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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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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

Cataracts

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

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

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