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Dr. Rick Tietz on allopathic medicine

Become An Organ Donor

Nobody plans on a sudden death. I mean you don’t walk out of your house and think, “Jee I could be hit by a drunk driver, have a heart attack or be struck by a meteorite. Yet, as my father was so found of saying: Man plans and God laughs. Why I am bringing up this depressing topic? Well, we live in a golden age where our death can lead to another’s life. What I mean is that organ donation… Read More »

Serious Beesting Reactions

Bee stings are usually painful but no big deal otherwise. Sure, your face might look like a ripe tomato or your arm like a large watermelon, but what’s the beef? If the same allergic reaction, which causes the area near the bee sting to swell occurs in your airway, then you won’t be able to breathe. If your immune system mounts too vigorous of a response, then something called anaphylactic shock develops. Any phrase with the word shock in it… Read More »

The Heart As An Electrical Generator

Our hearts need a solid electrical system to synchronize the heart muscle so that blood is effectively moved around. Sometimes, this electrical system can malfunction. The heart can end up beating too slow, too fast, chaotically or with only some parts working. For example, in atrial fibrillation, the right atrium, which pumps blood from the body into the right ventricle, receives way too many signals. This is often due to a malfunctioning circuit. The right atrium then contracts ineffectively and… Read More »

Some Medical Risks of Flying

What are some of the risks of flying? What I’m not talking about here is a plane crash, which is very rare. However there are some other, much more common problems. To begin with, the cabin pressure is set to an altitude between 6000 and 8000 feet. This means that the level of oxygen is about that you would breathe if you were hanging out between 6000 and 8000 feet of elevation. The pressure is gradually adjusted so that as… Read More »

Whole Body Cryotherapy: Quackery?

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Cryotherapy or the use of extreme cold temperatures claims to cure quite a few problems. Granted, there are a few studies here and there which point toward possible improvements in chronic headaches, muscles soreness after working out, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. What happens is that you enter a spa like structure where the air temperature is very cold like below minus 110 Celsius, which by the way is… Read More »

When Belly Pain Is Serious

Many times abdominal pain is nothing to worry about. What about those times when belly pain can be concerning, even life threatening? Not every one with a heart attack will have chest pain. If the area of the heart attack is near the bottom of the heart, a patient might only have belly pain up high and nothing else. If you are at risk for a heart attack (high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, known history of heart disease, smoker… Read More »

Childhood Stress Is A Risk For Adult Diseases

Childhood stress it turns out is a big deal. In fact children who have suffered ongoing emotional stress and anxiety have an increased chance of developing damaging health effects well into adulthood. A British study followed over 6000 children born in 1958 for a remarkable period over 40 years. During that time the study subjects physical and emotional well being were assessed multiple times. By the age of 45 the risks for diabetes and heart disease were determined. Those unfortunate… Read More »

When You Should Be Concerned About A Hoarse Voice

Just about everyone has sometime or another experienced the joys of a hoarse throat. You wake and when that first call comes in you realize that you sound like a frog or even worse like your friend’s grandfather. Most of the time the hoarse voice is due to infection. Laryngitis or inflammation of the larynx is quite common. It is almost always caused by a virus so antibiotics won’t work. Try talking softly rather than whispering, as whispering can strain… Read More »

Can Premature Birth Be Prevented?

When babies are born early it is considered a premature birth. Premature babies have a greater risk of developing problems involving the brain. These issues include seizures, developmental delay and hydrocephalus or water in the brain. The standard theory has been that all of these diseases are related to a premature brain. In other words, if the birth had occurred on time at about 38 to 40 weeks of pregnancy, that there wouldn’t have been any such problems. Newer research… Read More »

Wonder Drug For Alzheimers

Dementia is a horrible disease. The body may work ok, but the brain is slowly destroyed. What is left is a life without awareness of being alive. Alzheimers is perhaps the most common and well known but certainly not the only type of dementia. Drugs used to treat dementia are minimally if at all effective in stopping progression of the dementia. These drugs at best can slow the disease down. Even worse, they have some serious side effects and in… Read More »