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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 2017-11-13T15:00:34Z
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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

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

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