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Sunny Bridge Natural Foods & Cafe



Keto Treats from Sunny Bridge Natural Foods & Café

SunnyBakes, a dedicated peanut and gluten-free bakery, creates Keto-friendly desserts that contain low or no sugar.  The Ketogenic lifestyle is a low-carbohydrate, moderate protein, high fat diet, that aims to put the body into ketosis, a metabolic state that burns fat instead of sugar.  

Because of the requirements of this lifestyle, sweets, desserts and refined carbohydrates are the first to be eliminated.  SunnyBakes has developed recipes using all natural, no carbohydrate sweeteners and have gone through lots of yummy taste testing to create desserts that all people restricting sugar can enjoy. Included are Snickerdoodles, Fudgy Yumprints, Cheesecakes, Coconut Dream Bites, Chocolate Mousse Parfaits, Candied Nuts and lots more.

Sunny Bridge Natural Foods, a retail store and Cafe/Bakery, sells local, fresh, all-natural non-toxic and organic groceries, home-care and personal care products.  A weekly Keto meal plan is in the works to provide their customers a convenient, hassle-free and a delicious way to stay focused on their health goals.  Let us do the work - you go live your life!

Location: 130 Gallery Dr., McMurray, PA. For more information, call 724-942-5800 or visit

Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage



Benefits of Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage.

During Pregnancy, a woman’s body goes through many changes, some of which are tougher to endure than others. For those suffering with muscle aches, joint swelling and persistent hormonal headaches, prenatal massage may be able to help, while also reducing stress and anxiety. Massage after the baby arrives also helps bring the body back into its pre-pregnancy alignment.

American Pregnancy Association studies show that massage therapy preformed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression and improve labor. Massage therapy address different needs through a combination of calming Swedish massage strokes, with a gentle range of motion and stretching to relieve pressure in the neck, back, shoulders; and  abdominal massage to support digestion and increase circulation to the placenta and baby.

A recent study by the Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology suggests that massage in the postpartum period assists breast feeding by alleviating tightness and helping with some breast feeding difficulties, also flushes lactic acid out of the tissues relieving sore muscles.

A 2010 study by the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami found that pregnant women receiving regular massage report a significant decrease in back and leg pain and swelling in the lower extremities. 

Sandra Campbell is a licensed massage therapist, reiki practitioner and holistic health coach in the Allison Park area. For more information, email [email protected]. See listing in the Community Resource Guide.

CBD Winer Wellness Center



Caveat Emptor When Choosing Cannabidiol Products

Some have called cannabidiol (CBD) the supplement of the 21st century. The human endocannabinoid system was discovered about 30 years ago. It is a chemical communication network similar to hormone communications. Our bodies make cannabinoids, and they are responsible for homeostasis in the body, enabling our ability to maintain balance and function in a healthy environment.

Research shows that CBD hemp extract stimulates the endocannabinoid receptors and provides dramatic benefits. It has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect, protects the brain and nerves, inhibits cancer cell growth, reduces seizures, blood sugar levels, relieves pain, anxiety and depression, reduces nausea, suppresses muscle spasms and promotes bone growth.

However, some of the CBD hemp extract being sold is tainted with toxic chemicals; what is on the label may not be in the bottle. When purchasing CBD hemp extract, there are several key factors to look for. It should be grown and manufactured in the United States using CO2extraction methods and should be a full-spectrum extract. Knowledge is power and the key to getting a high-quality product.

Winer Wellness Center, with practitioners for chiropractic, nutritional consultation, allergy elimination and muscle therapy. workers compensation and accident insurance claims and a complete line of CBD full-spectrum hemp extract products, is located at 2419 Baldwick Rd., in Pittsburgh. For appointments and more information, call 412-922-9355 or visit

Mind Body Spirit Healing Expo




Wide-Ranging Healing Expo Offers Information and Fun

The third annual Mind Body Spirit Healing Expo will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., September 28 and 29, at the Monroeville Convention Center south hall.

Participants can survey mini-lectures, seminars and hundreds of products and services from more than 100 booths. Topics include medical marijuana, CBD products, essential oils, bodyworkers, reiki, energy healing, crystals and stones, and psychic readings.

Highlights include a 40-foot-by-40-foot labyrinth; $99 medical marijuana certifications; Happy Bugs, Healthy You, with Meredith Barrett, of Certified Integrative Nutrition Health; Chronic Medical Conditions and The Role of a Whole-Foods, Plant-Based Lifestyle, with Dr. Natalie Gentile, M.D., of Gentile Family DPC; The Future of Medicine, with Paul Bando, Certified PEMF consultant and CEO of Cellular Therapeutics Inc.; and Treating Anxiety With Medical Marijuana, with Richard Greer, of Solevo Wellness.

Admission is $10 each day; under 12 admitted free. Location: 209 Mall Plaza Blvd., Monroeville. For more information, visit

Thermal Imaging for Pets



Barbara Calcagni, CCT

II, owner of All About

Thermography, LLC, offers

veterinary thermography

services in Pittsburgh, all of Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and beyond, as well as via non-threatening home

visits. She says, “It is very

difficult to recognize the

signs of pain in our pets. Animals cannot tell us where it hurts.

Thermal imaging is a tool to help us visualize the exact location of the inflammation and pain in your pets’ body.” This clinical imaging procedure is appropriate for

identifying sources of pain; ligament, tendon and muscle

sprains or strains; infections or inflammatory conditions;

neurological conditions; cancer; blood flow disorders; and wellness and preventative care.

Thermography is U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved; radiation-free; non-invasive; and no sedation is needed.

Reports are provided by doctors of veterinary medicine that are

board-certified Thermologists.

For more information and to make appointments, call 412-378-7506, email AllAboutThermography or visit

Weed walks



Free Monthly Educational Weed Walks

Jen Dalke will conduct Weed Walks around the property of Bedner's Farm & Greenhouses, in Cecil, Pennsylvania, through October. She says, “We’ll discuss proper and common names, some basic botany, such as names of plant parts, type of leaves, plant families, and so much more!” Walks are a very leisurely pace, with minimal slopes. They’re great for people most ages, but children under age 7 may become bored, depending on their interest in plants.

Dalke exaplins, “I began my journey as an herbalist using only plant medicine to heal myself since age 15 and working in herbal remedy stores helping other people to achieve the same. I remain on this path at present and have been sharpening my focus on botany and plant/human sciences for several years via Tammi Sweet, at the Heartstone Center for Earth Essentials, and ethnobotanist Marc Williams, over at Botany Every Day.”

Admission is free. To register (required), at 412-760-0801 or [email protected]. For more information, visit See the Community Calendar for details.


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