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Dr. Joanne K. Tobacman

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Associate Professor of Clinical M...

University of Illinois at Chicago
839 West Roosevelt Road
Chicago , Illinois 60608
United States

Company Description: UIC ranks among the nation's leading research universities and is Chicago's largest university with 27,000 students, 12,000 faculty and staff, 15 colleges and the...   more

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University of Illinois at ..., 7 April 2014 [cached]
University of Illinois at Chicago physician and professor, Dr. Joanne Tobacman, has been publishing research on the health effects of carrageenan for more than a decade. She is concerned enough about the health risks of food grade carrageenan to have petitioned the FDA in 2008 to prohibit its use in food. Her petition cited decades of publicly-funded, peer-reviewed science (including her own) on carrageenan-induced inflammation in animals and cells. The FDA responded with a letter of denial. (1)
Dr. Tobacman maintains that both types of carrageenan are harmful. In a presentation to the National Organic Standards Board in April 2012, Dr. Tobacman noted that:
3) Tobacman, J. 1997. Filament Disassembly and Loss of Mammary Myoepithelial Cells after Exposure to Carrageenan, Cancer Research, 57, 2823-2826, July 15, 1997.
nutpods........the journey, 14 Jan 2015 [cached]
According to Joanne Tobacman M.D., a well-versed researcher of carrageenan at the University of Illinois, the substance triggers an immune response in our bodies.
Scientific Abstract - Broad Foundation Scientific | Medical Research, 3 June 2013 [cached]
Principal Investigator: Joanne K. Tobacman, M.D. Applicant Organization: The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois (Chicago, U.S.A.) Project Title: Effects of carrageenan-free diet on activity of ulcerative colitis
The connection was first established by ..., 4 April 2013 [cached]
The connection was first established by Joanne Tobacman, an associate professor at the University of Illinois in Chicago, whose research found "harmful effects of … carrageenan on human intestinal cells.
It clearly has to be attributed to the research of Dr. Joanne Tobacman, an associate professor at the University of Illinois in Chicago. She and a group of molecular biologists have accused carrageenan of being a potential inflammatory agent as a conclusion from laboratory experiments with cells of the digestive tract.
It requires a lot of unproven assumptions to even suggest that consumption of carrageenan in the human diet causes inflammatory diseases of the digestive tract. The objectivity of the Chicago research is also flawed by the fact that Dr Tobacman has tried to have carrageenan declared an unsafe food additive on weak technical arguments that she broadcast widely a decade before the University of Chicago research began.
In April 2012, University of ..., 13 May 2013 [cached]
In April 2012, University of Illinois medical researcher, Joanne Tobacman, testified before the National Organic Standard Board about the harmful effects of carrageenan. Over the years, Tobacman published 18 peer-reviewed studies linking carrageenan to increased inflammation, gastrointestinal issues, and cancer. Specifically, Tobacman found that mice consuming carrageenan were more likely to develop glucose intolerance, gastrointestinal ulcerations, and even gastrointestinal malignancies.
In her testimony, Tobacman claimed that carrageenan has been used by drug researchers for the specific purpose of producing inflammation in mice for anti-inflammatory drug studies. As most people are now well-aware, the medical community considers inflammation a contributing factor in serious health problems like autoimmune diseases and cancer. Despite Tobacman’s testimony, carrageenan remains on the National Organic Standard Board’s list of approved ingredients.
In 2008, Tobacman submitted a petition to the Food and Drug Administration which cited more than a decade of her research on the harmful effects of carrageenan and requested that carrageenan be banned as a food additive for human consumption.
According to Joanne Tobacman, carrageenan is also found in most condensed milk; so any product containing condensed milk might also contain carrageenan, even if it is not explicitly stated on the label.
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