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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.

Dr. Smith has adopted audio and video podcasting as conduits for HEALTH NEWS YOU SHOULD USE. Based on the latest medical, health, and wellness literature these reports provide practical information you can use to keep yourself and your family healthy. Many reports have video versions, and Dr. Smith’s YouTube Channel may be found at:

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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Please note that the news, views, commentary, and opinions that Dr. Smith provides are for informational purposes only. Any changes that you or members of your family contemplate making to lifestyle, diet, medications, or medical therapy should always be discussed beforehand with personal physicians who have been supervising your care.

Apr 29, 2021




The FDA and Faribault Foods, Inc. now recall S&W Organic Black Beans, O Organic Brand Black Beans and O Organic Brand Chili Beans.  These products have containers with compromised hermetic seals permitting leakage and bacterial growth including growth of Clostridium botulinum.  The toxin from this bacterium may trigger food poisoning anytime from 6 hours to 2 weeks after ingestion with symptoms of blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, and muscle weakness with difficulty breathing.  Do not eat these products and return them to the point of purchase for a refund.  Direct questions to Faribault Foods at 1-888-210-6440.


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