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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 2018-03-12T14:00:26Z
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Nail Fungus: Gnarly But Treatable

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 7:00am
Nail fungus is for sure unpleasant but at the same time unlikely to cause serious disease. Once the fungus gains a foothold on to the nail, then the nail over time becomes more and more deformed, with thickening, irregular shape and a chalky white discharge. The infection can spread to […] 0

Can Cellphone Radiation Cause Cancer?

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 7:00am
Can cellphones cause cancer? Well, in 2016 based on a study with rodents the answer was a cautious possibly. A recent published review of this study argues that it is extremely unlikely to develop cancer as a result of cellphone use. This study examined the incidence of a nerve tumor […] 0

Narcotics Are Not Necessarily The Best Treatment For Pain

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 7:00am
There is a huge opioid epidemic and over 30,000 Americans die each year from unintentional prescription drug overdoses. We doctors must do our part to curb this epidemic. An acute injury which is seen in the emergency room can be the start of a rocky road if prescription narcotics are […] 0

Epidural Injections

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 7:00am
Like many males, I think that I am still in my twenties. I ski, climb and bike with that in my mind. However, the reality is simply quite different. After my latest day of hard skiing, I developed some back pain, which despite stretching and the Tylenol/ Motrin combination did […] 0

Weirdly Spelled Eye Lesions: Pterygium and Pinguecula

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 7:00am
Pterygium are noncancerous growth which start in the white of your eye (sclera) and can invade into the cornea.UV light is the main cause of these growths. However, dry eyes and dust can lead to a pterygium as well. This usually occurs on only one side of the eye-the side […] 0

OMG: No More Fries?

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 7:00am
Bad news for those of us who love fried potatoes. 4,400 adults ages 45 to 79 were followed for eight years. In this time 236 died. Looking back at all research participant’s diets, it turned out that those who munched on any form of fried potatoes (read chips, hash browns […] 0

Eat At Home More Often

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 7:00am
I confess that I am not the greatest chef. My skills are confined to four dishes: spaghetti, breaded chicken, baked salmon and pesto. Lucky for me I am married to a woman who is a fabulous chef. We do go out to dinner and enjoy good food, but we don’t […] 0

Telomeres Are Your Friends

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 7:00am
Exercise has many, many benefits. How about aging more slowly? While walking a few miles won’t make you look twenty years younger, it could slow the aging process by up to nine years. That’s right-nine years! A recent study of almost six thousand adults revealed that those who exercised the […] 0

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