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Dr. Teitz

"I am a middle aged physician who still fancies himself to be twenty something. Undergraduate training in Germany and medical school at USC in California. My postgraduate training was through UC Davis affiliated programs. I am board certified in Emergency Medicine and have practiced at Petaluma Valley Hospital since 2002. I am married with two great kids and love most outdoor sports as well as astronomy, foreign languages and juggling."

“Doctor Dude” is Dr. Frederick Teitz who has been on the PVH Medical Staff as an Emergency Room Physician since 2002.

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Dr. Rick Tietz on allopathic medicine 2017-03-27T14:00:35Z
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Is Your Appendix Really Useless?

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 7:00am
The appendix has been thought of as a useless remnant of evolution. Everyone’s got one and now and then and accept causing appendicitis. A couple of curious and intelligent scientist completed the study which suggests otherwise. Looking at over 20 species of animals, they found that The appendix had been […] 0

When Should Your Child Stay Home From School?

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 7:00am
When should your child go to school if he or she has an infection? The answer is not as easy as it seems. Infections such as colds are very contagious. Sure most kids do quite well with colds. However some children, especially those with asthma or more serious illnesses such […] 0

Dental Health Important In Pregnancy

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 7:00am
If you’re pregnant, your dental health can affect your babies well-being. This may sound of the wall but what goes in your mouth that is your nutrition can help with your babies nutrition. If you have bad teeth, you are more likely not to eat a well-balanced diet. If you […] 0

White Wine and Melanoma Connection

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 7:00am
Melanoma is much more rare than other skin cancers such as basal cell and squamous skin cancers. Unfortunately it is much more deadly than any skin cancer. It is estimated that about 16,000 Americans each year die from melanoma. By far the greatest but not the only risk is sun […] 0

Can Belly Pain Be From A Heart Attack?

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 7:00am
Wouldn’t it be great if all diseases presented exactly the way that they are described in medical textbooks? In medicine we call this a classical presentation. Unfortunately for many if not most diseases the most common presentation is not that way. The problem comes when patient ignore symptoms because they […] 0

More Medications More Interactions

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 7:00am
It is truly important that you take all medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. What if you go to say a specialist and he or she prescribes another medication? Be sure to let the specialist know what other medications you are taking. This is because there are many, many […] 0

Do Not Share Your Prescriptions

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 7:00am
Sharing medications might at first seem like a good idea. After all, medications especially prescription ones, are expensive and you need to see a doctor first to even get the medication. And it turns out that about 37% of Americans do in fact share prescription medications. Without a doubt this […] 0

Why Your Child Needs An Early Bedtime

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 7:00am
Early bedtimes for young kids,according to a recent study, decreases the risk of obesity later in life. About 17% of American children are obese. And obesity in childhood greatly increases the chance of diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and cancer. In the study it was found that 4 year […] 0

How Much Should We Exercise?

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 7:00am
Do you have to be an exercise fanatic to be healthy? Well a recent published peer reviewed study (which in other words means that its findings can be taken seriously) revealed that no you don’t Exercising as little as two days a week reduced the risk of dying, getting cancer […] 0

Smokers and Kids: Not A Good Mix

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 7:00am
Governments all over the world have enacted laws to try to limit the number of smokers. Not only smokers are at risk, but also those who live near smokers and thus are exposed to the harmful effects of passive smoking or smoke exposure. Children, who of course have no choice […] 0

Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 7:00am
There’s been some recent noise about vaccines and autism. There is concern about the preservative Thiomeresal being unhealthy for newborns and leading to autism. While it true that the number of new autism cases have increased, so too have many other conditions affecting kids including asthma and ADHD. Did vaccines […] 0

Bronchiolitis: The Basics

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 7:00am
It’s about that time of year where viral infections become more common. It’s not the cold that causes the infections; rather the cold causes people to stay inside more often. Inside we are closer together and thus more likely to transmit infection. One infection which is fairly common among younger […] 0

Males Are Not The Smarter Sex

Mon, 01/02/2017 - 7:00am
If you are male and have had some alcohol you are more likely to punch a wall. Why? Well for one thing males have testosterone, which does enable males to propagate the species but at the cost of otherwise doing stupid things. In my career spanning many years I have […] 0

A Ray Of Hope For SIDS?

Mon, 12/26/2016 - 7:00am
SIDS or sudden infant death syndrome is a horrible and devastating event. About 3500 babies die each year in the United States from SIDS. No one knows exactly what causes babies to stop breathing but there are several behaviors which have been shown to increase the risk of SIDS. Babies […] 0

What About Meniscal Knee Surgery For Middle Aged Patients?

Mon, 12/19/2016 - 7:00am
We all get old and guess what? with a little luck we all get there. One of the joys of middle age and beyond is arthritis. The knee is one of those joints prone to injury, especially with advancing age. One common injury is a meniscal tear, which involves damage […] 0

Interesting Facts About Left Handers

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 7:00am
Left handedness is relatively uncommon. About 10% of the population is left handed, which by the way includes me. Some are ambidextrous or able to use both hands. I am for sure not one. My right hand sits there useless and bored most of the time. Some positive things about […] 0

A New Device for Diabetes Treatment

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 7:00am
Control of blood sugar 24-7 is the holy grail of diabetes treatment. Good control prevents immediate complications of high or low blood sugar and reduced long term problems of kidney, eye, heart and nerve damage. In other words better control means a longer healthier life. Insulin is one way to […] 0

Startling Research: Drinking Alcohol May Lead To Sex

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 7:00am
A recent Japanese study asked the difficult, previously unknown question of whether consumption of alcohol causes sexual disinhibition (ie lead to sex). Yes, I realize this is a very tough subject, one in which there is not much to go on. So these intrepid researchers recruited 258 Japanese college students […] 0

Medical Nonsense in the Movie Dr. Strange

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 7:00am
Hollywood has a way of glamorizing medicine and the film “Dr. Strange” is no exception. In the movie, Dr. Strange, who is an accomplished neurosurgeon suffers a debilitating car accident. His hands after surgery are left with nerve injury and this makes him unable to practice medicine. At his physical […] 0

Basics Of Diarrhea

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 7:00am
Diarrhea no pun intended is a messy subject. Most of the time it is a self limited infection, caused by bacteria, viruses or protozoa. At times however, the diarrhea may be heavy enough to lead to significant dehydration and dangerously low levels of such critical electrolytes such as potassium. To […] 0

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