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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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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

Epidural Injections: Not Necessarily a Panacea

Mon, 08/13/2012 - 7:00am
Almost everyone has suffered from back pain, whether from that “brief” attempt to shoot hoops with your son or from just bending over to tie your shoes. Often there is shooting pain associated with this. The most common cause of this pain is a herniated disc. If the pain becomes chronic, it can be debilitating. One treatment for this type of pain has been epidural injections. This is where a small amount of steroid is injected into the space next… Read More » 0

What about cataracts?

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 7:00am
As we humans age, systems start to wear down. Sometimes with a little help from the surgeon the ravages of the years can be reversed. Such is the case with cataracts. Normal vision requires many areas to work: the brain, which acts as a command and interpretative center, the nerves to and from the eye which are in a very real sense info cables; and of course the eye itself. One part of the eye which is essential to clear… Read More » 0

Monkey and Human Brains and Hollywood

Mon, 07/30/2012 - 7:00am
Just how similar are human and primate (read monkeys and apes) brains? Well, if you were to base your conclusions on comparisons with certain unnamed politicians, actors or athletes, perhaps quite a bit. However, for most of humanity there are significant differences. Research in many areas depends on assumptions that similar areas in human and primate brains perform similar functions. In other words, if you move your right arm and a monkey does the same, certain neurons in the motor… Read More » 0

Appendicitis without Surgery?

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 7:00am
Just when you thought that there are some medical treatments which will never change, along comes some new research which blows the status quo  away. Appendectomy or removal of the appendix has, for over hundred years, been considered the gold standard and in fact the only treatment for acute appendicitis. A recently published study provides evidence that there might be another way. Researchers divided patients with early acute appendicitis into two groups: One group underwent the usual treatment-that is surgical… Read More » 0

What to do about abnormal labs

Mon, 07/16/2012 - 7:00am
You just had your physical and the lab results came back with a big Abnormal stamped somewhere on the results. You are quite convinced that your time on earth is short. Panicked, you call your hubby and ask him to take good care of the kids.  Is this a wise way to react to an abnormal lab? First of all, realize that most laboratories will report any result as abnormal, if this result is outside a predetermined range considered normal.… Read More » 0

Nursemaids Elbow: A Common Childhood Injury

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 7:00am
How many times have you, a parent of a toddler, been in a hurry? If it’s not to make the Yoga for mommy (daddy) and me class, it might be to drop the little one off at day care so that you can enjoy your hard earned hour or two of free time. Your little one, who for some odd reason does not seem to be as invested in moving at an accelerated rate, saunters, as he checks out the… Read More » 0

When to worry about a cough

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 7:00am
All of us have had a cough at one time or another. When is a cough something to worry about? Colds can cause irritation of the throat and airways, which results in a cough. Whether the sputum is clear, green or yellow really speaks nothing about the cause. Almost always this is a viral illness. What helps here might include tea with honey, salt water gargle, and a vaporizer. If the cough is particularly nasty and or is associated with… Read More » 0

Recycle Cell Phones and Save Lives

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 7:00am
Cell phones have changed our world dramatically. Not only do your teenagers spend every minute of every day tweeting, texting, checking the latest posts on facebook or talking, they also manage to do all of this on a small phone! Yet as the phones become more and more like computers, we rely on them for many, many things. Health care workers in particular use phones to gain almost instant access to a vast world of medical information: Medical books, guidelines,… Read More » 0

Confessions of an Aging Doctor

Mon, 06/18/2012 - 7:00am
Not only are baby boomers the largest generation in American history, they are (gasp!) getting older with the earliest members approaching 65.  And while the majority of its members-just like most Americans, don’t exercise enough or not all, there is a sizable minority who still pounds it out whether at the gym or outside. I belong to that minority of baby boomers, who, defying logic and common sense, fervently believe that their aging bodies can withstand the level of exercise… Read More » 0

Health Care Products Worth the Money

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 7:00am
In the last two blogs you have just read about ways to waste your health care dollars. How about health products that are actually worth the money you spend? I am writing here about items which you can purchase in your local store. You would think that I could easily come up with a list of at least ten things. Yet, I find myself scratching my head after just six. There are without a doubt zillions of products out there.… Read More » 0

Five More Ways to Waste Your Money

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 7:00am
Last blog I discussed five ways to waste your health care dollars. Here are the last five ways: 5. Skin lotions: Although many are “dermatologist tested” and heavily advertised, the overwhelming majority of these very expensive lotions will do nothing special for your skin. In fact, other than Eucerin or other similar basic moisturizing creams, all the fancy products added to the lotions will don’t prevent aging of the skin. Allergies to these creams occur and if you are one… Read More » 0

Five Ways to Waste Your Health Care Dollars

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 7:00am
Undoubtedly we Americans are a consumer driven society. We love to buy and do so at times when we really shouldn’t. Yet on other occasions we don’t buy when we really should have. When it comes to healthcare, we exhibit the same kind of illogical behavior: We go out and buy health products which are at best at waste of money and at worse downright dangerous. And we pass on great health related purchases. Here, taking a cue from Letterman,… Read More » 0

Passive Smoking and Hearing Loss

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 7:00am
If your teenager doesn’t seem to respond when you ask him  for umpteenth time to please stop tweeting, texting or engaging in yet another mindnumbing online game, it might not be that he’s not listening. Some teens suffer hearing loss from the usual culprits: turning that Ipod on max volume and blasting some for you indecipherable hip hop into unsuspecting ears. If you happen to be a smoker, then your kid just might be suffering hearing loss from passive smoking.… Read More » 0

Stepped on a nail?

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 7:00am
Remember how much fun it was to run barefooted, your feet brushing along the freshly cut grass? Remember also how your cosmic high was smashed to smithereens, as soon as your foot stepped on that rusty nail?  Puncture w0unds are all too common. For the most part these wounds are relatively benign, but some caveats are in order. Believe it or not, you are better off if you stepped on something without shoes rather than with shoes. Why? The object,… Read More » 0

Stretching: The Bottom Line

Mon, 05/14/2012 - 7:00am
I have nothing against stretching. In fact I spend about five minutes after running, biking or walking  with various stretches. I try not to bounce, which is a common mistake among males, who for God knows why, seem to think that briefly touching the toes (or for those of us who can’t quite make it there, perhaps the ankles) demands bouncing upward again and again. I have also tried yoga, which for a middle aged guy may have not been… Read More » 0

Should I Care About A Mallet Finger?

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 7:00am
Fingers are really important. Just think for a moment of all the tasks that your fingers do. Since these little guys have so many functions, they have evolved to have extensive nerves, muscles and joints. Unfortunately, with all this complexity comes a greater chance of injury. One of the injuries involves the end of the finger. If a crush injury occurs right over the end joint or DIP as its nom de guerre is known, it could tear the attachment… Read More » 0

TV and Chitos: The Ugly Truth

Mon, 04/30/2012 - 7:00am
Watching TV may actually shorten your life span. Granted, the dramatic soap operas, the cheesy commercials and the overpaid yet under skilled actors contribute to a less than stellar experience. But for God’s sake: ESPN? Mash reruns? Saturday night live? Sedentary behavior, ie sitting and not doing much else has been associated with a greater risk of death. How much or rather how many years lost had never before been studied-until recently. Well, a study in Australia contains some disturbing findings.… Read More » 0