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Dr. Rick Tietz on allopathic medicine

A New Test For Heart attacks?

Heart attacks are deadly. About 25% of heart attack victims will die immediately and the rest have an increased risk of having another heart attack. There are blood tests which measure heart enzymes. These will be elevated when a heart attack occurs. Problem is how to determine just who is at increased risks for such heart attacks. Yes classic risks such as high blood pressure, elevated lipids, diabetes, prior heart attack and family history do help stratify patients. A recent… Read More »

Do You Really Need That Antibiotic?

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 »

A Primer on Stitches and Wound Glue

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 »

Exercise and Passing Out

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 »

What To Do About Tennis Elbow

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 »

Be Aware Of Your Medications

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 »

Occipital Neuralgia

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 »

Low Testosterone: A Marketing Ploy

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 »

Valley Fever: Payback For Desert Fun

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 »

Does Marijuana Work Against Pediatric Seizures?

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 »