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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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Dec 4, 2011


New book helps parents control children’s ear infections, avoid ear surgery

WEST HARTFORD, CT (E-MAIL) -- Parent’s Ear Infection Cookbook: Medical Recipes for Avoiding Surgery, written by Harvard-trained pediatric ear specialist Howard G. Smith, M.D., teaches parents that successful ear infection treatment need not require expensive surgery or the repetitive use of strong antibiotics. 

Dr. Smith’s recipes prevent ear infections by teaching parents how to control the common colds and other problems that cause them.  His first instruction for moms and dads is “stop your kid’s nose blowing! Nose blowing forces infected material into the ears and nasal sinuses. If you were meant to blow your nose, you would have been born with bellows.”

Widespread nose blowing illustrates a popular ignorance about proper cold treatment.  Nobody offers any detailed cold treatment instructions - not pediatricians, not family physicians, and not even the Internet - but Dr. Smith’s cookbook does.  His formulas blend courses of over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, decongestants, and, when necessary, selected antibiotics, to successfully and safely muzzle even the most grizzly colds and the bacterial ear infections that follow them.  Readers will not only learn how to subdue their children’s colds but also their own.

Recurrent and persistent childhood ear infections have become rampant as more children at younger ages attend day care, pre-school, and after-school care.  Ear infection treatment is the reason for most sick visits to pediatricians, and failed medical therapy with a succession of ever stronger antibiotics is the most common reason for childhood surgery.  Ear infections cost all of us in excess of $3 billion per year.

Dr. Smith’s ear infection treatment relies on prevention rather than on after-the-fact rescues with strong antibiotics and surgery, both of which can be costly.  In addition to instructing readers how to neutralize colds, he also teaches them to eliminate other contributing factors including dry and dirty air, seasonal and year-round allergies, and stomach acid reflux. 

Dr. Smith has successfully coached thousands of parents in California, Massachusetts, and Connecticut and taught them to work with their children’s pediatricians to keep the kids healthy, hearing, speaking clearly, and out of the operating room.  The publication of his cookbook now makes these methods available to parents and children everywhere.

Parent’s Ear Infection Cookbook: Medical Recipes for Avoiding Surgery can be purchased worldwide as a 200 page paperback at ( and its international affiliates in Great Britain, France, Italy, Spain, and Germany.  Ebook formats are also available at Amazon’s Kindle bookstore (, Barnes and Noble’s Nook bookstore (, on the iBook Store (, and on the Smashwords ebookstore ( for all eReaders including iPad, iPhone, Sony, Palm, Kindle. Nook, Stanza, and computer eBook applications.