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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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A Bizarre Medical Study

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 7:00am
Every so often I come across a study which is for lack of better words bizarre. One such study was done in 1995, which to be fair is quite some time ago, but it’s findings are still fascinating and if nothing else make for great conversation. The study has been […] 0

Less Invasive Surgery For Obesity

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 7:00am
Diet and exercise are always the best recipe for weight loss. Sometimes- morbidly obese patients may not be able to lose enough weight. Surgeries such as gastric banding and gastric bypass can then be done and are effective. Still like everything else in life there is no free lunch in […] 0

Star Trek Medicine: Pharmacy On Demand

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 7:00am
Imagine that a system the size of a refrigerator that could manufacture medications. This system could be placed in doctors’ offices and at hospitals. Were a shortage of a certain medication to occur (which by the way happens more often than you think) then these devices could supply enough until […] 0

Alzheimers: Too Many Medications?

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 7:00am
It certainly does seem to be true, that the older we are the more medications we take. Yes, medications are sometimes necessary to treat our diseases. However, more is not necessarily better. And we should be careful about telling each and every doctor that we see about all the medications we take. This is especially true for seniors with dementia,who due to their disease, are often not able to give an accurate medication list. They are shuttled from doctor to… Read More » 0

Concussion in Young Athletes

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 7:00am
Concussions are unfortunately all too common in high school sports, especially football. Without a doubt a concussion is not just a minor bump on the head with no consequences down the road. In fact the NFL is now struggling with how to prevent CTE or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a devastating brain disease which results from repeated head injuries. Even a simple concussion carries risks of personality changes, loss of smell and risk for CTE down the road. Second impact syndrome,… Read More » 0

Stop Chewing Tobacco In Major League Baseball

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 7:00am
Major league baseball needs to ban chewing tobacco use by all players. Presently, chewing tobacco is banned only at certain stadiums.Minor league baseball already has bans in place. Why should this happen? After all,players are adults and should be able to chew tobacco if they want, right? Well,millions and millions of Americans watch and idolize these players and over a million of these fans currently chew tobacco. Major league baseball has already banned smoking cigarettes during games, so why not… Read More » 0

What To Do With Skin Cuts?

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 7:00am
Do you need sutures for every cut? Of course not! Some gashes especially those under 2 cm or a little less than an inch usually don’t need anything except some soap water and a bandage. Of course if you see some funny things underneath which could be anything from a tendon, nerve or bone to a pebble, then you might need to see us. Ditto if you have diabetes, are on chemotherapy or are in general poor health. What about… Read More » 0

What In God’s Name Is A Subungual Hematoma?

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 7:00am
Our hands have evolved as powerful tools to explore the world. Along with these amazing body parts are included many, many nerves. In fact other than the tongue, our fingertips have the greatest concentration of nerves anywhere in the body! More nerves unfortunately means more pain when structures nearby are injured or inflamed. A small cut on your forearm or leg for example won’t be nearly as painful as the same cut on your fingers. A skin infection in your… Read More » 0

A Brief Primer On Blood Thinners

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 7:00am
Blood thinners play a very important role in treating conditions in which blood clots cause strokes, heart attacks and breathing problems. They work in different ways. Some will prevent the body from making blood clots. Others will help break the clots down when they are formed. Still others will prevent platelets from sticking together and helping form clots. Newer versions are more expensive but easier to dose. Whatever the mechanism, these medications are powerful and effective if used for the… Read More » 0

Profits and Chemotherapy

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 7:00am
Should cancer doctors be paid more when more expensive cancer drugs are given? Absolutely not! Yet the government has been doling out money this way for years. Medicare Part B pays for drugs. When cancer doctors or oncologists administer chemotherapy in their office, they are currently paid about 6% of the price of the drug plus a little more. What that means is that if the oncologist chooses a drug which costs say $ 100 he or she will be… Read More » 0

Vagal Nerve Stimulation For Weight Loss

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 7:00am
There are many treatments out there for weight loss, which involve either taking medications or surgery such as gastric bypass. Ideally,diet and exercise should be tried first before starting any medications or undergoing surgery. Recently a novel device for weight loss has been approved. This is an electric stimulator which essentially sends small bursts of electricity through wires. These wires are attached to electrodes. Finally, the electrodes are attached to the skin and the energy is transferred to the patient.… Read More » 0

Sialolithiasis: Funny Name Common Condition

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 7:00am
Sialolithiasis is one of those conditions which have a funny, hard to spell and pronounce name but which is simple to explain. Sialolithiasis means stone in the salivary duct. The salivary glands are located near the tongue and secrete saliva through the ducts. if a stone forms in one of the ducts, it can cause obstruction of the duct. The gland, not aware that there is something blocking the flow of saliva, continues to put out more saliva. This in… Read More » 0

Hypothermia After Successful CPR

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 7:00am
Hypothermia or low body temperature is used in patients, whose heart has stoppped and then was restarted. If the patient still remains unconscious, this usually means that the brain did not get enough oxygen during the time the heart was stopped. If nothing is done to help out the brain other than usual measures such as giving oxygen and supporting normal vital signs, then the brain is more likely to be permanently injured. The result is a patient who survives… Read More » 0

How to Control Pain in Children

Mon, 02/29/2016 - 7:00am
When adults undergo painful procedures, we doctors place an iv and can give medications through the iv to relieve the pain. What about kids? Sure you can put an iv and give them medications as with adults, but even putting the iv in is painful and anxiety producing. For newborns up until about a month or two of life, having the baby suck on a sugar stick works as well if not better than narcotics. This is not suprising, considering… Read More » 0

Burned out ER doctors?

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 7:00am
Emergency medicine can be a very trying career. I should know. I’ve been at it for almost 30 years! I still enjoy the ER-making a difference in patients’ lives, thinking on my feet, solving complex problems (or at least trying to) and of course meeting some great people, both patients and health care team members. Still, there are times when I wonder, what in God’s name was I thinking? Awful hours, not being able to cure everything and dealing with… Read More » 0

A Primer On Thrush

Mon, 02/15/2016 - 7:00am
There are some nasty bugs out there and our mouth is often the first place these bad boys land. Thrush is an example of one such infections. Thrush is caused by yeast, which are slow growing microorganisms that exist just about everywhere. Most of the time our immune system wards these invaders off. However, if for some reason either the immune system is on the blink ( ie cancer, chemotherapy, patients on Prednisone and other drugs which slow down the… Read More » 0

Become An Organ Donor

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 7:00am
Nobody plans on a sudden death. I mean you don’t walk out of your house and think, “Jee I could be hit by a drunk driver, have a heart attack or be struck by a meteorite. Yet, as my father was so found of saying: Man plans and God laughs. Why I am bringing up this depressing topic? Well, we live in a golden age where our death can lead to another’s life. What I mean is that organ donation… Read More » 0

Serious Beesting Reactions

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 7:00am
Bee stings are usually painful but no big deal otherwise. Sure, your face might look like a ripe tomato or your arm like a large watermelon, but what’s the beef? If the same allergic reaction, which causes the area near the bee sting to swell occurs in your airway, then you won’t be able to breathe. If your immune system mounts too vigorous of a response, then something called anaphylactic shock develops. Any phrase with the word shock in it… Read More » 0

The Heart As An Electrical Generator

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 7:00am
Our hearts need a solid electrical system to synchronize the heart muscle so that blood is effectively moved around. Sometimes, this electrical system can malfunction. The heart can end up beating too slow, too fast, chaotically or with only some parts working. For example, in atrial fibrillation, the right atrium, which pumps blood from the body into the right ventricle, receives way too many signals. This is often due to a malfunctioning circuit. The right atrium then contracts ineffectively and… Read More » 0

Some Medical Risks of Flying

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 7:00am
What are some of the risks of flying? What I’m not talking about here is a plane crash, which is very rare. However there are some other, much more common problems. To begin with, the cabin pressure is set to an altitude between 6000 and 8000 feet. This means that the level of oxygen is about that you would breathe if you were hanging out between 6000 and 8000 feet of elevation. The pressure is gradually adjusted so that as… Read More » 0

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