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Howard G. Smith, M.D. is a former radio medical editor and talk show host in the Boston Metro area.  His "Medical Minute" of health and wellness news and commentary was a regular weekday feature on WBZ-AM, WRKO-AM, and WMRE-AM.   His popular two-way talk show, Dr. Howard Smith OnCall, was regularly heard Sunday morning and middays on WBZ.

More recently, Dr. Smith has adopted the 21st century technology of audio and video podcasting as conduits for the short health and wellness reports, HEALTH NEWS YOU SHOULD USE.  Many of these have video versions, and they may be found on his YouTube page:

Trained at Harvard Medical School and a long-time faculty member at Boston Children’s Hospital, he practiced Pediatric Otolaryngology for 40 years in Boston, Southern California, and in central Connecticut.

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Jan 6, 2019

With the dark days of winter ahead for all of us, here’s a way to beat the boredom.  Try doing the things that you normally do but in a different way.  For example:

Eat popcorn with chopsticks.

Drink water in a champagne glass, a shipping envelope, or lapping it out of a bowl like a dog.

Write and draw with your “other” hand.

Watch a video with finger goggles.

Do a random walk: at each intersection, flip a coin to decide whether to go left or right.

Eat a slice of pizza in different ways: fold it over, eat the crust first, eat from the sides, make pizza into different shapes.

Bet you can think of a slew of other things to try.  If you come up with really great ideas, email me at, and I’ll pass them along to everyone.

By the way, a study done at Ohio State University shows that these novel ways of doing things are most enjoyable the first time.


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