Fad Diets: A Dietitian’s Perspective

Anyone considering a fad diet needs to be reminded that they’re called fad diets for a reason. At best, they’re not useful for long-term weight loss; at worst, they can severely jeopardize your health. Danelle Olson, RD, LDN, CNSC, a registered dietitian in the Weight Loss Surgery Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) explains

Weight Loss Procedures: Comparing Surgical and Non-surgical Options

Weight loss surgery can have life-altering, even lifesaving, effects. If you are 100 pounds overweight (the equivalent of a body mass index, or BMI, of 40), you may be considering weight loss surgery. Non-surgical options may be the right choice if you need to lose less weight. Weight loss procedures can result in significant weight

A Beginner’s Guide to Exercise

A new year means a new opportunity to do the things you always wanted. Whether it’s starting to save money or getting fit—taking the first step isn’t always easy.  But if your new year’s goal is to start working out—you’re in luck! Here are some tips to get started. “If you’re thinking about adding exercise

What’s behind flawless skin? We asked a Dermatologist.

Vitamin C serum, micro algae jelly, revitalizing moisturizer, acne therapy mask… there are endless products in the market that promise to erase wrinkles, shrink pores, lighten scars… give you perfect, glowing skin. According to data compiled by the U.S. Census and Simmons National Consumer Survey, 1.35 million Americans spent $500 or more on skin care

A Common Skin Condition You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

You’ve probably heard of acne, eczema and even psoriasis, or know someone who has one of these skin conditions. Another skin condition—less talked about but still very common—is called hidradenitis suppurativa (HS). “HS is less well-known than other skin conditions because it can be challenging to diagnose, and sometimes patients are reluctant to tell their

Setting the standard for opioid-based medical treatment

It’s a universal truth: nobody likes pain. Yet how we each deal with pain varies greatly. For years, the methodology didn’t vary that much – the accepted prescribing practice was painkillers in the form of opioids, especially after surgery. We now know that these prescribing practices led to a significant number of people becoming addicted

Quebec’s Eastern Townships: The Quaintest Towns on Earth

Sure, there’s great skiing in Quebec’s quaint Eastern Townships…If you can stop eating long enough to click in.  Considering it’s the region that gave us both the Ski-Doo and North America’s earliest grooming machines, American skiers ought to be more familiar with the Eastern Townships—that disconcerting part of Québec where all the place names are

Tips for Healthy Winter Skin

Winter is coming.  But dry, itchy skin doesn’t have to come along with it. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center dermatologist, Erica Dommasch, MD shares tips on keeping skin hydrated and healthy this season. Maintaining Soft Hands Anyone who comes in contact with water a lot is at risk for dry hands. Adding dry, cold weather to the