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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

Using Nutrition to Reduce Joint Inflammation



Joint and muscle pain or arthritis can develop when there is wear and tear on the joints such as in osteoarthritis or an out-of-control inflammatory condition such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or gout. Joint and muscle inflammation can also occur in fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue. Each of these is similar in that the joints or muscles can be painful, red and have loss of function. Also, the chemical pathways of the inflammatory cascade can be traced and will often help a natural doctor in customizing a treatment protocol for a patient.

Functional medicine practitioners utilize blood work markers, as well as pH testing to assess the amount of inflammation in a patient’s body. A change in diet may be customized, especially reducing the food allergies that could be burdening the patient. A diet high in olive oil, fresh fruits and vegetables, seeds and nuts may also be recommended.

Other nutritional supplements such as omega-3 fatty acids have been investigated for decades, and it’s been shown that an increased intake of omega-3s supports the body’s natural anti-inflammatory response. A 2010 meta-analysis found that fish oil significantly decreased joint tenderness and stiffness in RA patients and reduced or eliminated nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (like Tylenol) use. Preliminary studies indicate it may have a similar effect on osteoarthritis.

A 2005 study of people with RA showed enhanced positive effects when fish oil supplements were used in combination with olive oil. Functional medicine practitioners may also utilize turmeric, ginger, boswellia and other specialized herbal combinations customized for the patient.

Turmeric has been studied most. In a study published in Phytotherapy Research, participants with mild-to-moderate knee osteoarthritis that took curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric) saw significant improvements in pain and physical function after six weeks, compared to placebo. Other research has shown turmeric extract was as effective as ibuprofen for knee osteoarthritis pain with fewer GI effects. A recent analysis of research published in the Journal of Medicinal Food on turmeric extracts concluded that eight to 12 weeks of treatment with standardized turmeric extracts can reduce pain due to arthritis compared with a placebo.

With the population living longer and remaining active into their senior years, constant and continuous anti-inflammatory supplementation, as well as knowing food triggers that will flare up inflammation, is imperative. If the inflammation is reduced in the joints, not only will patients feel better on the outside, but the inflammation will also be reduced internally; the same patients with joint inflammation may suffer from heart, intestine, brain and gum inflammation, as well.  

 Danielle Marra, DC, is the owner of Panther Functional Medicine & Chiropractic, located in Murrysville and Greensburg. For more information, call 724-387-1014, email [email protected] or visit 

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

Soulshine Holistic Pet-Sitting & More!



Looking for a pet-sitter who understands your "whole pet?"

Seeking a trustworthy caretaker to put your mind at ease
while you’re away?

Look no further

With Soulshine Petcare, your animals
receive holistic treatment,
leaving them relaxed, understood, healthy,
and cared for on all levels. 


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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