Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Terms of Use

Thank you for visiting our website, EliasAndWilliams.com. Please read these terms and conditions carefully before using our website. By using this website, you agree to be bound by these Terms of Use. If you do not agree to the terms and conditions contained herein, you may not access or otherwise use the website. We may make changes to our website, these terms and conditions, or the policies and conditions that govern the use of our website at any time. We encourage you to review these terms periodically for updates or changes. Your continued access or use of our website shall be deemed your notification and acceptance of these changes.


Information on this website is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare professional. You should not use the information on the website for the purpose of diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication or other treatment. This website does not contain information about all diseases, nor does it contain all information that may be relevant to a particular medical or health condition.

Never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this site. You should always speak with your physician or other healthcare professional before taking any medication or nutritional supplement, or adopting any form of treatment for a health problem.  Information provided on this website DOES NOT create a doctor-patient relationship between you and either Dr. Peter M. Elias or Dr. Mary L. Williams or with any other health care professional associated with this website.

While every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that the information provided in this website is current and accurate, the authors and website administrators assume no responsibility for the accuracy and correctness of the information on this site or for any consequences of relying upon it. Such information is often presented in summary or aggregate form and is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other medical professional(s), or for any information contained on or in any product packaging or labels.


All material on EliasAndWilliams.com created by its authors is protected by law, including, but not limited to, United States copyright and trademark law, as well as other state, national, and international laws and regulations. EliasAndWilliams owns a copyright in this website as a collective work and/or compilation, and in the selection, coordination, arrangement, and enhancement of this site’s content, and in original content created by and for this website. Except as expressly provided herein, EliasAndWilliams.com does not grant any express or implied right(s) to Users of this site. Removing or altering the copyright notice on any material on this site is prohibited. All original Content is copyrighted by EliasAndWilliams.com, whether accompanied by a copyright notice or not.

You may not modify, remove, delete, augment, add to, publish, transmit, participate in the transfer or sale of, create derivative works from, or in any way exploit any of the Content, in whole or in part without the written permission of EliasandWilliams.com. All rights to such Content are reserved to their respective copyright owners. Any such Content may be used solely for your personal, non-commercial use. If you violate any of these terms, your permission to use the Content will automatically TERMINATE and you must immediately destroy any copies you have of any portion of the Content.

This website welcomes your feedback and suggestions about how to improve our services and this site. Your privacy is important to us. For more information please consult our Privacy Policy.

Q & A’s

Although EliasAndWilliams.com welcomes questions concerning the skin from its users, the authors do not guarantee that the users will receive a reply, timely or otherwise. No specific advice will be provided about any individual’s skin condition, skin care practices, medications, or other health questions. All information given, including in response to queries from users of this website, is general information and does not constitute medical advice, nor does it create a doctor-patient relationship. This website retains the right to alter the language and edit the content of the questions submitted by users in any manner the website and its authors desire, and to post the questions, altered or not, on the website. Any answers to medical questions provided will not be specifically directed to any individual’s personal medical condition or situation.

Your privacy is important to us. For more information on how we will protect your privacy when visiting EliasAndWilliams.com, please consult our Privacy Policy.


Due to the nature of the Internet, we cannot prohibit minors from visiting our website. However, all users who register with our website must be 18 years of age or older or provide verified parental consent (see our Privacy Policy).


  • Code of Conduct. You agree not to do any of the following:
  • Restrict or inhibit any other authorized user from using and enjoying this site.
  • Harvest or collect email addresses or other contact information of other users from this site by electronic or other means.
  • Send any unsolicited commercial emails or other unsolicited commercial communications through this site or based on information collected from this site.
  • Use this site to advertise one’s goods or services or the goods or services of a third party.
  • Interfere (or attempt to interfere) with the operation of this site. This includes, without limitation, interfering with, defeating, or circumventing any security function of this site, or attempting to do so.
  • Impersonate any person or entity, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent yourself or your affiliation with any person or entity.
  • Post, store, or transmit any unlawful, threatening, intimidating, harassing, defamatory, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, obscene, inflammatory, pornographic, profane, or otherwise objectionable information or material, as determined by EliasAndWilliams.com.
  • Post, store, or transmit any information or material that could constitute or encourage conduct that would be considered a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any law.
  • Use this site to post, store, or transmit any information or software that contains a virus, worm, Trojan horse, or any other harmful or disruptive component.
  • Use any robot, spider or other automated device to access this site, or any portion thereof.
  • Use this site to post, store, or transmit materials in violation of another party’s copyright or other intellectual property rights. You are solely responsible for determining whether any material you post, store, or transmit is subject to or violative of a third party’s rights.
  • Modify, adapt, sublicense, translate, resell, retransmit, reverse engineer, decompile or disassemble any portion of this site.
  • Use this site for any unlawful purpose or in any manner that could damage, disable, overburden or impair the site.
  • Any conduct by you on our website that we believe, in our sole discretion, restricts or inhibits any other user from using or enjoying our website will not be permitted. You agree to use our website for lawful purposes only. You are prohibited from posting on or transmitting through our website any unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, sexually explicit, profane, hateful, fraudulent, racially, ethnically, or religiously derogatory content or otherwise objectionable material of any kind, including, but not limited to, any material that encourages conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any applicable local, state, national, or international law. You also agree not to use our website to post or cause to be posted petitions for any issue, or to post or cause to be posted any advertisement or solicitation of funds, goods or services.

You may not post any content from this website to forums, newsgroups, list serves, mailing lists, electronic bulletin boards, blogs, wikis, or other websites, without the prior written consent of EliasAndWilliams.com or the relevant third-party owner of rights. You warrant that you will not use this site for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these Terms of Use, including but not limited to (i) disrupting, impairing or interfering with this website, or attempting to do so, or (ii) collecting any information about other users, including personal URLs, accounts or other information, or attempting to do so.

You hereby acknowledge that any violation of any of our policies may result in TERMINATION of your access to our website, deactivation or deletion of your account and all related information and files in your account, and preclusion of any further access to such files or our website, without prior notice.


This website, EliasAndWilliams.com, is provided for your use on an “as is” / “as available” basis. We, along with our affiliates and third-party content providers, do not make any representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, with respect to our website or its Content offered on or through our website or any other website to which our website links, or the uninterrupted or error-free use of our website. We do not warrant that our website or files available on our website will be free from corrupted data, computer viruses or similar destructive or contaminating code. No advice or information provided by us or by our affiliates shall create a warranty of any kind. Your use of our website and any website linked to our website is expressly at your own risk.

Our website may contain some materials and/or graphics which may be explicit, unedited, or offensive to you. Access such materials at your own risk. This website, its authors and their information providers, agents, officers, and employees bear no responsibility for such materials and you agree to hold them free from liability for any damages, direct or indirect, resulting from any such materials.

The information on our website is subject to change without notice.

Links to Eliasandwilliams.com. You may include a link from your website, forum, newsgroup, list serve, mailing list, electronic bulletin board, blog or wiki to this website, provided that your website, forum, newsgroup, list serve, mailing list, electronic bulletin board, blog or wiki does not contain illegal, obscene or offensive content. Notwithstanding the foregoing, this website, EliasAndWilliams.com, and its authors reserve the right to demand that you remove any link on your website that, in their sole judgment, would negatively affect the reputation of EliasAndWilliams.com or its authors, Peter M. Elias, M.D. and Mary L. Williams, M.D.

Links to Other Sites. This website is an educational and informational service. This site may provide access to materials and information that reside on sites not owned or controlled by EliasAndWilliams.com. Such external sites may include advertisements through which you may be taken to other sites not owned or controlled by EliasAndWilliams.com. This website, EliasAndWilliams.com, has no control over such third-party websites or their content. You acknowledge and agree that the authors of this website, EliasAndWilliams.com, are not responsible for the availability of such sites or resources, and neither review nor endorse any content, advertising, products, services or other materials on or available from such third-party websites.

Accordingly, this site expressly disclaims any responsibility for the content, the accuracy of the information, and the quality of products or services provided by or advertised on such external sites or resources. You agree that EliasAndWilliams.com and its authors will not be responsible or liable for any alleged loss or damage incurred by you as the result of any dealings that you may have with any third-party advertisers or websites, including but not limited to communications with such third parties or reliance on their representations, online or otherwise.


Under no circumstances shall we or any other party involved in creating, producing, or distributing our website be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages or loss of profits, goodwill, use, data or other intangible losses (even if we have been advised of the possibility of such damages) that allegedly result from (i) any delay, failure, interruption or corruption of our website or any data or information transmitted in connection with the use of the website, (ii) personal injury or death caused by your use or misuse of our website, (iii) unauthorized access to or alteration of your transmissions or data, (iv) statements or conduct of any third party on our website, or (v) any other matter relating to our website. You hereby acknowledge that this paragraph shall apply to all content available through our website. Because some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of liability for consequential or incidental damages, in such states, liability is limited to the fullest extent permitted by law. Notwithstanding the foregoing, total liability of EliasAndWilliams.com for any reason whatsoever related to use of this site shall not exceed $50.

You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless us, our employees, agents, providers, licensors and affiliates from and against all claims, actions, demands, judgments, losses, and liabilities (including, without limitation, costs, expenses and attorneys’ fees) by you or any third party arising from or relating to your use of this website, your connection to this website, Content you submit to, post to or transmit through this website, your violation of these Terms of Use, or your violation of any rights of another person in connection with this website.

We respect your privacy in accordance with the terms of our Privacy Policy. We reserve the right to monitor our website and to disclose any information recorded or posted on, submitted to, or transmitted through our website to the extent that we, in our sole discretion, deem such disclosure necessary to comply with any law, regulation, subpoena, or government request; to operate our website; or to protect our rights or property or the rights or property of our users. In addition, we are committed to protecting the privacy of children. The website is not intended or designed to attract children under the age of 18 (see above).

We may TERMINATE your access, or suspend your access to all or part of our website, without notice, for any conduct that we believe, in our sole discretion, is in violation of any applicable law or is unreasonably harmful to us, our interests or the interests of another user or a third-party provider.


We control the website from our offices within the United States. We make no representation that the website’s Content is appropriate, legal or available for use in other locations. Those who choose to access our website from other locations do so on their own initiative and are responsible for compliance with applicable local laws. You may not use or export the website’s Content in violation of United States export laws and regulations. Any claim relating to the website, the services provided through the website or its Content shall be governed by the laws of the State of California. If a dispute should arise between you and us, you expressly agree that exclusive jurisdiction and venue lie in the state or federal courts located in San Francisco, California.

These terms are effective until terminated by either party. If you no longer agree to be bound by these Terms of Use, you must cease your use of our website. Subject to applicable law, we reserve the right to suspend or deny, in our sole discretion, your access to all or any portion of our website with or without notice. You agree that any TERMINATION of your access to our website may be effected without prior notice, and acknowledge and agree that we may immediately deactivate or delete your account and all related

information and files in your account and bar any further access to such files or our website. Further, you agree that we shall not be liable to you or any third party for any TERMINATION of your access to our website.


All funding and support for the website is provided by the Elias Williams Medical Corporation, a private medical corporation.


This website does not permit outside advertisements, other than those directly related to the professional activities of Drs. Peter Elias and Mary Williams.


Failure to insist on strict performance of any of the Terms of Use set forth in this agreement will not operate as a waiver of any subsequent default or failure to perform. No waiver by EliasAndWilliams.com of any right under these Terms of Use will be deemed to be either a waiver of any other right or provision, or a waiver of that same right or provision at any other time. In addition to these Terms of Use, you may also be subject to additional terms or conditions that apply when you use affiliate services, third-party content or third-party software. Our failure to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Terms of Use shall not constitute a waiver of such additional rights or provisions.


These Terms of Use constitute the entire agreement between you and us and govern the use of our website. If any provision of these Terms of Use is determined to be invalid or unenforceable pursuant to applicable law, including but not limited to the disclaimers and the liability limitations set forth above, then the invalid or unenforceable provision will be deemed superseded by a valid and enforceable provision that most clearly matches the intent of the original provision, and the remainder of these Terms of Use shall remain in full force and effect.


You agree that regardless of any law or statute to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or relating to use of our website or these Terms of Use must be filed within one year after such claim or cause of action accrued, or will be forever barred.


The section titles in the Terms of Use are for convenience only and have no legal or contractual effect.


We respect the intellectual property of others, and we ask our users to do the same. If you believe that your work has been copied and is accessible on our website in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, you may notify us by providing our copyright agent the following information:

1. An electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest;

2. A description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed, including the URL (i.e., webpage address) of the location where the copyrighted work exists or a copy of the copyrighted work;

3. Identification of the URL or other specific location on our website where the material that you claim is infringing your copyright interest is located;

4. Your address, telephone number, and email address;

5. A statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law;

6. A statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner’s behalf.

7. Notices and claims of copyright or other intellectual property infringement on the site may be submitted by clicking here.


Copyright February 2013, by Peter M. Elias, M.D. and Mary L. Williams, M.D. All rights reserved. Any rights not expressly granted herein are reserved.

Privacy Policy

We are committed to protecting your online privacy. You can visit our website, EliasAndWilliams.com without revealing any personal information. If, however, you would like to receive our free booklet(s) or subscribe to our blog notifications, you will need to provide an email address. We may share this email address with our third-party email management vendor for purposes of delivering such booklets or blog notifications to you, but we will not share your email address for any marketing purpose. You can unsubscribe from our blog notifications at any time by sending an email to: eliasandwilliams@EliasAndWilliams.com.

EliasAndWilliams.com may link to websites operated by third parties; we have no control over the privacy policies and practices of such third-party sites. You are directed to review the terms of those sites for information about their privacy policies.

We welcome your questions about the skin and how it functions in health and disease, but we cannot offer any specific or personal medical advice. Please address all questions about your health or the health of a friend or family member to your personal physician. Email communications that you send to us jointly or individually via the email links on our site may be shared with other medical experts in order to better address the substance of your inquiry.   We may post your comments on our website with the name you used to register with us. We may also use all or part of your comments or queries to post in a “Q & A” blog on our website or otherwise.  We are unable to respond to all inquiries, questions and comments, and in any event cannot guarantee a timely response. If you do not wish to have your comments or user name published on our site, please make that clear in your comments. Nor can we guarantee that emails sent to us via links on this site are completely secure or confidential. It is possible, for example, that your email could be accessed or viewed by another Internet user while in transit to us. If you wish to keep your communication private, please do not use email.

We collect and log the Internet Protocol (IP) address of all visitors to EliasAndWilliams.com. We do so in order to properly administer our system and gather aggregate information about how our site is being used, including pages visitors are viewing. This aggregate information may be shared with others. But, to maintain your anonymity, we will not associate IP addresses with any records containing personal information, except that we will use IP address information to personally identify you if it becomes necessary to enforce our legal rights or when required to do so by law enforcement authorities.

This site is intended for adults age 18 and older. It is not intended for or designed to attract people under the age of 18. We will not collect personal identifiable information from any person we know to be under the age of 18.

“Cookies” are small pieces of information that some websites store on your computer’s hard drive when you visit them. Like many other websites, EliasAndWilliams.com relies on cookies to provide us with information relating to the sources of our site traffic. Collecting this information, however, does not allow us to personally identify you. Our site requires that both cookies and JavaScript be enabled. If you reject cookies from our site, it is possible that some parts of the site may not work properly for you.

If you have a complaint or problem, you may email us through the “Contact us” link. We reserve the right to update our privacy policy as needed and without notice. The date at the bottom of this page indicates the time of the most recent update. If you have any concerns about your privacy on this site, please review this policy during each visit.

These terms of service and privacy policy were last updated on August 22, 2013.

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Disclaimer: This website is for informational purposes only. Use of this website is not intended to substitute for professional medical judgment or advice. This website does not provide medical advice and nothing contained herein is intended to constitute professional advice for medical diagnosis or treatment.You should always consult a doctor regarding any skin care or medical problems or conditions. See our Terms of Use.