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  September 2017 Newsletter
 September 2017 Newsletter

  312 S. Cedros Ave STE 326, Solana Beach, CA 92075  |  (858) 481-1438  |


The Next Best Step After Detox

September Open House


Leaky Gut – Why it is So Important for All of Us

Have Shoulder Pain? Get Help Fast!

Dr. Anna’s Gluten Free Recipes



From The Desk of Dr. Dawn Liu

    I cannot believe that summer is almost over! I wanted to take a moment to share my gratitude to all of you for your support and trust throughout! It has been an honor to get to know you, your families, and to have the opportunity to serve you all.

I hope you all have had a great summer! We had a great one, with our many changes to our Action family.

Many of you noticed that our previous staff Monica and Traci are no longer here. They both moved out of the state due to family reasons but are both still on staff with our office and are working on projects that they can perform remotely, thanks to modern day technology! It is so great to be able to keep our awesome team together, even though some are more than an arm’s length away now.

Please join me in welcoming our new staff Jessica and Nikki! Actually, neither are so new anymore – both ladies have been with us for about 3 months and many of you have already had your encounter with them, either in person or via the phone. They have been taking over the office and making many great changes to our operation, allowing us to serve you better and more efficiently!

Together with Linda, who has been with us for over 4 years and who has been doing tireless ground work for our day to day operation as well as at sports events, our Action Family is here to serve you the best way we can.

Dr. Anna and I are here to help you with your aches and pain and to serve all your musculoskeletal needs. Dr. Ben has decided to focus his practice at his old gym in 4S ranch, and if any of you misses him please feel free to ask us for his current contact information.

I have some good news for you; our Functional medicine/nutrition expert Jim is back in the office after his one-month leave. He will be presenting some very useful information at our next open house on Sat 09/16 – don’t miss it!

David is engaged in much traveling and teaching, but the good news is that his protégé TJ is here to serve your needs on any change work in his absence – please don’t hesitate to ask staff about his schedule.
We here announce our Fall open house! In response to popular request, the Fall open house will be a focused topic event as a Sequel to our July Detox event. If you missed the July event be sure to catch up with this one. The topic for this open house will be a natural progression from July’s Detox event, please read on and RSVP in order to reserve your spot as space is limited!

Please plan ahead for your appointments – Dr. Anna, David and I all have travel plans in September and October so please plan ahead and book your appointments timely to avoid delays in getting your pain and injuries taken care of. Thank you for keeping spreading the word to your family and friends that ART can be your solution to even long term, unresolved pain.

Bring them to the Open House party to enjoy our deliciously healthy food, as well as for Jim’s well sought-out presentation on Leaky Gut and Inflammation and how to take care of it.

Fall is here, kids are back to school, and you are back to your normal work schedule – be sure to get any unresolved problems, pain and aches taken care of so you will have no excuses from getting in really good shape before the holidays come, which can derail you easily if you don’t have your new healthy program well set!

Click Here To RSVP NOW!

2017 is an exciting year for us as we opened our door 11 years ago in the Solana Beach. I am so grateful to each of you for allowing me the opportunity to keep serving you for all these years, and for many more even better years to come!

For those who MISSED our Summer Open House and/or the Detox event, please make sure you don’t let this one slip by!
Again, thank you for entrusting your care to us. Call us anytime you have questions as to how to solve your pain and injury problems, and with any questions about our meetups, seminars and events. We’ll plan to see you soon.

Best regards,
Dr. Dawn Liu, Ph.D., D.C., L.Ac.
Dr. Anna Phillips, D.C., M.S.
Jim Chialtas, L.Ac
David Snyder, L.Ac. C. Ht., MNLP
T.J. Ziebell, C. Ht

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    The Best Next Step after Detox

    So far you have learned quite a bit regarding a good liver detox with a great anti-inflammatory diet and supportive supplements loaded with the right kind of vitamins and herbs.

If you have not got a chance to do it yet, it is a great time right now, at the end of summer and beginning of fall, when everything is slowly railed back on track after vacation, kids summer break, traveling, etc.

Here I want to make an important correction on an assumption brought up by a few patients: Should we stay on the Liver Detox cleanse (with the supplements / herbs) indefinitely?  Yes and No.

A Detox jumpstarts your health by initiating you into an anti-inflammatory diet and getting your body to respond.  Those of you who have done it or have been doing it have consistently been reporting 4-10 lbs. of stable weight loss and feeling much improved energy.

We naturally want to stay on what make us feel good, right?  Again, yes and no.  We definitely want to stay on the new anti-inflammatory diet that your body has become accustomed to. 

However, after you are stabilized on it for 3-4 weeks, you slowly re-introduce the food you cut out for the Detox following the guideline and do the appropriate monitoring and measurement as we discussed before.  Once you are sure what to keep and what to remove from your food list, you stick to it.

So for this part – yes, you stay on the anti-inflammatory diet with modifications – that is a permanent change.

But you DO NOT do the liver detox supplements / meal substitution indefinitely.  You do it for no more than 3 weeks at a time.  You can repeat it every 3 months, half a year, or annually, like a Spring house cleaning or Seasonal cleaning.  There is a good reason for that, and we will discuss that in the future.

So what is the next logical step after the Detox then?  After we eliminate many of the inflammatory foods in our diet it is time to Repair, Rehab, and Fortify our natural digestive and defense systems! 

Why? So the leaky gut problem caused by the intestinal inflammation can heal, the gut can become less susceptible to inflammatory attacks, and nutrients can be delivered to us much more effectively. 

If we use skin care as an analogy, then Detox is like the facial cleanse and the Repair is like the moisturizer and night cream you put on to hydrate and protect the skin.

Do you know that a lot of aches and pain in the body have to do with the weakened or hyper-sensitive immune system and that correcting it can help your physical pain quite a bit too?  Do you also know that leaky gut can be the culprit for persistent inflammation in the body, including joint and muscle pain? 

Do you want to find out how to effectively repair your gut and to transform your hard work on the Detox and Cleanse into an even more stable long-term outcome?  Come to our open house on Saturday 09/16/17, and hear our Functional Medicine and Nutrition expert Jim Chialtas present this subject in Depth!

If you are still on the fence regarding Detox and Cleanse, come to the talk!  You will find out more information on Detox as well as gut repair and restoration, since the two processes are quite intertwined.

Please click the link below to RSVP to our open house event!

Feel free to call our office for more information at (858) 481-1438!

  September Open House!


    Our July Liver Detox event was a HUGE SUCCESS, and because you all have been asking, we’ve decided to hold a BRAND NEW event all about What to Do AFTER Detox!

Are you interested in finding out the best next step after a good Liver Detox, which helps you stabilize the weight you lost, the toxin you removed, and possibly shed more weight by fixing your gut / intestines?

We can teach you the next step to your inflammatory food detox and SHOW you the best maintenance that you can do!

Come Join us:

When: Saturday, September 16th from


Special presentation:

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM:

“Leaky Gut – How is it related to Liver Detox, and why you might want to fix it! ”
– Jim Chialtas, L.Ac, Function Medicine / Nutrition Expert

Click Here To RSVP Now and reserve your spot!

Do you want to lose weight with an effective Detox, and stabilize the results permanently?

Do you want to learn how to get rid of all your inflammation related aches and pain?

Do you want to fix your Leaky Gut in the most effective and efficient way?

Do you want to find out how to repair and transform your body from the inside out?

Last time we taught you all about the liver detox strategies our doctors implement. This time we’ll teach you the logical next step to reclaim your health – the symptoms and treatment of LEAKY GUT SYNDROME!

Don’t forget to INVITE YOUR FRIENDS because EVERYONE can benefit from this IMPORTANT health information!

Click Here To RSVP Now and reserve your spot!

Come and join us on September 16th, and enjoy the best-tasting and nutritious homemade cuisine, as well as desserts that actually aid your Detox and repair!

When: Saturday, September 16th from


Special presentation:

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM:

Leaky Gut – How is it related to Liver Detox, and why you might want to fix it! ”
– Jim Chialtas, L.Ac, Function Medicine / Nutrition Expert

VERY IMPORTANT: Please Be sure to RSVP for your Share of Food!!

Click Here To RSVP Now and reserve your spot!

The event is September 16th, 10am to 2pm.

If you have any questions regarding the open house, please feel free to bring up the questions to our doctors, for a more personalized recommendation! Feel free to call (858) 481-1438! 

Click Here To RSVP NOW!

If you have any questions regarding the open house, please feel free to bring up the questions to our doctors, for a more personalized recommendation! Feel free to call (858) 481-1438

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 Leaky Gut – Why it is So Important for All of Us!

     Jim Chialtas

Is anyone else out there fascinated with the digestive tract… Or is it just me? And why on Earth would I want to talk about “Leaky Gut Syndrome” anyway? It is a rather eloquently named pathology, don’t you think?  It isn’t as graphic as the name might imply but that does not mean that it isn’t something to be concerned about. 

Going back as far as ancient Greece Hippocrates even realized that, “All disease begins in the gut!”  This ancient wisdom has only been built upon and is now much better understood.  In our upcoming talk we will be getting into much more detail about this condition regarding testing and therapeutic strategies, but in the meantime please read on and get a background of what we will be discussing during our presentation.

Quite simply put Leaky Gut Syndrome is no more than a nasty inflammation problem.  Inflammation of this part of our body can lay the framework for a great many different conditions to occur.  It is important to understand that the lining of the digestive tract is an extremely important part of the body, not only for the digestion and absorption of our food, but also as a barrier to the outside world.

Even though it is located within the confines of our skin, the inside of our intestinesreally is still technically the outside of our body.  By this I mean the food and nutrientshave not yet passed through the intestine and into the blood stream.

The intestinal barrier system is vital for keeping our reactivity to the outside world in check.  If something breeches this barrier the , can quickly act and stop the invading threat.  This being the case it is surrounded with a massive amount of immune system glands and white blood cells.  However, when the immune system is activated we have inflammation.  This is a good thing for a short-term threat but not when it is something going on every day or with every meal. 

In a healthy gut, the cells are packed tightly together to form the lining of our intestines. Once our food is broken down appropriately the very small particles are then actively transported through the lining and into the blood to be made into energy or used in some other beneficial way. Once the lining of the gut has become inflamed due to infection, drugs/medication/alcohol, food allergies, high cortisol, or a myriad of other things, the cells that make up the lining of the intestines begin to swell and separate just a little. This is called “Leaky Gut,” or “Intestinal Permeability.”  Once this has occurred there is no longer a nice tight junction between the cells, and slightly larger particles of food can pass through the lining. 

As I mentioned before, the immune system is only tolerant to very small particlespassing through this barrier. These larger particles getting through due to a Leaky Gut are now recognized as foreign invaders and an immune response is launched against them. And as I said, this response is inflammatory in nature. 

So, from then on you have a viscous cycle taking place. The more inflammation you have the more the intestinal cells allow larger particles to pass through leading to more inflammation… Do you see the pattern? Very quickly the things that you like to eat most become damaging to your system and you get more and more inflammation.

This is bad news! “Does that mean that I can’t eat my Hot Pockets anymore?” Yes, I think it probably does since the four most reactive foods are egg, soy, dairy and gluten. Sorry about that! And this does not even take into account all of the chemical and geneticallymodified food proteins that can also lead to gut inflammation.  So do you think that there might be some benefit in taking a break from these things from time to time and taking measures to help repair this extremely important barrier system?  We will talk about all of these things in our upcoming event. 

Most people think of inflammation as something that leads to pain like in diverticulitis or colitis if it is in the gut, or arthritis if it is in the joints. And it certainly can involve those things.  But people get into trouble when the inflammation is low grade and goes under the radar. The body recognizes this inflammation as a stressor and sets the person up for big problems like vascular disease, cancer, autoimmunity, weight gain, and many other chronic conditions

In fact, if there is ever a problem that the doctor just can’t figure out, chances are there is a gut inflammation going on in the background.  Leaky Gut Syndrome is often not noticed by the person, or may present with other symptoms that are not all that obviously linked to gut health, like brain fog, joint pain or fatigue

However, there are some fantastic blood tests which can screen for this condition and help us determine the best strategy for the repair of the gut barrier and for moderating this inflammatory condition. I look forward to explaining this testing in much better detail during our upcoming talk. 

If there is one thing that I want you to take home from this article it is this: The surface area of the gut is enormous and has a huge impact on health in general. Take care of your gut. Do not fill it full of poison (even if it tastes like Hot Pockets!) and keep an eye out for inflammation in the body. Just about all chronic diseases have their start in low grade inflammation, and once the gastro-intestinal system is inflamed, disease pathways are well on their way. 


Come and listen to our talk on Leaky Gut and how to diagnose and treat this all too common condition, Just Click here to RSVP!

Call us today for fast pain relief solutions @ (858) 481-1438

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 Have Shoulder Pain? Get Help Fast!

    Shoulder pain affects a large number of our population and almost all of us have had some experience with it. Severities of shoulder pain can range from a temporary discomfort to serious debilitation, but don’t worry! Our Doctors can help!

Shoulder Pain can stem from many problem areas.

We have solutions for

  • Rotator cuff syndrome
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Tendonitis or tendosis
  • Impingement syndrome
  • Arthritis
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Bursitis

Have you tried everything from stretching, ultrasound, heat, to electrical muscle stimulation without full pain relief and recovery? Are you tired of having treatment forever? Are you missing your favorite sport? Has your Doctor recommended surgery?

Problems of Conventional Treatment:

Almost any problems with your shoulder always involve multiple structures (joints, muscles, tendons or ligaments) in or around the shoulder joint.

Shoulder problems are also frequently intertwined with neck problems because neck and shoulder are so close to each other, not only regarding location, but also in terms of their biomechanical function. Many muscles bridge between the neck and the shoulders and there are many movements of the shoulders that require the help of the neck. Conversely, neck tension frequently causes shoulder problems as well.

This is why many of the diagnoses are interrelated functionally and why what you are labeled by your diagnosis may not be most relevant to how you should be best and most effectively treated.

How We Make a Difference:

Our highly specialized Doctors use a combination of Active Release Techniques with precise biomechanical diagnosis to help you get back to where you want to be as quickly as possible. No activities you enjoy should ever remain off limits once you have been effectively treated. Our goal is to help you resume all activities that bring happiness to your life.

Why does this work?

  • It takes your whole body into account
  • It most efficiently identifies and targets the key structure responsible for your problem
  • We treat the root of the problem, not just the surface
  • You get fast recovery from your pain
  • We give you the tools to maintain your recovery

We listen carefully to your situation and symptoms, analyze your case individually using our expertise in biomechanical diagnosis, and implement a unique treatment plan designed specifically for your symptoms and recovery. You will feel the difference within a short period of time, if not right away!

Come to our office and see for yourself how quickly you can be free from your pain and suffering!

For more information on Shoulder Pain, please go to our website or call us for a copy of the full “Shoulder Pain” article.

Call us for more information at (858) 481-1438.

 Recipe By Dr. Anna Phillips

If you’ve never tried one of Dr. Anna’s delicious home baked goods for yourself, take a look at these fabulous examples. 

Take a Look below for some tasty photos! Every month Dr. Anna provides us with one of her fabulous recipes! 


Now you can use Dr. Anna’s gluten free and grain free recipes to make your own delicious treats!

Mango Chia Pudding

  • 1 mango, peeled and chopped
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1.5 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds

Blend the first 7 ingredients on high speed until well incorporated. Transfer mixture to a bowl and thoroughly mix in the chia seeds, refrigerate overnight. Pudding will keep for 5-6 days.

*if you use essential oils, you can blend 1-2 drops of Thieves instead of the cinnamon and cloves to give an added immune boost!

**this recipe is adapted from

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