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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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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

Inflammatory Arthritis

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 7:00am
By far the majority of arthritis is due to just wear and tear or osteoarthritis. There are however other forms of arthritis. At times inflammation may cause arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a more common type of inflammatory arthritis. What happens in a nutshell is that the immune system goes into […] 0

Nonnarcotic Alternatives For Procedures In Kids

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 7:00am
If your child needs to have an IV or other painful procedure (such as reduction of a fracture or suturing of laceration) there are some simple things which can be done to reduce the pain. I’m not talking about giving narcotics IV but rather about alternatives not involving narcotics. Distraction […] 0

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