April 2014
The Herb Lady

Dr. Jane M. Day

In the late summer of 1954, at the age of 23, I became office nurse for Jane M. Day, M.D. At the time I was unaware, but now know, that it was an outstanding opportunity. She was then, and still is today, highly esteemed for her abilities as a physician.

At one time, Reader’s Digest had a monthly column featuring an outstanding person. Each time I read this article, I thought, "I work for mine." Now I’m writing about her.

She was a Montgomery native. She attended Lanier High School, the University of Alabama (in Tuscaloosa), the University of Alabama Medical School (Birmingham) and the Washington University Medical School (St. Louis). Her internship and residency in internal medicine were at Charity Hospital (New Orleans). She excelled in all her studies.

While at Charity, she met and fell in love with Dr. Robert C. Day, a surgical resident under Dr. Alton Ochsner. They were married and became the parents of three children. (This is a good place to tell you that Robert performed the first spleen removal surgery in Montgomery in 1954. This young patient went on to enjoy a long, healthy life.)

Eventually these two doctors practiced medicine in Montgomery. Recently, I became reacquainted with a lady who became Dr. Jane’s patient shortly after I was employed. This lady, who was then a teenager, was a polio victim.

She said, "Miss Nadine, I find it shocking that she did spinal taps right there in her office."

This was just one of the many medical procedures performed in that office.

When I became her office nurse, penicillin was still "the wonder drug." We used iodine, merthiolate and other of today’s "no-nos" freely. Mercuhydrin was the most commonly administered diuretic. I’m sure the word "generic" was in the dictionary, but it did not apply to medicine at that time.

Many things have changed. There were no disposable syringes and needles in 1954. When a stainless-steel needle became dull, I sharpened it with a hone. We sterilized by boiling or in an autoclave. There were no disposable gloves. Gloves were used, of course, but not like they are today. We were not so afraid of germs. I was exposed to many ailments. However, I do not believe I ever contracted an illness from anyone. Evidently proper hygiene was used.

Dr. Jane’s youngest son was 3 years old when I became her nurse. He has more or less followed in his parents’ footsteps to become John R. M. Day, M.D. Now he has a son who is keeping up the tradition.

John’s interest in healing and the multidimensional nature of our being began when he met Helen Keller at the age of 9. He realized she could psychically see despite her physical blindness. His brief time with Ms. Keller prompted an early curiosity about human intuitive and psychic ability.

John attended Rhodes College (Memphis). Next, he attended Tulane University of Medicine (New Orleans). His education continued. In 2001, he retired from his general and vascular surgery practice at Boulder Medical Center, where he was once "Physician of the Year."

Once John told me, early in his practice as a surgeon, he realized that something was missing. He became convinced that preventive measures were advisable. He found natural health products and methods provided this kind of benefit.

Now he is the general manager of Haelan LifeStream Center in Crestone, Colo. There he practices more than one way of natural healing and prevention. To learn more about him, go online to www.haelanlifestream.com or call 719-256-5898.

My employment with Dr. Jane ended in 1969 when my husband’s job required we move to the Mobile area. We no longer worked together, but our friendship continued. She was aware of my involvement with herbs and approved. She had formed an interest in herbs, too. On a trip to England, she made a special trip to their famous herb gardens.

Jane M. Day, M.D. (9/6/17-11/11/91) still remains my most outstanding person, and her son has become one of my "children."

Nadine Johnson can be reached at PO Box 7425, Spanish Fort, AL 36577, by calling 866-570-7302, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..