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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 2018-01-15T15:00:26Z
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Dog Bites

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 7:00am
What should you do if you are bitten by a dog? Well, dog bites are actually less likely to become infected compared with cat or human bites. In fact, human bites have the highest infection rate of all. Everyone worries about contracting rabies from a dog bite. Other than dogs […] 0

Ski And Ride With Your Helmet

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 7:00am
The other day I went skiing and on the slopes I noticed that while most skiers/snowboarders wore helmets, there were quite a few who did not. Helmets protect some valuable real estate-namely your brain. The likelihood of suffering a serious brain injury after a crash (and by serious I mean […] 0

Drones Could Save Lives

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 12:00am
For persons who have a cardiac arrest (heart does not pump any blood) surviving this requires that the heart be restarted as soon as possible. In fact, if even more than 3 minutes elapse without a functioning heart, then the odds of surviving are slim. Even more sobering: With a […] 0

Be Married And Be Sane

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 7:00am
For some the following might seem counter intuitive; for others it is obvious. A recent study showed that being married is associated with a decreased risk for dementia. Yes, let me repeat that: If you are married, then you will be less likely to suffer from dementia. Why that is […] 0

What To Do About Mouthwash

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 7:00am
We have all been told to not only brush our teeth regularly but also to use mouthwash. Yes, the obvious benefit of mouthwash is to avoid that embarrassing condition of bad breath or halitosis (the medical term, which sound better). To make it even more important, there are studies out […] 0

Marijuana and Dogs: Not A Great Thing

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 7:00am
There’s a new hazard for dogs out there and it’s human caused. Many states have legalized marijuana, with the result that more and more people are smoking or eating this product. Cities with larger populations have of course more marijuana users. What happens to the marijuana leftover joints? The same […] 0

Blood Count Not Perfect

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 7:00am
Blood counts or CBCs are commonly ordered for babies under two months with fever. The WBC or white blood cell count has been thought to be a good test. High or low white blood cell counts with increase in the number of neutrophils or cells which rise during infection, would […] 0

Reasonable Gun Control

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 10:00am
America is in love with guns. However mass shootings like the recent tragedy in Las Vegas continue to occur. The issue is politically charged and with the NRA opposed to any sensible gun reform, such shootings unfortunately will continue to occur. About 30,000 people die in America each year from […] 0

Strokes: More Common In Younger People

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 7:00am
When you think of strokes, you think of older individuals not someone, say in their 30s or 40s. Yet younger people are having more strokes. Why? The rates of obesity, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and diabetes are unfortunately becoming more common among patients 20 to 65. Obesity is itself […] 0

Expensive Drug Prices

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 7:00am
Prescription medication isn’t always cheap. Sure, for those of us fortunate enough to have insurance, at least some of the costs are covered. Still, out of pocket money can amount to hundreds of dollars monthly or even more. Some but not drug companies will offer special discounts for qualified patients, […] 0

Cauda Equina Syndrome: Confusing Name, Awful Consequences

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 7:00am
Most of us at some time in our lives will suffer from back pain. In the majority of cases the pain after laying off the weights, holding off on the 10k runs and yes losing some weight will subside. There is however a rare condition which, if left untreated, can […] 0

Concussion Care Part 2

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 7:00am
Concussions from head injuries are unfortunately all too common. Having too many (and no one really knows what that magic number is) can lead to permanent brain damage with seizure and personality changes. After a head injury which knocks you out or causes a severe headache, nausea vomiting or confusion, […] 0

Short Term Steroids Have Risks

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 7:00am
Steroids are taken for many reasons and have some serious side effects. However, up until recently short term steroids were felt to be pretty safe. Short term steroids that is for under a week, are used for respiratory infections, skin allergic reactions and asthma among many other things. These steroids […] 0

Smell Your Food And Gain Weight?

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 7:00am
Who doesn’t love to smell food before you eat it? Just imagine a grilling a steak on the barbecue and that delicious barbecue flavor! Well, according to a recent article, smelling food, at least for mice, leads to more weight gain. In this study mice were fed a fatty diet. […] 0

Avoid Outdoor Activity On Smoky Days

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 7:00am
Wild fires are more common than ever, especially with global warming (and yes global warming is a fact and not fake news!). The fires make the air smoky, which can irritate your airways. The result for most people is a cough, sore throat, itchy eyes and headache However, for those […] 0

When Urine Infections Are Serious

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 7:00am
Can a urine infection really make you weak? After all, it is just some bacteria in your bladder which can easily be treated, right? The answer is that most of the time a UTI or urinary tract infection is easily treated and other than some burning, frequency of urination with […] 0

Coconut Oil Is Not That Great For You

Sat, 09/02/2017 - 7:00am
Coconut oil sounds good, after all it is from coconuts which grow on these awesome tropical islands. And 72% of Americans, according to a recent poll, think the same. Unfortunately, coconut oil is not at all that healthy. It raises LDL cholesterol or the bad boy of cholesterol, which increases […] 0

Some Not So Serious Causes Of Chest Pain

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 7:00am
if you have chest pain, generally you should go to the ER right away. However, there are some causes of chest pain which, believe it or not, are relatively benign. For example, pain from stomach ulcers or reflux of acid from the stomach into the esophagus can give you chest […] 0

Exercise Is OK After A Concussion

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 7:00am
Concussions are unfortunately fairly commonly seen, especially after sport related injuries. There is agreement that contact sports should be avoided and the length of time recommended varies widely. What about non contact sports such as biking,running and swimming? Well, a recent study showed that exercising does not by itself make […] 0

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