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A Humble Reflection of Adversity: New Future for Nicholas Bellofatto

Back in May when I approached Nick about telling his story, he took on the challenge of being an example of what addiction can entail and how people can battle adversity and succeed. I've known this man since 2003 in our days at Malden Catholic High School, never once would you have thought he was battling addiction and image issues. Nick was a confident young man, an athlete and a successful student, in an environment that groomed him to succeed in life post Malden Catholic and into UMASS Amherst. As many of you followed and shared his posts through the summer, I wanted to bring his story again to the forefront of our hearts and minds. Nick has had an eventful summer avoiding hurricanes alo

Lactose Intolerance

One of the most common food intolerances is lactose. But what is it and should you really be avoiding it? What is Lactose Intolerance? Lactose intolerance is the decreased ability of your body to break down lactose, the carbohydrate naturally found in dairy products. When lactose enters the small intestine it is typically broken down by an enzyme called lactase. Some people lack this enzyme so instead lactose continues to travel to the large intestine where it is broken down by bacteria. This process releases gas as a by-product which causes bloating and abdominal pain or discomfort. How can I tell if I have lactose intolerance? Common symptoms of lactose intolerance include bloating, abdomi