Thanks also to the Senate for Passing US Senate Resolution to benefit celiac disease awareness each year. The Resolution represents the work of those with celiac disease, the American Celiac Society, Celiac Disease Foundation, Gluten Intolerance Group of North America, National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, the American Celiac Disease Alliance and the Celiac Support Association.
The date of September 13 was chosen because it honors the birthday of Samuel Gee, MD a British physician and pediatrician. Dr. Gee published the first modern description of the clinical picture of celiac disease and is credited with being the first to identify the link between celiac disease and diet. One of Gee’s famous quotes on celiac disease is “if the patient can be cured at all, it must be by means of diet.”
The 1 in 141 prevalence statistics reflect the Mayo Clinic analysis of the nearly 8,000 blood samples from the Center for Disease Control -- National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2009-2010. This is the first large study to confirm the 2003 Multi-Center Prevalence of 1 in 133. Read the abstract
Samuel Gee, MD Wikipedia Entry