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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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Some Thoughts On Preventable Deaths

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 7:00am
One would think that since we Americans spend more money per capita on health care than any other nation on the planet, that we would enjoy the best health. Well, in many categories we’re not even in the top 10. Pregnancy related deaths put us somewhere above India but below most industrialized nations. A recent report by the National Research Council found that those of us still under 50 are more likely to suffer from chronic diseases and die prematurely… Read More » 0


Mon, 04/15/2013 - 7:00am
Flowers are indeed beautiful. Just think of all the flowers which have been the subject of many a poet’s verses! And what about the dozen roses, a reasonably sure way of getting many a husband out of the doghouse-at least temporarily. Yet not only do some of these objects of beauty contain enough dander to fund a small drug company’s allergy drug research, they also attract bees and other stinging insects. For most of us a bee sting is an… Read More » 0

Human Growth Hormone: Overprescribed for Profit

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 7:00am
Who among us would not like to look and feel twenty years younger? With the aging of the baby boomers a huge market has been created for purported anti aging treatments. This is not to say that basic behaviors such as exercise, diet and skin care don’t make a big difference-it’s just that like most Americans, we want a quick fix or if you will- a no effort,just take the medicine approach. And so arrives human growth hormone. This hormone… Read More » 0

Foods For Sleeping

Mon, 04/01/2013 - 7:00am
How well do you really sleep? If you are like many Americans, not that great. Among those things which can help you sleep besides Ambien and other potentially REM robbing medications, are certain foods. Yes, that’s right foods. You probably have had quite enough of all the fuss about cutting down on your total calories, especially carbs. Well, it turns out that certain carbohydrates-that is complex carbs may actually promote sleep. These user friendly foods are digested slowly in contrast… Read More » 0

Toothache Treatments

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 7:00am
Who among us has never suffered from a toothache? And why does that tooth have to start hurting during your long awaited vacation, away from home and your own dentist? Well, to help you cope with this all to often event here are a few suggestions: First of all, you can prevent many toothaches simply by brushing your teeth twice daily, after meals. You should use dental floss at night which helps remove those little pieces of last night’s dinner… Read More » 0

A New Treatment for Mucositis?

Mon, 03/18/2013 - 7:00am
Mucositis is a condition in which the inside of your mouth is swollen and feels as if you had just consumed en total that hot pepper. It often occurs in cancer sufferers, especially those who have head and neck cancers. Radiation and chemotherapy target the cancer cells, but with some nasty side effects including mucositis. Previous treatments for this disease have included pain medications, which help somewhat with the pain, but can make you dizzy, tired and constipated. So not… Read More » 0

The Problem With Mammograms

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 7:00am
Breast cancer is a leading cause of death for women. Mammograms can diagnose breast cancer at an early stage and in many cases save lives.  Why not just test every woman over, say 40, for breast cancer? Well, the problem is that any mammogram will not only have false positives (diagnose a woman with breast cancer who turns out not to have the cancer) but also pick up breast cancers which are minor and won’t cause any problems. A recent… Read More » 0

Can Aspirin prevent colon cancer?

Mon, 03/04/2013 - 7:00am
Wouldn’t it be great if a single, inexpensive drug could prolong the lives of those who suffer cancer or even better yet prevent cancer?  Well, such a drug already exists. Aspirin which cost pennies per pill has been recently shown to work against colon cancer. Certain patients with colon cancer who were treated with aspirin live longer than others who did not take aspirin. And those patients at high risk of developing colon cancer reduced their risk of colon cancer… Read More » 0

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