If GMos are Not Enough, Check out Carrageenan


From fish with cancer and medications found in our water supply that is changing the sex of fish, growth hormones in our meat, genetically modified organisms in our food, we also have to watch out for Carrageenan.  The sad thing is that Carrageenan is also commonly used in organic foods so when we think we are eating healthy, that may not be the case at all.

Carrageenan is a common food additive that is extracted from a red seaweed, which has no nutritional value at all, and is used as a thickener and binder to improve the texture of ice cream, yogurt, cottage cheese, soy milk and other processed foods.   In manufacturing, carrageenan is also used as a stabilizer in medications, foods, and toothpaste and is an ingredient in weight loss products .

The University of Illinois College of Medicine, conducted studies linking carrageenan – the type that is widely used in foods with malignancies and other stomach problems and our digesting carrageenan causes inflammation and that when we consume processed foods containing it, we ingest enough to cause inflammation in our bodies. Since chronic inflammation is a root cause of many serious diseases including heart disease, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s diseases, and cancer,  the use of carrageenan has been tested in tissues and 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.

According to Charlotte Vallaeys, director of Farm and Food Policy for non-profit food policy research group Cornucopia, the FDA picks profits over public health.  Though current research indicates carrageenan side effects can cause a host of problems, the FDA refuses to impose limitations on its use.  “Natural does not mean safe,” says Vallaeys. “Poison ivy is natural, but you wouldn’t put it in skin lotion…carrageenan side effects appear to do to your gut what poison ivy does to your skin.”

To see a list of brands of “natural” or “organic” foods that contain carrageenan, please click on the link below.


All Major 2016 Presidential Candidates OPPOSE GMO Labeling


It’s up to the US people to protect the food supply.  Don’t allow the government and large corporations continue to put poison in our foods – you can do that by getting the word out and hitting them in the pocket – the only thing they seem to understand.  Because of the wise choices of everyday people, large greedy corporations are already starting to see their profits drop and more and more stores are stocking their shelves with non GMO and organic and gluten free food.

Read more about who has to say what about labeling and e-mail friends, tweet, blog, use Facebook and make your voice heard.


Run for the Ribbon – Mark Your Calendar


The 7th annual “Run for the Ribbon 5K Run/Walk” will be held on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21, 2015 at 8:45 AM at the Detroit Zoo, sponsored by MIU (Michigan Institute of Urology), Men’s Health Foundation to benefit prostate cancer survivorship.  Create a team with family and friends! 

Online registration closes June 19, 2015.  You can register online at www.MIURunForTheRibbon.org., by mail at MIU Run for the Ribbon, 20952 E. 12 Mile Rd., Suite 200, St.Clair Shores, MI 48081, in person at all Michigan Institute of Urology offices, or race day registration beginning at 7:15 AM at the Detroit Zoo.  Registration fees are:

  • Early registration by 5/22/15 – Adults $25 – Kids -$15
  • Registration 5/23 – 6/19 – Adults $30 – Kids – $20
  • Race day – Adults $35 – Kids $25

For more information please click on the link above or call (586) 443-4272

Run for the Ribbon Night Full of Fun!

Please join us for a night full of fun, laughs and chances to win fun prizes with our raffle table 50/50.  We will also have a donation table for any loose change.  You can enjoy dinner prior to the comedy show for 10% discount or purchase appetizers during the show.  There will be limited seating so act quick to enjoy a night out for the MIU Trenton comedy fundraiser.

Tickets are $20 at Portofino, 3455 Biddle St., Wyandotte, MI 48197 – doors open at 7:30 PM show starts at 8:30 PM.