Below is in excerpt from THE SPRUE-NIK PRESS which was sent out on Thursday, 7 Dec 1995 as an Automatic distribution (AFD) of the file CELIAC SPRUENIK. If you would like to get this excellent celiac resource, contact Mike Jones at email@example.com
Dr. Fasano, from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, began the meeting with some interesting data on celiac research:
Over the past 30 years there have been 6,276 papers published on celiac disease and only 10 of these were from the USA.
In an effort to quantify the number of celiacs in the USA Dr. Fasano took his own money and purchased 2000 blood samples from the Red Cross. He screened each of the blood samples for celiac disease using the endomysial antibody test. Eight of these samples tested positive. This indicates a potential ratio of 1/250 people in the USA with celiac disease or with the genetic potential to develop celiac disease. If this ratio were to hold true for the entire USA population, it would mean there are over one million celiacs in this country. Remember this is one small study, using samples from the Baltimore area. The point is, we need more studies such as this, using a larger sample size derived from multiple areas around the country, to get a reliable estimate of the incidence of celiac disease in this country.
For more information on the incidence of celiac disease see the Research Data On Celiac Disease page.