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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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Whooping Cough Vaccine Recommended for Pregnancy

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 7:00am
Whooping cough or pertussis is making a big comeback. This year alone there have been about 32,000 cases reported, with 16 deaths. At greatest risks are those at the beginning and end of life (newborns and elderly) and individuals with serious medical illnesses such as cancer. What is whooping cough? It is a nasty infection, which primarily affects the lungs. Patients have a very prominent, difficult to get rid of cough and may have shortness of breath. At times the… Read More » 0

What Not To Do During Pregnancy

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 7:00am
I recently mentioned some activities which are good for pregnant females. Well, now comes six more, only this time six which should definitely be avoided during pregnancy. 1. At the top of the “bad” list is smoking. Not only is smoking almost guaranteed to shorten your life, it also has some major negative effects on the developing fetus. Just as it does in your body, it reduces blood flow to the baby. Thus, the placenta, which is the major source… Read More » 0

Medical Research and Gun Control

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 7:00am
Should doctors have a voice in the gun control debate? What does practicing medicine have to do with gun ownership? It turns out quite a bit. Any emergency room doctor who has worked in a busy inner city emergency department will tell you that gun violence-preventable or not-unfortunately is a frequent occurrence. And not all the gun violence comes from criminals. Law abiding gun owners can have relatives with mental disturbances, who can access guns (Sandy Hook as an example). … Read More » 0

Bulimia and Diabetes

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 7:00am
Type I diabetics are dependent on insulin to regulate their blood sugar. With proper control of insulin many of the serious long term complications of diabetes can be prevented. These include blindness, dialysis from renal failure, nerve damage and coronary artery disease. With so many potential serious bad outcomes, it is critical to keep the blood sugar in control. Yet, diabetics, like others who do not have diabetes, are not immune to other diseases. In other words, just because you… Read More » 0

You Can Have Fun in Pregnancy

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 7:00am
Just because you  are pregnant, doesn’t mean that you have to avoid almost everything fun in life. In fact there are many activities in pregnancy which are not only fun but also great for you and your future baby. You should continue to enjoy your life when pregnant, despite some of the less desirable pregnancy associated effects such as mood swings, nausea, weight gain and inconsiderate husbands/boyfriends. In fact, you will for sure love your newborn and love to be… Read More » 0

How to Get a Second Opinion

Mon, 01/21/2013 - 7:00am
Sometimes even the best doctors are stumped. This can occur with a common disease say migraines which takes an uncommon or difficult to treat course. And of course it happens with unusual diseases. Most start with their primary care provider, who as a generalist tries his or her best to diagnose and treat the disease. With time and lack of success the doctor refers to a specialist, who after reviewing all the charts and examining the patient will give it… Read More » 0

This Year’s Three Nasty Bugs

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 7:00am
This year is turning out to be a banner one, at least if you happen to be a pathogenic (disease causing) bug.  Three  are making a major comeback: H3N2, nora virus and pertussis. Before you press that panic button, you should know that all three are to a large degree preventable. Influenza is a illness you definitely don’t want to catch. More than just a “cold”, this bug makes you feel like that last hangover was a walk in the… Read More » 0

The Testosterone Driven Male: A Study in Stupidity

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 7:00am
Some time ago I wrote a few blogs about testosterone and how this hormone, despite claims by some uninformed males, often leads to incredibly stupid behavior. Common sense becomes victim of the overpowering urge to strut our male, macho feathers and this results in unfortunate outcomes. Just one month ago, a very good male friend suffered the consequences of such actions. This is not to say that this unnamed person is not intelligent, athletic and productive. It is just that… Read More » 0

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