Who has it?
Approximately 1 in 130 people has the worst reaction, now labeled, “Celiac Disease” – the most violent reaction in which one can end up in the hospital from gluten intake.
According to the Center for Celiac Research, University of Maryland, an additional 6% (18 million people) may be classified with “gluten sensitivity” or “gluten intolerance” – they get headaches, bloated stomachs, intestinal problems, etc.
In September 2010, on the Oprah Winfrey Show,Dr. Christiane Northrup, author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause, stated that 1 out of every 4 women suffer from gluten intolerance.
About a quarter of U.S. adults (25% of the population) ) are either trying to reduce or completely avoid gluten in their diets, according to the marketing firm, NPD (National Product Development) Group Inc.
Dr. Hyman says, “But milder forms of gluten sensitivity are even more common and may affect up to one-third of the American population.”
U.S. News and World Report estimates, nearly 15% to 25% of consumers are looking for gluten-free products.
Some people find they simply “feel better”, don’t “feel so bloated” after a meal and many commonly find that their diet “all of a sudden works” when they cut out the gluten!
Dr. Mark Hyman adds, “Yet an estimated 99 percent of people who have a problem with eating gluten don’t even know it. They ascribe their ill health or symptoms to something else–not gluten sensitivity, which is 100 percent curable.”
“Another study comparing the blood of 10,000 people from 50 years ago to 10,000 people today found that the incidences of full-blown celiac disease increased by 400 percent… during that time period. If we saw a 400 percent increase in heart disease or cancer, this would be headline news. But we hear almost nothing about this.”