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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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Beer Bottle Wars: Valuable Research

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 7:00am
One of the burning questions of modern medicine has always been whether, in the case of a brawl, an empty or full beer bottle inflicts more damage and of course which is more likely to fracture the skull. And to answer this perplexing dilemma, a team (believe it or not […] 0

Necrotizing Fasciitis: What In God’s Name Is This?

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 7:00am
Necrotizing fasciitis is not only difficult to spell and pronounce, it is also a life threatening condition. It might as well have been taken out of a horror movie: Super aggressive invaders (bacteria) which multiply unbelievably fast and destroy healthy tissue at an alarming pace. This disease presents with severe […] 0

Chemical Conjunctivitis

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 7:00am
Pink eye is an infection of the covering of the eyes (conjunctiva) caused mostly by viruses. However other things can make your eyes red. One of these conditions goes by the tongue twister chemical conjunctivitis. What happens here is that a chemical gets into the eyes and from there irritates […] 0

Don’t Take Supplements

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 7:00am
The latest issue of Consumer Reports examines how safe and effective are supplements. And guess what? Supplements did not fair too well. Overall, the verdict was a no go: Not safe and not effective. The problem is that supplements are not regulated by the FDA. For some unknown reason, these […] 0

Fractures In Children

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 7:00am
Although it is nice to think of kids as just little adults, that is just not true. In fact, doctors are taught the differences so that these differences can be taken into account, when treating kids. Fractures in adults require splinting and at times surgeries. The bones have stopped growing […] 0

Fever: Not a Great Way of Predicting Serious Infection

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 7:00am
Fever is simply not a great way of deciding whether a child is really sick or not. Children’s bodies can respond to even minor infections with a high fever because their immune systems sense an invader and mount a vigorous response. On the other hand, a child who has say […] 0

Why Swallowing Is Important

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 7:00am
Just like we don’t have to think about breathing, when we swallow almost all of the time it is automatic. However, swallowing is pretty complex and requires quite a few nerves, muscle and gut interaction to work right. If you think about it, food, water and sputum need to be […] 0

Aplastic Anemia

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 7:00am
Blood just doesn’t hang around forever. In fact, the bone marrow is hard at work replacing all forms of blood cells. These include red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. Each type of cell has a different life span, but all need constant replacement. What happens when the bone […] 0

A New Way of Grading Concussions

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 7:00am
Not all concussions are created equal. Some occur with loss of consciousness; others without. Some lead to minor side effects and others to long term issues. In fact the NFL is now grappling with a condition called traumatic encephalopathy which occurs after repeated concussions or head trauma. This affects the […] 0

Broken Heart Syndrome

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 7:00am
Takosubo cardiomyopathy not only is a very exotic, difficult to spell syndrome, it is also quite unique. The best way to describe this condition is as a “broken heart” problem. This occurs more often in women than men and unlike true heart attacks seems to happen more during the day […] 0

Lung Bruises: Delay In Symptoms

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 7:00am
Just about everyone at some time or another has bumped an arm or leg which is then followed by swelling, discoloration and pain over the injured site. This is a bruise, which in med speak is called a contusion. What if a similar injury (ie bruise or contusion) were to […] 0

What Are Lymph Nodes?

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 7:00am
You have a sore throat and then feel some bumps on your neck. Being neurotic (and believe me I know about neuroses), you immediately assume that you have developed some awful, terminal cancer. You rush to your doctor who, after your rapid fire description about your potential last days on […] 0

No Antibiotics For Most Ear Infections

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 7:00am
Believe it or not very few middle ear infections actually need antibiotics. You might say-hey it’s an infection, isn’t it? So antibiotics treat infections, right? Yes, antibiotics do treat infections but only bacterial infections. You could give antibiotics to a patient with a middle ear infections and that patient will […] 0

A New Weapon In The Fight Against A Nasty Bug

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 7:00am
MRSA is a infection, unfortunately more and more common, which is resistant to most antibiotics. It is caused by a particular strain of the staphylocccocal bacteria. In years past, this bug could be treated with most antibiotics Fast forward to today, where there are very few antibiotics left which can […] 0

How To Reduce Your Risk Of Pneumococcal Pneumonia

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 7:00am
Pneumococcal bacteria can cause a nasty pneumonia, among other conditions. This pneumonia is especially dangerous in older individuals. There are vaccines available which can greatly reduce the chances of getting sick from pneumococcus. This vaccine called Pneumovax, is indicated for all adults older than 65 and those with certain conditions […] 0

Did Your Doctor Wash Her Hands?

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 7:00am
There are a lot of germs out there. As doctors, who see many patients daily, it is very important that we wash our hands frequently. In fact it is recommended that doctors wash their hands before and after each and every patient seen. It would be nice if we washed […] 0

Why Shark Fin Soup Is Bad For You and The Planet

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 7:00am
Eating shark fin soup not only contributes to the world wide threats to shark population, it turns out that the shark fins are not so great for you. Of course if you believe the pseudoscience around shark fins and myriad health benefits including for sexual prowess, then you probably also […] 0

What To Do About Cuts

Mon, 07/04/2016 - 7:00am
You decided to fix your deck, which in retrospect may not have been the best decision. Of course, a quick distraction and you cut your hand with a hand saw? What should you do? If the wound is small-less than one half of inch, no bone is visible and the […] 0

Blood Thinners

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 7:00am
Blood thinners are prescribed to prevent blood clots. If you have a blood clot in your leg or lung you will need a blood thinner. If you have a condition which puts you at elevated risk for a blood clot such as atrial fibrillation, then you will also need a […] 0

Massive Increases In Some Generic Drug Prices

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 7:00am
To me it is certainly no great surprise that a privately held pharmaceutical company such as Turing has raised its prices on Daraprim, a anti toxoplasmosis medication.This medication which treats a potentially deadly infection, is simply not available from any other company in America. Pharmacy firms are quick to reply […] 0