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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.

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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.  He is now based in New York City.

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Oct 31, 2019



His tooth brushing, flossing, and tongue brushing seemed in vain, as young Don’s breath became ever more smelly and distasteful.  One night, his attempt to blow out a candle was met with a stream of fire from his mouth and a powerful explosion.


His flame-throwing belches became so dangerous that he couldn’t go near an open flame.  Analyzing the gas in his stomach, his doctors found high concentrations of methane.  Their work-up revealed a bowel obstruction that allowed his partially digested meals to ferment and trigger gas production.


Methane gas is commonly produced in the lower bowel, and flatulence ignition or fart lighting has been a mainstay of frat pledging.  By the way, it triggers a butt burn that can be devastating.


#Methane #flatus #fart