Quantcast
 

A Petaluma360 Blog

ER Doctor

Dr. Rick Tietz on allopathic medicine

Why Men Are Clueless About Colors

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 »

What About Natural Cures?

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 »

Osteoarthritis: The Scourge of Old Age

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 »

Plants and Productivity

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 »

When To Worry About A Cough

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 »

Drug Company Money And Doctors: A Bad Mix?

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 »

Pancreatitis

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 »

Yet Another Bogus Weight Loss Product

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 »

Hypothyroidism

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 »

Hyperthyroidism

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 »