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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 2017-08-14T14:00:01Z
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A Solar Eclipse Warning

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 7:00am
This year on August 21 in many parts of our country there will be a major solar eclipse. The moon will briefly be directly in front of the sun and in those lucky areas with totality, the sky will actually briefly become dark. With darker skies and the sun hidden […] 0

Is ICU Care Always The Best Option?

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 7:00am
Do all elderly patients really need ICU care? What about those individuals who have endstage emphysema, advanced cancer or severe heart disease? For such patients palliative care might just be the right option. Palliative care will treat symptoms of the disease without going for a cure. This differs from both […] 0

Brain Aneurysms: What To Do About Small Ones

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 7:00am
Brain aneurysms can be very dangerous. Essentially, they are areas of arteries within the brain which for some reason or another are dilated. With the dilation, the wall of artery is not as strong and more prone to rupture. The larger the artery of course, the more blood which will […] 0

Do Females Make Better Doctors?

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 7:00am
About 44% of medical students are female, which is much better percentage than 20 or thirty years ago. Female physicians earn less than their male counterparts, but fortunately that gap is closing. Are female doctors better at their jobs than males? A recent study suggests that, at least for internists, […] 0

First Rules Of Bystander Assistance In Car Accidents

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 7:00am
Let’s say you are driving, and like every safe driver, are keeping your hands and eyes off your smartphone. In front of you, on a busy road or freeway, you watch in horror as another car rear ends the vehicle in front of you, causing that vehicle to flip. What […] 0

A Pancreatitis Primer

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 7:00am
Pancreatitis is a painful condition in which the pancreas becomes irritated. The pancreas is located deep in the abdominal cavity. Pain there is often severe and radiates to the back. Nausea and vomiting are not uncommon. There are many causes of pancreatitis. One of the most common is alcohol, which […] 0

New Treatment For ALS

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 7:00am
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS also known as Lou Gehrigs disease) is a horrible neurological disease. The ability to move, speak, and even breath is gradually destroyed as nerves are attacked. Up until now there was only one drug used to slow this disease down. A new medication was recently approved […] 0

Young Children And The Internet: Not Always A Good Idea

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 12:55pm
According to a recent study children between the ages of 6 months and 2 years who spend time on tablets and computers are more likely to have speech delays. The study involved almost 900 children, 20% of whom on the average spent 28 minutes looking at some computer generated screen. […] 0

When Is A Headache Dangerous?

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 7:00am
Not all headaches are created equal. Sure most headaches are benign and can be easily treated with Ibuprofen or Tylenol. What about the ones that might be more concerning? Below is a list of some (not all) “red flag” symptoms, which should prompt you to be seen in the ER: […] 0

What To Do About Finger Sprains

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 7:00am
A sprained finger is usually not a big deal. Who hasn’t at some time wrenched a finger? Yet occasionally, what appears to be a sprain might be much more. For example, a small fracture could easily be missed if an xray is not done. this fracture, if displaced might cause […] 0

Correct Seat Belt Use In Children Saves Lives

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 7:00am
A recent study published in the Journal of Pediatrics offers some really sobering data: Of the children who died in a car crash from 2010-2014, 20% were not buckled at all or the seat belts were fastened incorrectly. Most of the deaths occurred in the South. The rates varied quite […] 0

What Are Bladder Spasms?

Mon, 05/29/2017 - 7:00am
Bladder spasms can cause severe pains during before or after urination. Sometimes, these can occur after surgeries. Urinary infections can cause burning on urination and also bladder spasms. The pain is often episodic and is usually located right above the groin in the midline. Alcohol and certain foods at times […] 0

Osteoarthritis: A Primer

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 7:00am
As we get older, so too our joints. Years of wear and tear can lead to a condition known as osteoarthritis. This can affect almost any joint including knees, hips, shoulders, neck and hands. The pain is classically better in the morning after a night of rest and worse in […] 0

Thoughts About Obamacare

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 7:00am
Having health insurance is truly important for your financial well being and of course for your health. The number one cause of bankruptcy in this country is unpaid medical bills. Even more concerning, not having adequate health insurance is associated with increased risk of dying. This is because common diseases […] 0

Do All Patients Need Immediate ER Evaluation?

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 7:00am
Not only is ER care incredibly expensive, getting to the ER via ambulance is also expensive. In fact, most patients transported to the ER via ambulance are seen and then sent home. And a majority of patients who come by ambulance could have either been seen by their primary care […] 0

Sensitive Teeth: What To Do

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 7:00am
Just about everyone has at one time or another suffered from a sensitive tooth. Cold or hot fluids sends you through the roof and the darned toothache just came out of nowhere. Well, sort of. The most common cause of tooth sensitivity is periodontal disease caused by receding gums. What […] 0

France Just Banned Sodas At Schools

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 7:00am
France has just banned free refills of soda and other sugary drinks. Just why is this newsworthy? Well, it turns out that about 1 in 6 Europeans are obese and the rate is rising. Here in America the rate is much higher at about 1 in 3 (and 70% of […] 0

Are Female Doctors Better?

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 7:00am
As a male, I fully understand that I compared with females I am more challenged in areas of common sense, finding things (except for beer), understanding relationships and of course responding to criticism about my physical prowess. And yes I know that what I just wrote is a huge generalization. […] 0

What To Do After Cancer

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 7:00am
You’ve completed your cancer treatment and are ready to get back to normal activities. Here are few suggestions to keep yourself healthy. First of all make sure that you keep regular appointment with your primary care provider and if advised your oncologist as well. This is because even though the […] 0

Is Marijuana Good Or Bad For You?

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 7:00am
Marijuana is becoming legal in more and more states. Some advocates for marijuana claim that is without serious side effects which is not true. On the other hand those who are dead set against marijuana maintain that it has no medical use whatsoever which is also not true. Based on […] 0

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