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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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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

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