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Dr. Rick Tietz on allopathic medicine

Are Morcellators Safe?

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 »

Cataracts

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 »

Should Elderly Patients Be On All Those Medications?

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 »

Bad Marriage=Bad Heart

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 »

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 »