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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 2017-11-13T15:00:34Z
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The Future of Stem Cells

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 7:00am
Stem cells are pretty amazing. These dudes are the chameleons of the body. They can transform themselves into virtually any type of cell, whether it a pacemaker cell in the heart or a cell in the bone. At birth there a quite a few of these stem cells. However, as we age, these cells like many other things in our body, just fade away and are much harder to locate. What’s the big deal about these cells? Well, for one… Read More » 0

Misleading Drug Advertisements

Mon, 12/24/2012 - 7:00am
Hard to believe, but most advertisements from the multibillion dollar drug industry actually are misleading. A recent study examined pharmaceutical advertisement geared toward doctors and found that only mon Dieu! a paltry 18% actually conformed to FDA guidelines. These guidelines were recently set up in order to identify the ‘bad ads” or those ads which did not conform to the guidelines. What were some of the issues? Well, critical information was often conveniently left out.  Articles referred to references, which… Read More » 0

A New Way to Stay Away from Fritos

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 7:00am
If, dear readers, you are anything like me, than the mere sight of  carrot cake, the smell of freshly barbecued meats or the taste of home canned jam is enough to drive you crazy. The problem is that these delightful sensations send signals to the brain, which in turn gears up the system for yet more food. As a nation where most are overweight, this may not be such a good thing. After all, we are no longer cavemen in… Read More » 0

Are truck drivers healthy?

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 7:00am
No big surprise that perhaps the unhealthiest profession is truck driving. It’s not the exhaust from the truck; nor is it the long hours that really make these guys and gals be unfit. No, it is the fact that the job involves sitting for very long periods and then stopping at truck stops-where guess what? The selection basically involves fast food galore. Even for the most sedentary desk worker, the opportunity exists to get up and take a few laps… Read More » 0

The Gold Standard for Research

Mon, 12/03/2012 - 7:00am
To me it comes as no surprise that researchers paid by pharmacy companies report positive results. In fact 80% of studies sponsored by pharmacy come out with findings favorable to the drug or device studied. It is highly unlikely that only 20% of the results are negative. There is a movement afoot to have pharmacy corporations pay into a general fund, which in turn would hire the researchers. This, it is hoped would reduce the all too human urge to… Read More » 0

Eat less live longer?

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 7:00am
Several years ago a study appeared, which found that following a very low calorie diet might in fact lead to a longer life. Almost immediately, enthusiastic followers, including even some scientists, took up the study’s findings: They followed a rigid diet, which was several hundred calories short of what the body actually required. They lost a lot of weight and I am quite sure were not running any marathons. Their hope, of course, was to live longer. Fast forward several… Read More » 0

Falls from Windows: Preventable Accidents

Mon, 11/19/2012 - 7:00am
On the average about 5,200 kids fall out of windows each year. This number has been decreasing over time, but still about 0.2% died and 6.5 % occurred from falls greater than 2 stories. Not surprisingly, a majority were boys. What helped drive the decline are programs such as in New York and Boston, which for high rise buildings, require window guards and locks. These cities have posted an impressive decline in injuries. Younger children suffer more head injuries and… Read More » 0

Hepatitis C: A Future Tsunami

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 7:00am
Hepatitis, or inflammation of the liver, can be caused by many things, which is one reason why it is takes so long to become a doctor: You have to at least know the most common causes and most facts about these causes, which, along with anatomy, burns a lot of time. Hepatitis C (thank God not named after some obscure European dude with a horribly long, difficult to spell last name) afflicts many Americans. It is caused by a nasty… Read More » 0

Truvada: Can this medication prevent HIV?

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 7:00am
HIV is a terrible disease that affects over 33 million people worldwide. In developed countries it occurs primarily in gay and bisexual couples, whereas in the third world, HIV is seen foremost among heterosexual couples. There have been huge advances in HIV treatment and, at least in America, the disease often is chronic with patients living decades beyond the initial diagnosis. Still, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. To date other than sexual abstinence (which  is… Read More » 0

Qysmia: A New Diet Pill

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 7:00am
For those Americans who are obese or overweight-and that unfortunately includes about 70% of the population-the FDA has recently approved a new weight loss pill. In one sense, it is new. In fact Qysmia is only the third diet medication on the market. However, it is really just a combination of two older medications. The pill is called Qsymia, a name which not only is difficult to spell  and to pronounce, but also begs the question: What were they thinking,… Read More » 0

A New Drug For Strokes and Heart Attacks?

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 7:00am
What do an obscure chemical called nitric oxide and healthy blood vessels have in common? It turns out quite a bit. Nitric oxide dilates blood vessels. This property makes it attractive as a therapy for patients with diseases affecting the blood vessels. Researchers in Italy, who in their off time probably enjoyed homemade pasta and exciting soccer games, conducted these studies. One example are patients who have suffered strokes as a result of not enough blood supply to the brain.… Read More » 0

Disturbing Adult Consequences of Childhood Spanking

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 7:00am
As a child, I was never spanked or punished in any physical manner. To be sure I got my share of punishment, well earned I might add. My father was very creative in meting out punishment. When I was caught red handed listening  on a private  conversation between my sister and her boyfriend, my father took down the door from my room and left it that way for over a month. This was, he said, to let you know firsthand… Read More » 1

Chemotherapy and the Heart

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 7:00am
As if having cancer isn’t bad enough, cancer survivors suffer significant added risks of heart damage. Why? The drugs used to treat cancer often have bad side effects on the heart. What’s worse is that these side effects may occur immediately or up to years later. Some of the cancer drugs can stiffen the arteries, making heart attacks more likely. Others can weaken and alter the structure of the heart muscle, a condition called cardiomyopathy. Either of these heart problems… Read More » 0

Contact Lens: The Basics

Mon, 10/01/2012 - 7:00am
Contacts, I believe, were developed in order to allow the visually impaired public to avoid glasses. Why? Glasses are hard to clean, scratch easily, get stepped on, run over by vehicles and most importantly can be nerdy. Contact lens wearers often swear by them. After all, no glasses and well, you can see. You can even change the colors so that your eyes now appear a sexy blue rather than a nondescript brown. Many of the contacts are disposable, which… Read More » 0

The Advantages of Honey

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 7:00am
Honey not only tastes great, it is also great for you. Honey contains sugar in the form of complex carbohydrates, which simply put, means that it takes your body awhile to digest it. This in turn allows for your metabolism to offset the sugar load. Contrast this with the ever present corn syrup, which is basically sugar water. This ingredient, added to just about every processed food including even some lunch meats, will jack your blood sugar up higher and… Read More » 0

Can We Treat the Common Cold with Probiotics?

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 7:00am
Not all bacteria are bad boys. For example, the bacteria in your gut help regulate digestion and prevent superbugs from taking over. It is well known that when taking antibiotics,  gut bacteria are decimated. This in turn may lead to other bacteria taking advantage and causing nasty infections such as enterocolitis.  Since antibiotics are overprescribed, the need for probiotics is huge. Studies have established that taking probiotics will help prevent such gut infections, especially after a course of antibiotics. Just… Read More » 0

Science vs Experience in Medicine

Mon, 09/10/2012 - 7:00am
Most people think of medicine as a science. Just think of the new medicines investigated, the CT and MRI scanners, the human genome research, the organ transplants and the list goes on and on. Still, medicine is as much an art as it is a science. Most doctors are clinicians-that is they treat patients rather than solely participate in research. There are to be sure extensively researched guidelines for how to treat certain conditions. Yet, what these guidelines fail to… Read More » 0

Bird droppings: A Source of Resistant Bacteria

Mon, 09/03/2012 - 7:00am
What do seagull droppings and resistant bacteria have to do with each other? It turns out quite a bit. Researchers in Paris, who for some unknown reason, freely chose to study seagull feces, found that a significant number-about 8%-harbored resistant E coli.  They collected their specimens on Miami beaches (ok, maybe that’s why some Paris based researcher would want to study bird feces. Geeze-I could fly to Miami,  instead of suffering through yet another dreary Paris winter.) What this means… Read More » 0

The Battle of the Sexes: Women Rule

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 7:00am
Just who is more healthy men or women? Well, not suprisingly at least in this country, it appears that women have the edge. For one thing, women live on the average 4.9 years longer than men. Men live on the average 76.2 years; women 81.1. Guess what guys? That testosterone, which makes us strut our stuff, act like idiots and have no common sense-it’s not that great either in helping us live longer. And by the way, having to hear… Read More » 0

A Tribute to Dr. Gleber

Mon, 08/20/2012 - 7:00am
From time to time you meet someone, who just seems to have been around the planet a few times, an old, wise soul. When you meet this person, you  try to take some of that person’s wisdom with you. Sometime in the future you just might be the one, who in turn passes on that wisdom. Such was the case with Dr. Eileen Gleber, who recently passed away from cancer. She was truly a Mensch, a caring individualwho loved her… Read More » 0