced our 365 Everyday Value products to avoid GMOs in their plant-based ingredients and in 2009, we began putting this line through the Non-GMO Project verification program and encouraged our grocery supplier partners to do the same. Whole Foods Market currently sells 3,300 Non-GMO Project verified products from 250 brands, more than any other retailer in North America. We will continue this important work and our customers will see more and more Non-GMO Project Verified labels on products throughout our stores.

While the US and Canada still have no labeling laws, more than 60 countries do. However, many US states are currently considering mandatory labeling initiatives, like the one in Washington state, where 500,000 citizens signed a petition last year to move the initiative the next step to their state legislature for consideration. Whole Foods Market supports that ballot measure in Washington and hopes it and other such state initiatives will finally lead to one uniform set of rules in support of the consumer’s right to know. There are also efforts that have made GMOs now part of a national conversation., for instance, has collected over 1.5 million signatures in support of mandatory federal labeling. And while we are encouraged by the many mandatory labeling initiatives, we are committed to moving forward with our own GMO transparency plan now.

Until the GMO labeling requirement is fully effective, shoppers can rely on Non-GMO Project verified products and certified organic products if they want to avoid GMOs. The US National Organic Standards prohibit the intentional use of GMO seed in the production of organic crops. As a pioneer in the US organic food movement for the past 32 years, we offer thousands of organic products, the largest variety in the country. To ensure a growing supply of non-GMO options for our customers, we are stepping up our support of organic and certified products, and we are growing the non-GMO supply chain with our supplier partners.

We are as excited about this announcement as we are dedicated to supporting transparency and our customers’ right to know what’s in their food.