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Joanne Tobacman, MD, an ... [cached]

Joanne Tobacman, MD, an assistant professor in the department of internal medicine at the University of Iowa, is a leading researcher of this seaweed extract, used as a thickening agent in many foods, including soy milk and ice cream. "Many careful animal studies consistently demonstrate intestinal inflammation caused by carrageenan exposure. For that reason, I think it's a good idea to avoid carrageenan-containing food products," she advises.

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Veteran researcher Joanne Tobacman, MD, associate professor of clinical medicine at the University of Illinois School of Medicine at Chicago puts it into terms that's a little easier to understand.

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The petition was filed by Dr. Joanne Tobacman, a physician-researcher at the University of Illinois - Chicago College of Medicine, who has been studying food-grade carrageenan for more than a decade.

"It is disappointing that the FDA continues to permit carrageenan to be used as a food additive despite clear evidence that it causes inflammation," says Dr. Tobacman.
Dr. Hanauer and Dr. Tobacman are currently conducting a study using human patients with ulcerative colitis, a serious gastrointestinal disease.
"[Dr. Tobacman] explained that all forms of carrageenan are capable of causing inflammation.

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Their worry is based upon exploration investigations of carrageenan by Dr. Joanne Tobacman, a partner teacher at the University of Illinois in Chicago, who made cases this normally happening kelp subsidiary causes gastrointestinal irritation and pre-harmful sores when nourished to little lab creatures.

What numerous don't understand is that Dr. Tobacman was really concentrating on a molecular corrupted type of carrageenan called poligeenan, which has never been utilized as a part of nourishment applications, and is utilized as a part of different applications, for example, barium contrast answer for X-beams and CT examines.

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The result: "It predictably causes inflammation, which can lead to ulcerations and bleeding," explains veteran researcher Joanne Tobacman, MD, associate professor of clinical medicine at the University of Illinois School of Medicine at Chicago.

She says the food ingredient irritates by activating an immune response that dials up inflammation. And we all know by now, that we are always trying to reduce inflammation, right??
Dr. Tobacman also told the board that in the past, drug investigators actually used carrageenan to cause inflammation in tissues in order to test the anti-inflammatory properties of new drugs. And she reported further that when laboratory mice are exposed to low concentrations of carrageenan for 18 days, they develop "profound" glucose intolerance and impaired insulin action, both of which can lead to diabetes."

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