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Diets-Fads to Try or Not

June 23, 2019

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…