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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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A Ray Of Hope For SIDS?

Mon, 12/26/2016 - 7:00am
SIDS or sudden infant death syndrome is a horrible and devastating event. About 3500 babies die each year in the United States from SIDS. No one knows exactly what causes babies to stop breathing but there are several behaviors which have been shown to increase the risk of SIDS. Babies […] 0

What About Meniscal Knee Surgery For Middle Aged Patients?

Mon, 12/19/2016 - 7:00am
We all get old and guess what? with a little luck we all get there. One of the joys of middle age and beyond is arthritis. The knee is one of those joints prone to injury, especially with advancing age. One common injury is a meniscal tear, which involves damage […] 0

Interesting Facts About Left Handers

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 7:00am
Left handedness is relatively uncommon. About 10% of the population is left handed, which by the way includes me. Some are ambidextrous or able to use both hands. I am for sure not one. My right hand sits there useless and bored most of the time. Some positive things about […] 0

A New Device for Diabetes Treatment

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 7:00am
Control of blood sugar 24-7 is the holy grail of diabetes treatment. Good control prevents immediate complications of high or low blood sugar and reduced long term problems of kidney, eye, heart and nerve damage. In other words better control means a longer healthier life. Insulin is one way to […] 0

Startling Research: Drinking Alcohol May Lead To Sex

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 7:00am
A recent Japanese study asked the difficult, previously unknown question of whether consumption of alcohol causes sexual disinhibition (ie lead to sex). Yes, I realize this is a very tough subject, one in which there is not much to go on. So these intrepid researchers recruited 258 Japanese college students […] 0

Medical Nonsense in the Movie Dr. Strange

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 7:00am
Hollywood has a way of glamorizing medicine and the film “Dr. Strange” is no exception. In the movie, Dr. Strange, who is an accomplished neurosurgeon suffers a debilitating car accident. His hands after surgery are left with nerve injury and this makes him unable to practice medicine. At his physical […] 0

Basics Of Diarrhea

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 7:00am
Diarrhea no pun intended is a messy subject. Most of the time it is a self limited infection, caused by bacteria, viruses or protozoa. At times however, the diarrhea may be heavy enough to lead to significant dehydration and dangerously low levels of such critical electrolytes such as potassium. To […] 0

A Burning Question: Does Diet Coke Work To Prevent Pregnancy?

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 7:00am
Given last weeks fascinating study on dropped beer bottles, here is another one. This article published in 1987 actually earned its authors the IG award, given only to the best of the best quirky studies. What would be an effective spermicide, these intrepid authors wondered. Why not try Old Coke, […] 0

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