Diets-Fads to Try or Not

Posted June 23, 2019 by letrinh
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Hello All,

It has been a long time. First, a little housekeeping. I have been very busy testing out social media to see the best means of communicating my thoughts and health concepts. I am now on Instagram (@dr.lhoang), YouTube (Dr. FixMe) and people who subscribed/opted-in on my partners newsletter/email list ( are now getting free notices about my latest health discoveries; the newsletter gives quick, cheaper home testing click options than if you took the time to see a doctor, get a blood test, go back for follow-up and get a prescription or recommendations.

When my patients tell me they are trying this or that diet, I have to at least have tried it to form an opinion. Based on medical training and experience, and because I am a total nerd, I like to explain what I like and don’t like.

Vegetarian – I tried it once for 6 months. Was very surprised to discover that I had to get used to the smell of cooking meat and eating meat again. I came to the conclusion that we are supposed to have some animal protein because we have canine teeth. I also suspect that I was a protein deficient (if not mal-nourished) kid (3rd child, family fleeing communists and war). Now, in this aging adult body, after 2 kids, it could be stronger if it had a better start in life. When I was rehabbing my father (who was 88 at the time) and my body (from the two kids), I found that animal protein was the best at muscle recovery. I have tried egg, soy, hemp and brown rice protein powder-none of them matched the muscle pain and fatigue recovery quite like whey, from cow milk. Those canine teeth are made for ripping and tearing.

Pescatarian – Some of my patients opt for some protein in the form of eggs, milk, or fish. I find this little flexibility an immense improvement. I myself do not trust fish farming and do fear the accumulation of mercury in fish as well as chemicals (sewage) in the waters. Search the web for images of the Pacific Garbage Patch. View the polluted shores of some of the poorest island nations-it might turn you away from fish too.

Veganism – definitely, a protein deficient diet. I think this diet would kill me (because of my history). Great for people who are sick from EXCESS. Look to your own health situation and history and decide if it its right for you. I have 2 points to make about this: (1) I have seen a few very robust healthy bodies; I have seen more sickly bodies with medical problems – and they are deficient to begin with and they just get sicker only they don’t know it; (2) The main protein replacement is the… pecan nut. I have to share a 2 funny stories about this:

A holistic MD friend of mine was raving about the wonderful nutritious value of nuts. I trusted her over my own instincts as an itchy, scratchy, snotty and occasionally snorkelly mild nut sensitive allergic person. For several weeks my schedule was packed and I was working through lunch. To power myself in between patients, I went to Whole Foods and got a container of roasted unsalted pecans. After about 10 days, I started itching at the back of the scalp. Days, turned in more days, week, then weeks. My scalp is now squishy, itchy and hot. Switching shampoos and hair stylists did not help. When the last hair stylist scrunched up her face and said, “Your scalp is oozy. You need to see a doctor about this” mild indignation hit, and the light bulb came on. I stopped the pecans, and the rash went away.

There was a green health expo I was speaking at. I was wandering around the exhibits and saw an “Artesinal Vegan Cheese” table. Vegan cheese is made with…pecans. I tasted, it was so delicious. I tasted 2 more flavors. I did not bring lunch and kept going back. I sampled everything there was to sample. It was so delicious. I looked at the cookbook and seriously deliberated purchasing it.  I did not. The next day I woke up congested in my sinuses. The light bulb went on. God made every single nut in the world with 2 hard shells encasing the nutritious meat for the new plant. They are so hard that, in the natural state, only rodents with long sharp teeth can get to it. Enter human ingenuity to crack those two shells, process it to change its form and make it into something it shouldn’t be; disguising it so that most of us (allergics) should should be fooled into ingesting. Now guess what I think about almond “milk.” [I learned about that the hard way too].

More later on Paleo, Raw, and Juicing…

Age Them Out

Posted January 12, 2017 by letrinh
Categories: Pediatrics

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Hello All! It seems I have a few new people following my blog post.  My grand total now must be about four.  Ha-ha, just kidding.  I have not posted in a while because if I am going to say something I hope it is new material, new knowledge or a new perspective that you can not get anywhere else.  I hope to continue to provide value for your eyeball time.  A couple of days ago a new mommy came in to discuss my philosophy regarding vaccines.  She was educating herself and she needed guidance on how to navigate these waters.  She just lit up and found our discussion helpful and informative.  It occurred to me that I have only shared these precious tidbits for parents who ask one-on-one.  Below is a snippet of what I discuss in an interview.

Right off the bat, let me reassure you that vaccines do not cause autism.  Having said that, there are some systems/bodies/patients/kids who are so sensitive/ill/different that they cannot handle the stress load of and may be allergic to a vaccine, any vaccine, or any injectable drug.

Here are a few items we discussed: 1. age them out; 2. vaccine dosages; 3. industry creep (ha…in more ways than one).

  1. certain vaccines are recommended at risk ages; for example, rotavirus vaccine is advised to be given at ages 2 months, 4 months, and 6 months.  If a new 9 month old patient came in I would not have to “catch up” the patient.  If you look at the vaccine schedule, link provided below, you can strategize, breastfeed to protect, wait out the risk window and…Age them out – for HIB, for Prevnar; I do have a lot more to say about rotavirus vaccine (its history, it is a winter virus -what if you have a summer baby – hmmmm…)

2. an older child who needs to be “caught up” would be caught up with the same vaccine dose that the infant gets; think about it…a child twice to three times as big gets the same vaccine.  Relatively, the vaccine and its ingredients is a larger dose because of the smaller body.  Why not minimize risks and wait a little?

3.  Hepatitis B started out designed to protect military recruits and college students (and drug users), populations at high risk for a sexually transmitted disease.  When I worked at a medical center that took care of the women’s prison population, you better believe we gave those babies the Hepatitis B vaccine regardless of maternal status.  Now any baby born anywhere has to get it.  Hmmm…can you see the industry creep?

There is a whole lot more to say, but hopefully this gives you an idea of how I think.

How We (or is it just me?) Think

Posted January 10, 2016 by letrinh
Categories: Chronic Pain

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Two cases I want to share with you so that you can get an idea where it is I am now in the development/training in becoming an Osteopathic Thinker.  I am hoping that I am not the only doctor to think this way.  I am in my fifteenth year, so any new young DOs hoping to achieve near miraculous instantaneous results, you cannot think like a conventional doctor!  If this helps you to get there faster, great.  Keep digging on!

Several weeks ago I saw a new complicated but rather easy case.  I was really excited to help her figure out the puzzle of her.  She flew in from out of state to visit family and her family wanted me to consult her.  She has been having hip pain which is affecting her gait for the last year.  In the last several months her her right shoulder has been acting up.  Orthopedic doctors evaluated and recommended pain pills and a conservative watch and wait approach.  Two years ago, she had a partial right kidney resection for cancer.  She was born with wacky kidneys.  The left kidney is small.  The right kidney was a “superkidney.”  Her kidney doctors explained that the right kidney was compensating for the sluggish little left one.  I thought that explains the cancer.  All her life, the big one has been trained to overwork; it became so used to that pace of overworking that it tried to grow more kidney. The surgery completely threw her out of balance.  It yanked her left hip high (what i call the intubated left hip) and got it stuck.  So for the last year she has been walking around on imbalanced hips.  Her posture was also affected by the intubation.  So she has been bearing her weightload inefficiently forward and on the right for two years.  Now, her shoulder is becoming unhappy.  You can read about consequences of the intubated neck and left hip in my book, Osteopathy for Children, for a more detailed explanation.  I treated her and after an hour, she got up and walked looser, lighter and freer.  They were very impressed.  I wasn’t.  I have been doing this for years.  I do tell new patients that by the time they walk out of their first visit, they will know whether they want to come back or not.

During the visit, I surmised that the kidneys were disrupted in their development.  I suggested that her mother must have fallen when she was pregnant with her and did not know it, about 1 month, 4 weeks gestation.  The next day, she called me and her mother confirmed that that was the case.  She was thrown off a horse before she even knew she was pregnant. With this information confirmed, her kidneys can be saved.  I gave her names of several DOs in her area.  I hope her new doctor uses this info as I would.

The other patient is new by a few days but fortunately her mother came with her.  She has a large 8 cm ovarian cyst that the doctors insist must be removed.  Two years ago, she had surgery to the same side to remove a smaller cyst.  They told her that it was an easy procedure, that she would be up and about in 1 week (probably because she is young).  She said it took her two months to get out of bed. She was also born with a smaller left ovary and that the right ovary was perhaps overcompensating for the left.  I asked the mother if she fell when she was pregnant with her.  The answer is yes.  At 7 months, she slipped down two steps and fell on her belly.

Do you recognize the conventional approach pattern here?  She had a horrible recovery for a smaller cyst.  Don’t you think she’s going to keep making cysts?  They will cut each time after the fact and load her up with birth control to try to regulate and prevent their formation.  Isn’t that insane?  I like our approach better.  Get the truama out of the body.  How about that?

I hope that these two cases, however dissimilar, have demonstrated to you the common link of traumatic causation in one’s formation.  All your medical problems, from an osteopathic standpoint are connected and linked to events that have happened to your physical body.  Once you are tired of being sliced and diced and picked apart by the conventional medical system and you are ready to hear something else that can explain how you became you, that is the first step on the path to healing.


Heavy Legs II

Posted January 10, 2016 by letrinh
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Ok guys, hold on.  This one is gonna be a long one.

It seems that by far, human beings suffer from this the most and conventional medicine has been unable to address it to the satisfaction of the sufferers.

Once again, the reason you suffer the heavy legs syndrome is there is stiffness and tension in the deep muscles of the pelvis.  In anatomy 101 in medical school, we call this the “pelvic bowl.”  Just think of the walls of this bowl lined with muscles.  Because of a recent or past injury in adulthood, this bowl is distorted.  The muscular tensions are out of balance.  There will be a tighter side that, for most of the time, you will not be aware.  It is stiffer and is the apparent “stronger” side.  Most patients will complain of the other side.  This tends to be the side that is “looser” and “weaker.”   The chronic problem side is really the squeaky wheel that is hoping to get the oil.  It is freer, so it is doing all the work of supporting your truncal weight load, moving you forward in space against the downward drag of gravity.  That is a lot of work!  Over time, it becomes overworked; You go to the doctor and the xray is negative or maybe the cartilage looks worn and you are told that it is arthritis from age and “wear and tear.”  There is not very much to be done.  You are offered a pain pill or a cartilage supplement.

Finally, age and more trauma take a toll.  It hurts to move and so you are less likely to move.  But you have to eat and some of you really want to eat (in an attempt to self treat and stretch) and so you gain weight.  More weight distorts the pelvic imbalance.  Then it is all downhill from here.  Now, picture your guts and intestines plopped in this bowl.  For the women, imagine your reproductive organs in the mix.  All those imbalanced tensions begin pulling here and there on your insides.  It is an unusual patient who does not have bowel problems with those heavy legs.

On your slow heavy walk towards death (hey, aren’t we all heading there?), maybe you start to have problems regulating your salt and water balance.  Your hands may, but mostly your feet start to swell.  Then it gets really bad.  At this point, it doesn’t matter what changes you make to diet and exercise, you are King Sysiphus daily rolling that stone uphill, getting near the top, only to have in roll back down.

In a prior comment, someone suggested that in addition to confirming your suffering, I should help provide answers for what you can do for yourself.  I responded, “??<*&X#$%&, huh?”  How can I guide you safely, in a matter of a few paragraphs, to treat all your old past accumulated injuries?  It cannot be done.

I have found that patients who are open-minded, willing to learn and still seeking are willing to read my book, Osteopathy for Children, available on  This cheap easy to read, digestable book will help you understand my thinking on the mechanical human body.   Why should you read a book about treatment for children?  ….because it is a primer, Book One, on the philosophy of how we think about treating the human body and undoing all past old injuries.  At the end of the book, I give away a few of my newest and safest exercises for you to free yourself up, somewhat.  Book Three is actually the book you want.  I intend for it to be a big gigantic encyclopedia of how to treat yourself with specific exercises.   But I cannot do it on my own.  The demand would have to be there to make it worthwhile for the publisher to invest their time on it.

In short, you can relieve a little bit of that heaviness by treating the pelvis. It is in the book.  You also need to read the section on pillows and neck exercises.  If we correct the tensions from above to help you be more “plumb” and in line with your posture, those pelvic exercises will be easier and relief more apparent.  Good luck.

New Book & Rethinking Reviews

Posted November 25, 2015 by letrinh
Categories: Chronic Pain, Pediatrics

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Hello all,

My new book below, Osteopathy for Children, is now officially available on Amazon.  My publishers would like to thank you ahead of time for your 5 star review of my book that you will post here at

So far the direct feedback I have been given are appreciated.  Please feel free to comment however you wish.  For whatever you have to say, my feeling is that either extremes make the review more “real.”

For instance, when I read Yelp reviews and I see over 50 reviews of someone, and they are all perfect, I want to “call it BS.”  Of course they were prompted to do it, so it is all fake.  I have read my own reviews and applied my contrarian views to myself.  I have been advised several times to respond to the “bad” reviews because the professionals have told me that it really affects people’s decisions.  I have read other doctors responses to bad reviews and it seems like it is too much for me.

  1. if I have time to address every bad review, then I must be a not so good doctor because I am trying to reel in more patients; even the ones who can’t find the balance between the good and the bad.
  2. I really do not have time because I am too booked seeing patients.
  3. I could farm out the responses, but then it would not be me and that would really be fake.
  4. My worst review and my best were written without my being aware of them:
    1. the worst – people will just have to read between the lines to get a sense of the person writing it; it was a frustrating relationship for me too.
    2. the best – Thanks Hillary! seems to me so genuine because it is and because I did not even think to ask.  Man, what a compliment, I never thought was MIT material.



Posted November 12, 2015 by letrinh
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Several months ago, I went to a Green Festival Expo. One of the booth exhibitors was an “artisanal vegan cheese” company. Hmmm, that sounded good. I was hungry (never sample foods on an empty stomach). I tried a couple sample bites. It was delicious. I went back for more. Then I went back a third time. I tasted every sample they had out there. Initially, I thought, “Wow, this is wonderful. I am dairy sensitive so now I can eat this yummy cheese-like spread without problems.” I looked at the ingredients and I discovered that vegan “cheese” is made with cashews.
The next day, my sinuses started feeling full and I found myself clearing my throat. I thought “Uh-oh, I think I am sensitive to cashews.” As I thought about it some more, I realized the “wrongness” of what I had done to myself. What really happened was that I consumed a product that was altered from its natural form to deceive my taste buds into believing I am eating something I shouldn’t be eating. Maybe when we cook our food using multiple ingredients (herbs and spices) or go to fancy restaurants that make complex depths, flavors, and textures we are really trying to hide and deceive ourselves into believing that the raw food/protein isn’t the real original form, that it is really altered from how that animal/food should be raised. I used to watch Food Network and I always liked and appreciated it when a chef says that a good meat (this applies to vegetable and fruit) should only need a little salt and pepper. For this reason, I keep my kids vegetable side for every meal very bland and unsophisticated. I don’t believe I am “stunting” my children’s palates. They don’t need this experience this early. Do we, should we even have this experience as adults? Hmmm. Let’s think about this.

Big News -Book!

Posted November 8, 2015 by letrinh
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Hello all,

I am pleased to announce the arrival of my first book, Osteopathy for Children, available on Amazon or wherever books are sold.  With this book I hope to explain all the subtle clues often overlooked by conventional pediatrics and specialists for that matter. These clues are picked up by the astute, concerned mommies and brushed aside by doctors of the CMS.  Almost 200 pages, it should be digestable for non-medical people.  For the curious, the avid reader, for the tree-hugging, natural health types below is a great teaser.  This little girl is my patient.  Forty minutes after treatment, her whole face has changed.  Besides the obvious, there are 8 other features that are not normal for her.  Can you guess?  What happened to her?  Was she born like this?  How was this change accomplished?  How many treatments did she need? (only 12 with me, vision therapy did the rest, 60 sessions).  What is the end result?  No surgery.  Better depth perception, better coordination, ability to read and comprehend, school work not such a struggle.  I love what I do because she is now…free…to live her life the way it was intended…not needing me, not needing surgery (which would never have corrected the facial imbalances)…isn’t that just beautiful?

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