Doctor Dude

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.

Subscribe to Doctor Dude feed
Dr. Rick Tietz on allopathic medicine 2017-03-27T14:00:35Z
Updated: 2 hours 31 min ago

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

Avoid Benzocaine In Young Children and Infants

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 7:00am
Kids and babies get sore throats, toothaches and cold sores. H0w can we help our little friends get over these things? Well, unfortunately much of the time antibiotics don’t work, because many of these infections are caused by viruses. Antibiotics don’t work at all against viruses. Yet, being human, we will think that after that hefty dose of Amoxicillin are kid got better and therefore the medication “cured” the infection. This is wrong because your little one would have gotten… Read More » 0

Are Video Games Antidepressants?

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 7:00am
Video games to be sure are one of many ways to engage in seemingly mindless activity and are almost guaranteed to drive parents nuts. How do I know this? I have two kids. Still, what surprises me, a middle aged guy who at one point was a pinball wizard and who proudly has never played a single video game, is that there may actually be some therapeutic effect. There are group of researchers who are developing and testing video games,… Read More » 0

Caffeine: The New Wonder Drug?

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 7:00am
Americans love coffee. The only liquid consumed more than coffee is water. Not only does the caffeine keep you awake and keep Starbucks shareholders happy, it turns out that caffeine has some other healthy effects. Regular caffeine consumption will reduce the risk of colon,uterine and prostate cancer. Not only that but there is some research out there which indicates that caffeine may even reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease, depression and dementia. Recently, it was shown that drinking as little… Read More » 0

The Wonderful Q tip

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 7:00am
Q tips are a great invention. With the long wooden handle you can reach quite deeply into a wound,. With the soft cotton end you can soak up some of the yucky stuff within the wound. A little hydrogen peroxide on the tip will clean out the dirty cuts. As the cut heals, stop the hydrogen peroxide (which can cause tissue damage) and put some soap on the end. If you’re careful, you can keep even the smallest of wounds… Read More » 0

Heart Attacks: Unusual Risk Factors

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 7:00am
You want to reduce your risk of a heart attack. To begin with you stop smoking, lay off the double bacon cheeseburgers, and avoid the chocolate chip cookies. You start walking more than the usual daily amount from your car to the McDonalds entrance. You treat your high blood pressure and elevated lipids. You get a treadmill test and after a week of recovery from the 10 minutes you spent on that treadmill, find out that thank God you don’t… Read More » 0

What Causes Rapid Heart Beats?

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 7:00am
Now and then most of us will experience an extra beat or flutter. After gulping that super size caffeine laden soda or perhaps an energy drink, it would not be uncommon to feel a little rapid heart rate or some skipped beats. Sure, that Starbucks cappuccino can do the same thing. In fact, anything with caffeine will tend to increase your heart rate. Not only drinks, but certain medications can lead to tachycardia or rapid heart rate.  Here are a… Read More » 0

Dance Courses for Parkinsons Patients

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 7:00am
For some of us (myself included) dancing is very difficult. In my case it is simply because I don’t have any sense of rhythm. Patients who suffer from Parkinsons have difficulty dancing because the disease causes generalized stiffness and shaking. Balance is also a problem for Parkinsons sufferers. Yet it makes sense that dancing might help such people. Dancing can help loosen up the stiffness, improve balance and of course help participants stay in shape. Weight loss is another nice… Read More » 0

Treatment of Excess Stomach Acid: Forget the Pepperoni Pizza

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 7:00am
Most of us have at one time or another suffered the dreaded stomach burning-perhaps after consuming one too many pepperoni pizza slices or maybe that extra spicy Thai dish. Sometimes the condition becomes chronic. Antacid preparations come in different forms and do work reasonably well. However, it turns out that all three types of medication have some significant downsides. Antacids such as Tums contain calcium. While these work the fastest, they also last the shortest. A few hours of relief… Read More » 0

Why Taking Supplements Can Be Dangerous

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 7:00am
Sure everyone wants to be thin. Guys especially want to be buff. Who wants to spend the effort by exercising, dieting and lifting weights? Why not just pop a few supplements, which promise risk/hassle free weight loss and or muscle gain? It turns out that an alarming 50% of Americans take at least one supplement daily and spend a staggering $32 billion yearly to buy such products. Recent data has shown a dramatic increase in the number of liver injuries… Read More » 0

Pages