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  June 2017 Newsletter

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


Summer Open House Party!

How Poor Posture Leads To Pain

Dr. Anna felt sluggish and stagnant with workouts…. What to do?

How much do you know about your cholesterol?

Dr. Anna’s Gluten Free Recipes


From The Desk of Dr. Dawn Liu

As we move into the summer season of 2017, I want to thank you all for trusting us with your health care needs! We are so blessed to have the opportunity to serve you on many diversified levels.

Dr. Dawn, Dr. Anna & Dr. Ben are always here for your musculo-skeletal conditions, Jim is here to take a closer look and help you with your Nutritional and Functional medicine needs (patients have raved about his service ever since he joined us this year), and of course David & TJ are here to break you through any known or unknown emotional barriers to help you achieve any changes you desire and to attain your goals your way!

We are here to share the joy with you, with each and every breakthrough you have made, be it physical, physiological, nutritional, or emotional!  Thank you so much for allowing us to be part of your remarkable journey! We are truly blessed.

First, We have an important Announcement:

Our Next Open House Event on Health related topics and Delicious & Healthy Food Sampling is scheduled for Saturday June 3rd!

For those who missed our last Open House in February – you will not want to miss this one!  The February event was so well-received – between the insightful talks presented byour reputable expert speakers and the super-healthy delicious foodPlease click here to see a list of our speakers and topics!

We have received great feedback from our patients on Functional Medicine/nutrition expert, Jim Chialtas. So by popular demand, Jim will be back! And he will talk about the zillions of mis-concepts on Cholesterol – “Do you really a Cholesterol problem, or is it hiding something more important?” To truly take control of your health, you will not want to miss this one!

Our new doctor, Dr. Ben, is not only a certified ART doctor, but has also has been a well-sought out Fitness Expert and Trainer for 17 years before his doctor career takes off – you don’t want to miss out on his talk – “Key Secrets to Maximize your results with Exercises”.

TJ Ziebell is our new hypnotist who has made a good reputation among our patients with change works, and he will talk to you on “How to Finish what you Started” – I don’t know about you, but I desparately need this one – I don’t know how many times I have started something new on a great path – only to be defeated by not persisting, or at least not long enough for great results!  Weight loss or fitness, you name it!

Also by popular demand, our Essential Oil expert Amanda Neiley will be presenting to you “See Great Results with Natural Beauty products or DIYs, and to achieve a Chemical-Free Household”.  I can attest to that, as I definitely have some recent experiences to share on that – brief but powerful!

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 to allow 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 Spring Open House / Anniversary party, please make sure you don’t let this one pass!

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.

Dr. Ben DeLuca, D.C.
David Snyder L.Ac., C.Ht., MNLP
T.J. Ziebell, C. Ht
Jim Chialtas L.Ac

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 Summer Open House Party!!

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

312 South Cedros Ave., Ste 326

Solana Beach, CA 92075

If you DON’T see the registration link, please Click Here!

Stop by and relax on our spectacular, ocean-view deck! Enjoy some healthy and delicious cuisine! Play raffles and win big prizes! And of course, listen to our accomplished and talented doctors give beneficial and educational talks!

What you will get by just showing upDiscounts for our clinical services.

Raffle Prizes include: Free visits for our clinical services; Gift Certificates to the local shops and restaurants,  local Health Food stores,  Essential oils, and many More prizes to come!

Important: you need to Register and bring your printed tickets to get discounts for clinical services.

BRING A FRIEND and double your raffle entries for our prizes (doubling your chance to win!!)


The scheduled Talk Topics will be:

9AM – 10AM“See Great Results with Natural Beauty products or DIYs, and to achieve a Chemical-Free Household” – Amanda Neiley, Essential Oils Expert

10AM – 11AM:  Key Secrets to Maximize your results with Exercises” – Dr. Ben DeLuca, D.C.

11AM – 12PMHow to Finish what you Started – TJ Ziebell, C.Ht.

12PM– 1PM“Do you really a Cholesterol problem, or is it hiding something more important?” –  Jim Chialtas, L.Ac.

            RSVP Now!

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 How Poor Posture Leads to Pain

    – Dr. Ben DeLuca, D.C. – the expert of Exercises, Workouts and Conditioning

·        Masters of Seated Position?  Do you want it?

 Many of us spend up to eight hours a day at a desk working, without thinking about what is physiologically occurring in our bodies. It is a known fact that the human body is an amazing piece of biological machinery and is a master of adaptation, but because we are human, we have flaws, such as chronic neck and back pain.

The basic breakdown on why these conditions occur can be explained with an analysis of a sport like golf, for example. Anyone who has attempted this sport and stuck with it for any length of time realized that it is a long process to develop an effective swing.

You may remember your first swing: it was probably a bit awkward and inaccurate. However, over time and through repetition, their swing improved as a neurological pattern developed;

The same thing happens as we sit for long periods of time. We adapt, and essentially, like it or not, we become masters of the seated position L

·        How do poor postures become a habit?

Our bodies are dynamic and meant to move, and even though we adapt, it is not without adverse side effects. Think of your body as system of levers and pullies: as one side shortens up, the opposite side lengthens out. This is what happens when someone sits.

The muscles in their upper neck and shoulder area begin to shorten and pull your head forward causing tension. The opposing muscles in the front of their neck begin to lengthen, leading to a muscular imbalance.

Over time, the tissue becomes used to this state and muscles can develop adhesions, which can be seen in someone’s posture.

·        How do I break it?

    Ideally, the ear should line up directly over the shoulder. If someone were to draw an imaginary line from the shoulder to the ear, and it lands behind the ear, that means the head posture is altered. Think of an adhesion as little pieces of tension that can inhibit the normal movement and function of the muscle, leading to pain and dysfunction. There are solutions and ways to repattern these postural problems; one easy thing to do is to take micro-breaks from being seated.

     For those that have a pet, think about your dog or cat for moment: they are never told to stretch. They just periodically get up and do the stretches on their own. These mini stretching sessions help prevent the formation of adhesions in your pet’s muscles. Getting up every half hour and just moving around can help combat the formation of adhesions.

In general, muscles that are in a shortened position are more prone to the development of adhesions. The ART (Active Release Technique) treatment can effectively break down these adhesions by restoring proper length to the affected muscles.

·        How to make it stick?

A progressive and corrective exercise program can also help to restore proper posture to the body and decrease tension. This works in the same way the repetitive golf swing works by reinforcing the positive motion with exercises that promote proper postural correction.

    The combination of the ART treatment and corrective exercises is one of the best tools for long term correction of pain caused by negative repetitive behavior.      

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

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  Dr. Anna felt sluggish and stagnant with workouts…. What to do?

Dr. Anna was feeling sluggish and stagnant during her workouts. She was lucky enough to re-connect with Erin at Nutritional Frontiers and decided it was time to start taking their products herself. After less than a week on the performance and recovery supplements, she felt immediate improvement in energy and performance. Seeing these positive results, she decided it was time to start offering more nutritional supplementation to her patients. The clinic she worked at in Pennsylvania used Nutritional Frontiers as well, and she trusts their products. Nutritional Frontiers utilizes the best research available to provide the most effective, safe, and therapeutic natural solutions for patients.

You may have met Erin at our last open house and sampled some products.

From omega 3’s, to probiotics and Xflame, they have all the offerings to support an anti-inflammatory diet, which is what Dr. Anna has a certification in and a passion for. She is excited about the products and company. Check out their website, and if you have any questions please contact the office.

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 How much do you know about your cholesterol, and what really matters behind just the cholesterol levels? 

Jim Chialtas, L.Ac. – Expert in Functional Medicine and Nutrition

Vascular Disease continues to be the number one killer worldwide.  At the same time Statins (cholesterol lowering medications) are being prescribed in higher and higher amounts every year.  With millions of people taking Statins every day, one would think that vascular disease would be on the decline.  However, these medications are having a very small impact on the incidence of heart attacks.  Why is that?

There is simply more to the story than Total Cholesterol, LDL and HDL.  The basic “lipid panel” or cholesterol screen done through a routine doctor’s visit is NOT telling us enough.  PLEASE READ ON. 

SIZE MATTERS – cracks and balls…

Cholesterol is actually just a molecule that is packaged within little “bubbles” or particles we call HDL and LDL.  These particles carry the cholesterol in different directions. 

HDL is considered “good” because it carries cholesterol back to the liver to be processed.  LDL is “bad” because it carries cholesterol from the liver to the tissues where these little particles can get lodged in the arterial wall and cause plaque. 

But it is NOT the cholesterol within these particles that kills us.  It is the particle itself! A good analogy here to use – imagine the particles are balls, and our arterial walls are like sidewalks. 

And for the particles – the bigger the better!  Since our arterial walls are like sidewalks, it is easy to imagine newborns got the brand new ones with absolutely no cracks, so if you roll a ball down the road, it is not going to get stuck anywhere.

However for us aged folks, our arterial walls are like old and cracked sidewalks (due to chronic inflammation).  If you roll a basketball, it will still roll relatively smooth, but a golf ball, or marbles, will be very likely get stuck in a crack. 

Guess what, the cholesterol particles are the balls – basketball size would be much better for us than the Marble sizes, right?  So It is not the level of LDL, but the size of particles that carry LDL, that matters!

Furthermore, in the scenario of sidewalk and ball, what is more important to fix so your balls will not get stuck?  The sidewalk or the ball? I bet you will pick the sidewalk.  Fixing the cholesterol level is like trying to fix the balls and leaving the cracked sidewalks alone!!

Now you understand – Inflammation within the artery itself (cracked sidewalk) is ACTUALLY the most significant factors that needs fixing.


By now you understand that vascular inflammation injures the arteries, and working to reduce inflammation systemically does much more for the health of the vascular system than just lowering the amount of cholesterol within an LDL particle. 

So how do we know about our status of inflammation?

1)      There is a great blood test for measuring inflammation in the artery called hsCRP. This stands for high sensitivity C-Reactive Protein.  This test SHOULD be done on ALL patients.  This one simple test can offer a lot of insight into the inflammatory status of the person and can establish a bench mark for that individual’s cardiovascular risk. 

2)      But let’s go a step further.  Suppose you do have vascular injures (cracked sidewalks) and a lot of small particles (marbles), what do your do?  Well, it is important to find out how many marbles you have, right?

These small particles / marbles are called Remnant Lipoprotein (RLP) and can also be measured with a simple blood test.  And further more, cholesterol lowering Statin medications DO NOT help decrease these particles.  So far only natural compounds have been shown to decrease these small particles /marbles. 

3)      There is another silent killer which hardly ever gets tested for: homocyctein.  Homocysteine is an inflammatory irritant to the artery and can be a contributing factor for the “cracked sidewalk”.  You will not want to miss out by not testing it, because you will need to take the right measures to lower it!

TAKING CONTROL OF INFLAMMATION is the key – where to start? the right test

We offer a blood test from a great Laboratories that looks at everything I just discussed and more.  As a bonus, it even looks at Leptin which is a hormone that plays a part in how we register hunger and store or burn fat. What is even better is that they work with many insurance plans too.  The cost is low, and there is no reason to sit with useless cholesterol level tesing results without digging dipper to find out and correct your TRUE risks!

If you have concerns about vascular disease, have a personal or family history of heart attacks or strokes, or if you just want to be on top of your wellness and prevention, I cannot recommend this blood test enough.  This is a top notch cardiology panel without all the cost or fuss.  A panel like this provides a lot of valuable insight and could offer many options before needing all of those prescription medications

Want to take more control of your health, especially your cholesterol health! Call our office at 858-481-1438!

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 Recipe By Dr. Anna Phillips

From the Kitchen of Dr. Anna Phillips

Gluten-Free Buttermilk Pancakes

1 cup brown rice flour*
1/3 cup almond meal
1 tbsp arrowroot powder (can use cornstarch)
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk**
2 large eggs
1 tbsp melted coconut oil (or butter)
1 tbsp sweetener (I’ve used both honey and coconut palm sugar)
1 tsp vanilla

1. Mix the dry ingredients, set aside.

2. Whisk the wet ingredients well.

3. Combine wet and dry together.

4. Coat a large nonstick griddle or skillet with cooking spray/coconut oil and heat over medium-low heat until hot. Pour a 1/4 cup of the batter onto the griddle or skillet, leaving a few inches of space between each to allow for spreading. Cook until golden-brown on the bottom and beginning to dry around the edges, 1 to 2 minutes. Flip and cook the pancakes until the other side is golden-brown, 1 to 2 minutes more. Transfer to a large baking sheet and keep warm in the oven. Spray the griddle with a fresh coating of oil between each batch.

*This recipe is very flexible- For the brown rice flour, I have used a mix of flours including protein powder, 1-2 tbsp of coconut flour and a gluten free blend depending on what I had available and if I wanted to limit carbs/increase protein. If you decide to do this, then try to keep the overall ratios consistent (1 cup total of the combo)

** If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, take a cup of milk and add 1-2 teaspoons of lemon juice, let sit for 5-10 minutes and that will replace the buttermilk 🙂

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