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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 2018-01-15T15:00:26Z
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Do You Really Need That Antibiotic?

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 7:00am
What about antibiotics? It used to be that they were thought of as the next best thing to apple pie. Take a few and those nasty colds got better-or did they? It turns out that those colds are caused by viruses. And guess what? Antibiotics don’t work against viruses. You assume that because you took the antibiotics and then a few days later, felt better that the antibiotics worked. Problem is that you would have gotten better anyways. You don’t… Read More » 0

A Primer on Stitches and Wound Glue

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 7:00am
If you cut yourself when do you need stitches? When will skin glue work? Of course not all wounds need to be closed. If the skin is torn off, there probably won’t be anything to grab on to to suture it together. Unless the wound is large, you can wash it out carefully with soap and water frequently. You should watch out for signs of infection such as redness, pain, discharge and fever, If these occur you will need to… Read More » 0

Exercise and Passing Out

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 7:00am
What should you do if your child passes out while exercising? While most of the time it is nothing serious, there are some pretty dangerous conditions which might be present. Many things can cause kids to pass out. For example, not drinking enough and exercising too hard, having a low blood sugaror being too hot. Some kids do use recreational drugs and these can at times make a person weak enough to pass out. Today we’re going to talk about… Read More » 0

What To Do About Tennis Elbow

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 7:00am
For the past few months I’ve been struggling with tennis elbow. You might think this is odd because I don’t even play tennis anymore. However, I do mountain bike and lift weights. These type of activities are just some of the many physical stressors that can lead to tennis elbow. Tennis elbow is basically an inflammation of an area on the outside of the elbow where some tendons attach to the bone. If you pull hard enough or work the… Read More » 0

Be Aware Of Your Medications

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 7:00am
Prescription drugs have to be sure saved many lives.  Yet sometimes too much of a good thing is not so good. A good example of this happened recently to a friend’s father. He is an elderly gentleman who already was on quite a few meds for heart disease, high blood pressure and irregular  heart beats. He was put on a mild narcotic for a sprained shoulder and not unexpectedly developed constipation. He then went to his doctor, who examined him and… Read More » 0

Occipital Neuralgia

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 7:00am
First of all, sorry about not having a blog for last week. It might have been a senior moment, but to be truthful I was in the midst of moving into a new home with my wife. This week I’d like to talk about a particular type of headache called occipital neuralgia. Yes, the name is long and hard to pronounce, but this condition does occur fairly frequently. The occipital nerve supplies among other areas the back of the scalp… Read More » 0

Low Testosterone: A Marketing Ploy

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 7:00am
As a middle aged guy, there are times when I feel tired. Sure I wish that I could have my six pack abdomen back, not have to wear reading glasses and be able to throw a ball more than 10 feet. Could it be not just from getting old but from a so called low testosterone? If you would believe some manufacturers of testosterone gel, I might be one of the countless middle aged guys suffering from low testosterone syndrome.… Read More » 0

Valley Fever: Payback For Desert Fun

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 7:00am
Hanging out in the desert is great, especially if you’re from somewhere with winter snow and sleet. Instead of taking 10 minutes just to get dressed to go to the store, you can walk outside in shorts and short sleeved shirt. Great! There’s  got to be a payback, since nothing good in this world comes without some consequences. Well, one might be Valley fever Valley Fever, or cocccidioidomycosis, is a fungal infection which at times can cause some serious problems.… Read More » 0

Does Marijuana Work Against Pediatric Seizures?

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 7:00am
A new study gives some hope that medical marijuana might help with childhood seizures. 200 children suffering from seizures were given an extract from marijuana. Specifically the extract contained no THC or the stuff that makes you feel high. Instead, it was formulated into marijuana oil containing CBD or cannabidiol. Seizure frequency was reduced by about 50%-a remarkable result to be sure. Other studies have suggested that CBD might be an effective measure against seizures. All currently available antiseizure medications… Read More » 0

Diet Soda: Not Really Diet At All?

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 7:00am
You would think that diet soda would be a better choice for weight control than its sweetened cousin regular soda, but according to a recent study, this might not be the case. For 10 years data was collected about several hundred (749) Mexican Americans over 65 and European Americans over age 60. And like about a fifth of the American population who drank a diet soda on any given day, daily diet soda drinkers, along with occasional diet soda drinkers,… Read More » 0

Wealth And A Good Night’s Sleep

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 7:00am
Lack of sleep or insomnia is truly a serious problem. In fact, insomnia has been linked to multiple diseases including cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression and obesity.Let’s not forget that driving while tired causes about 80,000 traffic accidents a year, a thousand of which are fatal.  To make matters even worse lack of sleep causes increased mortality: In other words you are more likely to die, if you don’t get enough sleep. What is enough sleep? Generally, at least… Read More » 0

OMG: Goodbye Y Chromosome

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 7:00am
Pity the poor Y chromosome. Sure, it makes us males male and plays a huge role in the genes which control testosterone production. Yet of the 46 human genes it is by far the smallest. Not only that, but according to a recent Scientific American article, it has become even smaller. About 200 to 300 million years ago, that scrawny Y chromosome shared about 600 genes with its much more robust X partner. Recently the number of genes in common… Read More » 0

Football Head Injuries

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 7:00am
Getting hit in the head repeatedly as in boxing for example seems not too healthy. Football injuries as well can cause long term problems. Just look at some of the ex NFL players who have suffered early onset dementia and other forms of traumatic brain injury. What about football players (of course helmeted) who do not suffer concussions, but have been hit in the head? Until now no one has really investigated this. A recent study of high school football… Read More » 0

What Not To Worry About

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 7:00am
Sometimes we worry about potential threats to our health which in reality are less risky to us than other, more critical issues. Here are a few of these unrealistic concerns: 1. Ebola: Worldwide about 17,00 affected with 2,000 deaths. In the United States 2 people have died from this.  Contrast, as an example, the 2 Ebola deaths with the 300,000 deaths from smoking each year. You are much more likely to die driving to your doctor or to the hospital… Read More » 0

Can Fruit and Wine Help Atrial Fibrillation?

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 7:00am
For most of us our hearts beat very regularly with the occasional extra beat. However, patients who have atrial fibrillation experience constant irregular heartbeats. What is happening is that the heart’s electrical system is out of whack. Instead of sending organized signals to cause heart muscle contraction, the electrical generator in the left atrium (called the AV node) fires off multiple signals all at once and the ventricle starts beating chaotically. Sometimes the signals can originate in other areas of… Read More » 0

The Connection Between Swallowing and Pneumonia

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 7:00am
Swallowing is something all of us takes for granted. I mean, who really thinks about it, except perhaps when you have a sore throat. And swallowing is not only important for delivering energy (read food) to the stomach, but also to prevent aspiration. For some who have suffered a stroke, swallowing may be difficult if not impossible. This occurs if the stroke affects the nerves which are responsible for coordinating all of the muscle action required for swallowing. The muscles… Read More » 0

Sore Throats

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 7:00am
Sore throats are certainly not too much fun.  You can forget about that super spicy red curry and instead must satisfy your palate with bland alternatives such as soup, rice and yogurt. What causes sore throats? Infections such as viruses are on the top of the list. You might feel some muscle aches, weakness and experience a runny nose and cough. What doesn’t work in this, the most common cause of tonsillitis, are antibiotics. Sure, they have fancy sounding names… Read More » 0

Are Morcellators Safe?

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 7:00am
Uterine fibroids are usually benign tumors, which occur within the uterus. These tumors can cause pain, infertility and excessive vaginal bleeding. Therefore when they become unmanageable, they are often removed. Traditionally, the tumors are removed using standard surgical techniques. This may or may not involve a laparoscope, which is a kind of periscope through which the surgeon can see and operate. Fairly recently, a device called a morcellator was introduced. Apart from the strange sounding name, this device essentially grinds… Read More » 0


Mon, 02/16/2015 - 7:00am
In order to see well, many things need to work well including the visual command center in the brain, the nerves to and from the eye and of course the eye itself. One all too common condition  which affects vision is cataracts. Cataracts, like many conditions, are much more common in older individuals. Good vision depends upon clear lenses. If the lens is cloudy, you won’t be able to see as well. Imagine a trying to see through dirty glasses… Read More » 0

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