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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 2017-09-18T14:00:39Z
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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

Whole Body Cryotherapy: Quackery?

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 7:00am
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Cryotherapy or the use of extreme cold temperatures claims to cure quite a few problems. Granted, there are a few studies here and there which point toward possible improvements in chronic headaches, muscles soreness after working out, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. What happens is that you enter a spa like structure where the air temperature is very cold like below minus 110 Celsius, which by the way is… Read More » 0

When Belly Pain Is Serious

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 7:00am
Many times abdominal pain is nothing to worry about. What about those times when belly pain can be concerning, even life threatening? Not every one with a heart attack will have chest pain. If the area of the heart attack is near the bottom of the heart, a patient might only have belly pain up high and nothing else. If you are at risk for a heart attack (high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, known history of heart disease, smoker… Read More » 0

Childhood Stress Is A Risk For Adult Diseases

Mon, 12/28/2015 - 7:00am
Childhood stress it turns out is a big deal. In fact children who have suffered ongoing emotional stress and anxiety have an increased chance of developing damaging health effects well into adulthood. A British study followed over 6000 children born in 1958 for a remarkable period over 40 years. During that time the study subjects physical and emotional well being were assessed multiple times. By the age of 45 the risks for diabetes and heart disease were determined. Those unfortunate… Read More » 0

When You Should Be Concerned About A Hoarse Voice

Mon, 12/21/2015 - 7:00am
Just about everyone has sometime or another experienced the joys of a hoarse throat. You wake and when that first call comes in you realize that you sound like a frog or even worse like your friend’s grandfather. Most of the time the hoarse voice is due to infection. Laryngitis or inflammation of the larynx is quite common. It is almost always caused by a virus so antibiotics won’t work. Try talking softly rather than whispering, as whispering can strain… Read More » 0

Can Premature Birth Be Prevented?

Mon, 12/14/2015 - 7:00am
When babies are born early it is considered a premature birth. Premature babies have a greater risk of developing problems involving the brain. These issues include seizures, developmental delay and hydrocephalus or water in the brain. The standard theory has been that all of these diseases are related to a premature brain. In other words, if the birth had occurred on time at about 38 to 40 weeks of pregnancy, that there wouldn’t have been any such problems. Newer research… Read More » 0

Wonder Drug For Alzheimers

Mon, 12/07/2015 - 7:00am
Dementia is a horrible disease. The body may work ok, but the brain is slowly destroyed. What is left is a life without awareness of being alive. Alzheimers is perhaps the most common and well known but certainly not the only type of dementia. Drugs used to treat dementia are minimally if at all effective in stopping progression of the dementia. These drugs at best can slow the disease down. Even worse, they have some serious side effects and in… Read More » 0

p53 Gene: A Cancer Cure?

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 7:00am
Why do some people who do everything right get cancer and others who smoke, live in polluted areas, eat junk food and expose themselves to just about every known carcinogen never suffer from cancer? It turns out that cancer is not just caused by environment but also by genetics. Recent research has focused on the P53 gene, something which it seems elephants have a lot of. Elephants rarely get cancer and in researching this, researchers discovered that elephants have a… Read More » 0

Can Humans Smell Parkinsons disease?

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 7:00am
It is well known that dogs have a sense of smell than humans. For this reason dogs have been used in medicine to “smell” cancer, congestive heart failure and a host of other ailments. Check out my previous blog about this fascinating subject. Yet until now,to my knowledge no one has investigated whether humans are capable of smelling diseases. What happened is that a certain lady in Scotland claimed that she was able to smell her husband’s Parkinsons disease before… Read More » 0

What Can Cause Leg Swelling?

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 7:00am
Many people suffer from conditions which can cause swelling of the legs. You will notice the leg swelling because your shoes won’t fit. Your pants might be tighter down lower than usual. Many conditions cause swelling of the legs. Some are serious others are not as serious If your heart is not pumping as well as it should, fluid can back up into your legs. It might be because of a leaky valve, poor muscle performance such as from a… Read More » 0

Change In Your Vision?

Mon, 11/09/2015 - 7:00am
All too often we take simple things for granted. One example is our vision. It is truly amazing that we are able to open our eyes and an amazing world of sights awaits us. Sometimes the system doesn’t work so well and certain problems can result. If the back surface of the eye, the retina is torn, you might feel as if a curtain has come down over your sight. It might be more difficult to make out objects that… Read More » 0

Supplements: A Dangerous Waste of Money

Mon, 11/02/2015 - 7:00am
Supplements are taken daily by millions of Americans. Do these supplements actually improve our health? The answer is no! A diet rich in vegetables, fruits and whole grains will provide just about everything you need to stay healthy. If you believe that taking a pill will magically get rid of that expanding waistline, help you remember where your keys are or make you look like a WWF wrestler, think again. Who runs these supplement companies? Well, believe it or not,… Read More » 0

Flu Season: Get Vaccinated

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 7:00am
Winter is coming and with winter all those nasty viruses. Chief of among these bad boys are the influenza viruses. Influenza is no joke and kills ten of thousands in this country each year. Symptoms include generalized body aches, headache, weakness, runny nose, cough, shortness of breath and nausea vomiting. These viruses are relatively easily transmitted through contact and air droplets from coughing. Sure most of us might be floored for a few days but none the worse for wear.… Read More » 0

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