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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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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

Bacteriophages: Replacement for Antibiotics?

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 7:00am
Antibiotics have been used successfully to treat many bacterial infections such as pneumonia, strep throat and urine infections. They are without a doubt important in treating patients. However, antibiotics are not a cure all and are way over prescribed, often to treat viral infections. Along come some pretty smart researchers who asked themselves: What about bacteriophages? In turns out that these little organisms have evolved over millennia to attack bacteria. In fact, there are literally trillions of them. They manage… Read More » 0

We All Need To Chill Out

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 7:00am
We live in a world where we are constantly being bombarded with stimuli. We surf the net while watching TV. We walk with our eyes glued to a small smart device. We drive and talk or text. At the health club multiple TV screens flash images as music is played and we work out. We blast classical music to our babies in the mistaken belief that the music is better than play for brain development. How about just hanging out?… Read More » 0

Nutritional Supplements: Not Worth It

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 7:00am
Nutritional supplements such as Ensure have been successfully used to treat patients who are underweight and suffer from nutritional deficiencies. Elderly patients with chronic diseases are often placed on these supplements. It seems that the manufacturers of these products realized that their market was too small. They recently have heavily advertised these liquids protein drinks to others, who in all likelihood don’t need these drinks. Chief among these groups are the elderly, who often don’t have a great diet. This… Read More » 0

No Miracle Cure For Chronic Back Pain

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 7:00am
When long ago our ancestors made the leap from crawling around the ground to standing and walking, who would have thought that back pain would for many of us be the result? Back pain is one of the most common and difficult problems to treat. Most of us at some point in our lives will suffer from at least one bout of it. For those unfortunate enough to have chronic severe back pain, options are becoming fewer and fewer. Surgery… Read More » 0

Texting and Driving Don’t Mix

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 7:00am
When you drive a car, you propel a very heavy piece of metal at times at very high speeds.  This is arguably the most dangerous activity which you do in your life-not only dangerous for you but also for others . In years past the dangers of drinking and driving have been well publicized, yet people still drink and drive. Over 30,000 persons are killed each year in this country and drinking remains a major problem. And now with the… Read More » 0

Reality Check for Baby Boomers

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 7:00am
Aging baby boomers like myself now realize that the endless parties, killer workouts and disease free times are coming to an end. Ages ago we could work all day, party all night and be ready for a repeat the next day. Now the idea of staying out past 10 pm seems unpleasant and a good workout might be a short jaunt around the block. Unfortunately for us and for the rest of humanity, strength and endurance are not the only… Read More » 0

Belly Hernias: A Cause for Concern?

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 7:00am
Not all hernias are created equal. The most common type is the inguinal hernia, which due to complicated and boring anatomy, seems to herniate often. A hernia is simply put a tear and through that tear stuff can come out. What comes out? Well that depends where the hernia is located. In the case of an inguinal hernia part of the intestine can be pushed through the opening, but sometimes only a little fat comes out. If the intestine can… Read More » 0

Hyperthermia

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 7:00am
During the dog days of summer life is slow, sweet and oh so hot. Yes, the temperature rises and with the heat so too does the risk of overheating or hyperthermia. How to prevent from becoming too hot? First and foremost: be aware of your environment and what you’re doing. Running a 10k in 100 degree weather on streets without shade is probably not a great idea. Starting your run before 10 am or after 6 pm might be a… Read More » 0

A New Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 7:00am
A Chinese herb Tripterygium wilfordii or thunder god vine (gotta love that name!) was recently studied for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. This is a disease which can cause serious and permanent deformities in joints and can affect other organs as well. One treatment that is often used is Methotrexate, which has some nasty side effects. In a recent published study the thunder god vine was at least as effective as Methotrexate. Side effects from the herb included loss of hair loss… Read More » 0

Physicians and Gun Control

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 7:00am
An average of 88 people per day die in this country from firearms. It is becoming nearly impossible to discuss this issue rationally due to the politics. Let’s try for a minute to cast aside the grandstanding and look at the data which is available. Two thirds of the deaths are suicides and most of these suicides are committed by the elderly and those living in rural areas. Those, who abuse alcohol or other drugs, feel isolated and have access… Read More » 0

The Swollen Knee

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 7:00am
If your knee swells and you haven’t injured it, what could be going on?   Well, most of the time you probably didn’t even realize that you twisted it just a tiny bit, perhaps when stepping off that curb late last night. Usually, there is some prior wear and tear arthritis. Yes, one of the many joys of middle age is that the knees take the brunt of all those years of sports and of course the ever expanding waistline.… Read More » 0

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