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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 2017-03-27T14:00:35Z
Updated: 2 hours 32 min ago

Should Elderly Patients Be On All Those Medications?

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 7:00am
As we age, we tend to have more chronic conditions. As a result more medications are prescribed. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon to see elderly patients bringing in a paper bag, filled with medications from several doctors. Do these patients really need all those pills? Probably not, as often different versions of the same type of drug are prescribed by either different physicians or at times even the same doctor. Medications are not benign and when you are taking a… Read More » 0

Bad Marriage=Bad Heart

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 7:00am
Quite a few things can be bad for your heart including untreated high blood pressure, elevated lipids, diabetes, 0besity and lack of exercise.  And it turns out that you can add a bad marriage to the list. A recent study involving 1000 older married couples from ages 57-85 revealed that an unhappy marriage increased the risk of heart disease. Women were more affected than their male counterparts. Why? Perhaps because many guys care more about how their favorite team is… Read More » 0

Why Men Are Clueless About Colors

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 7:00am
It is simply one of those facts of nature that women possess a greater ability to perceive colors than men. Just ask any wife (especially mine) who has tried to help her husband pick out his clothes. “Crimson does not go well with mauve”, your wife notes as you look at her, totally clueless as to what crimson or mauve actually looks like.  Actually, you’re probably more concerned about how the Niners fared in the last quarter. It turns out… Read More » 0

What About Natural Cures?

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 7:00am
Chinese medicine has been around for thousands of years. Does this mean that it is effective? Well, without a doubt some of the folk remedies work, but many do not. But whether these therapies work or not has absolutely nothing to do with how long they’ve existed. The earth for thousand of years was felt to be flat. Blood letting for hundreds of years was an accepted therapy for just about everything. Warts were believed to be from evil spirits.… Read More » 0

Osteoarthritis: The Scourge of Old Age

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 7:00am
When we think of arthritis, we think of an older person with a crooked back, spindly, deformed hands and swollen knees. Certainly, older people are at risk for the most common form of arthritis-osteoarthritis. What this means is that not only are the joints painful, the bones, which make up the joints are no longer smooth and straight. These bones become irregular and narrow the joint space. Add to that a reduced amount of cartilage, which protects the bones and… Read More » 0

Plants and Productivity

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 7:00am
Very few of us thrive in a so called lean office, where tidy desks with computers and office chairs are the main attractions. It’s bad enough that we have to work since we haven’t won the Lotto, we have to pay for our children in college or we’re not trust fund kids.  It turns out that having plants in the office helps the work environment. Three recent studies from UK showed that having plants in the office increased productivity by… Read More » 0

When To Worry About A Cough

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 9:00am
Most of us don’t make through the year without having a cough. Most of the time it is a cold.  Bronchitis can be caused by an infection, which by the way is almost always viral.  What this means is that antibiotics have virtually no role in the treatment of bronchitis. Sometimes a cough can be the sign of  a more serious problem. Pneumonia starts off with a cough but there is also associated shortness of breath and weakness.  Asthma and… Read More » 0

Drug Company Money And Doctors: A Bad Mix?

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 7:00am
It never ceases to amaze me how money can corrupt people,. Doctors are certainly no exception. Drug companies have spent billions upon billions of dollars promoting their products. Doctors have been major recipients of this money. Most doctors, in fact about 80% have at one point or another accepted pharmaceutical company money or services. Services include free meals, lodging and even vacations. Still, most of us are not taking huge amounts. However, a small but significant number work as paid… Read More » 0

Pancreatitis

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 7:00am
Pancreatitis or inflammation of the pancreas is  very painful and unfortunately all too commonly seen. The pancreas is located in the back of your abdomen. It helps with digestion of foods and produces hormones including insulin. What causes pancreatitis? It turns out quite a few things. Drinking too much alcohol is a very frequent cause. So too are gallstones, which can irritate not only the gallbladder, but also the nearby pancreas. If a gallstone happens to migrate to the common… Read More » 0

Yet Another Bogus Weight Loss Product

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 7:00am
Leave it up to some greedy companies, who prey on desperate consumers, to concoct yet another scam for a weight loss product. The two companies, Norm Thompson Outfitters, Inc., and Wacoal America, Inc marketed clothing (women’s undergarments) impregnated with caffeine and retinol (among other chemicals). They advertised that simply wearing these clothes would cause weight loss, disappearance of cellulite, thinner thighs and  smaller waist size . Wouldn’t that be great if you could just put on say a pair of fashionable… Read More » 0

Hypothyroidism

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 7:00am
Last week’s blog was about hyperthyroidism. Naturally, hypothyroidism or low thyroid also occurs. With low thyroid the Energizer Bunny seems to have take a vacation. The body’s metabolism slows and with that downturn everything chills. What this means is that you may feel tired, have a slow heart rate, suffer from constipation, have swelling in your legs and also experience the dreaded weight gain. No, your weight  in this case is probably not just from that triple scoop chocolate sundae… Read More » 0

Hyperthyroidism

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 7:00am
You can think of thyroid hormone as a kind of Energizer Bunny. The hormone essentially kick starts the body’s metabolism so that we have the energy to get up at 3 am with that screaming baby and still go to work the same day. Like most things in life however, thyroid hormone levels don’t always work out as planned. Sometimes there is too much and sometimes not enough. Let’s start with the condition known as hyperthyroidism or too much thyroid.… Read More » 0

What In The World Are Lymph Nodes?

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 7:00am
What are lymph nodes and why is it important that I know about them? Admittedly, this is not a question I get every day. Lymph nodes, for those of you chomping at the bit to find out the answer, serve both as the body’s trash cans and monitoring systems. Whenever something in the body is inflamed or infected, the body mounts an immune response with both cells (including lymphocytes) and chemicals (most with difficult to spell and pronounce names). The… Read More » 0

Toothaches

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 7:00am
A toothache is by no means a pleasant experience. Decayed teeth with cavities are more prone to infections and for those of us who don’t brush well and regularly, there is a greater risk of dental problems. What else will increase our risk of dental decay? Diabetes, cancer, malnutrition, and chronic disease can certainly precipitate and worsen dental disease. What is not as well known is that smoking will increase risk of losing your teeth early and that speed will… Read More » 0

Baldness: Male Rite of Passage

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 7:00am
For the overwhelming majority of guys,  as we become older baldness is, shall we say, a rite of passage. This is not to imply that it is at all desired but rather wired into our genes. What gives us muscles (testosterone) also takes away our hair. There are some medications out there which can help with male pattern baldness. This is a type of baldness where at first a small bare area in the back of the head grows until… Read More » 0

Seat Belts

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 7:00am
After seat belts were introduced, the number of motor vehicle related deaths dropped rapidly. At first lap belts were the only game in town. Then came shoulder belts and finally airbags. You would think that seat belt use would be universal. Yet there are still many of us who either forget about seat belts, are too much in a rush to take the microsecond it would take to secure the belt, are too high or drunk or just plain stupid.… Read More » 0

Rib Injury

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 7:00am
If you ever break a rib or two, you will definitely feel some major pain. The pain will be worse when you take a deep breath and you may notice some shortness of breath as well. The break will not completely heal for at least a month or two so you will need to take it easy. Deep to the ribs are some pretty important structures including your heart and lungs. It is certainly not uncommon to have a bruised… Read More » 0

Ebola: A Minor Risk to Our Health

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 7:00am
Ebola virus has been making the rounds quite a bit. It seems that you can’t listen to the news without some piece about this infection. To be sure Ebola virus causes a very serious infection. Most people who contract this virus will die and there is known cure. Finally, the potential exists for many more infections. However, let’s get real here. In the entire world there have been a little over 7,000 cases with  about 4,000 deaths. Contrast this to… Read More » 0

Be Your Own Advocate

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 7:00am
Some but not all the times proverbs ring true. Consider “The squeaky wheel gets the grease”. When for whatever reason, you, family member or friend find yourself in the emergency department, becoming your own or significant others advocate might be the way to go. Doctors and nurses are not perfect beings. We have good and bad days just like the rest of the population. We are often rushed, forced to multitask and occasionally forget that our patients do not have… Read More » 0

Ear Pain: What To Do

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 7:00am
Most of us at some time or another experience ear pain. If the pain turns out to be an ear infection, then what to do? Well, assuming you  are older than 2 (at times in my case my wife might dispute this), then you should first decide whether a doctor visit is in order. If there is any discharge including pus, blood or clear fluid then yes you should head over to you doctor or the emergency room. If you… Read More » 0

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