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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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Oct 31, 2019



Jon and his college pals were celebrating the end of exams with endless parasol-topped drinks at the Szechuan Star Restaurant.  His buddy Bill screams, “ you can’t down this quart of soy sauce.


Jon wins the bet but nearly loses his life.  He starts to seize and becomes unresponsive.  At the ER, the anti-seizure medicines work but he is in a coma.  Blood testing shows his blood sodium to be the highest ever recorded.


He only recovers after a massive infusion of 6 liters of sugar water into his gastrointestinal tract.  He never wants to see soy sauce again.  Soy sauce is salty and the quart he chugged contains one-third pound of salt.


#soysauce #salt #seizures