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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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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

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