Dr. Michael Klaper
Dr. Michael Klaper, is a gifted clinician, internationally recognized teacher, and sought-after speaker on diet and health. He has practiced medicine for more than 40 years and is a leading educator in applied plant-based nutrition and integrative medicine. Dr. Klaper is also the author of a successful book on cholesterol-free nutrition and an upcoming title (to be announced in 2016), as well as numerous health videos.
A source of inspiration advocating plant-based diets and the end of animal cruelty worldwide, Dr. Klaper contributed to the making of two PBS television programs Food for Thought and the award-winning Diet for a New America movie based on the book of the same name by author and former heir to the Baskin-Robbins fortune, John Robbins. He teaches his students and patients that “health comes from healthy living,” and is dedicated to the healing and flourishing of all living beings and of the planet itself.
Dr. Michael Klaper graduated in 1972 from University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. He served his medical internship at Vancouver General Hospital in British Columbia, Canada and undertook additional training in surgery, anesthesiology, and orthopedics at the University of British Columbia Hospitals in Vancouver, and obstetrics at the University of California Hospitals in San Francisco.
As Dr. Klaper’s medical career progressed, he began to realize (true to what science is bearing out today) that many of the diseases his patients presented with – clogged arteries (atherosclerosis), high blood pressure (hypertension), obesity, adult onset diabetes, and even some forms of arthritis, asthma, and other significant illnesses – were made worse or actually caused by the high-fat, high sugar, overly processed Standard American Diet (S.A.D.).
Accordingly, Dr. Klaper resolutely believes that proper nutrition and a balanced lifestyle are essential for health and, in many cases, can make the difference between healing an illness or merely treating its symptoms.
As a passionate and devoted educator of physicians and other healthcare professionals about the importance of nutrition in clinical practice, Dr. Michael Klaper served as the Director of the non-profit Institute of Nutrition Education and Research.
He was also a member of the Nutrition Task Force of the American Medical Student Association, and served as an advisor to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) project on nutrition for long-term space colonists on the moon and Mars.
For over ten years, he hosted the popular medical information radio program Sounds of Healing on WPFW in Washington, DC and KAOI 1110 AM on Maui, Hawaii.
Dr. Michael Klaper practiced acute care medicine in New Zealand for three years and currently serves on the staff of the TrueNorth Health Center in Santa Rosa, California, a nutritionally-based medical clinic specializing in therapeutic fasting and health improvement through a whole-foods, plant-based diet. Dr. Michael Klaper is licensed to practice medicine in California and Hawaii.
“Health is having a body that moves without pain, breathes without distress and allows us to perform the activities of life with complete presence and focused energy.
Then, we can love fully and enjoy our lives to the fullest.”
His words have proven to be true, and for the sake of making the proper diagnosis, and more importantly, showing my respect for and acknowledgment of the patient, my interactions with people begin with me becoming quiet and opening my ears and heart to listen to my patient. Though clinical medicine can be complex, my wise professor also said, “Medicine is 10% science and 90% common sense!” As such, I so enjoy explaining to my patients how their body works, and what has been happening to interfere with its normal function. Then, I tell them how and what they can do to actively optimize their healing, starting with proper food choices.
I did much of my growing up on my uncle’s dairy farm in northern Wisconsin. Since I was a young boy, I wanted things to be “OK” with everyone and everything around me. So when one of our farm animals became injured, I would splint its fracture or dress its wounds. Through this, I discovered the most important ingredient to health and healing, beyond applying basic, sound medical treatments, is Love. When we really do practice “loving our Self enough to…(you fill in the blank)” we will have the well-being that we seek. The harmony and happiness of all beings continues to be vital to me, and I see my work as the art of creating and maintaining this harmony. I gain my inspiration from the grace and perfection of the human body, the infinite, powerful and stunningly beautiful natural world, the indomitable human spirit and the beauty and order of this magical universe. The merging of these aspects—skillfully and lovingly—forms the foundation of my medical practice.
Courage of Conscience Award
Michael Klaper, M.D. was awarded the prestigious Courage of Conscience Award by The Peace Abbey in Sherborn, MA.
Recipients of the Courage of Conscience Award include Mother Teresa, the Dalai Lama, Ram Dass, Rosa Parks, Muhammad Ali, John Lennon, Thich Nhat Hanh, Pete Seeger, Sting, Desmond Tutu, Maya Angelou, Benjamin Spock, and Patch Adams.
The Spirit of The Award
Throughout history, peace awards have served to bring attention to humanitarian causes and great works that otherwise go unnoticed. The increased visibility that awards provide translates into increased public attention and awareness. And from “awareness” springs movements — the civil rights movement, the peace movement, the animal rights movement, and the movement to save the planet. Awards are many things to many people, but at heart they constitute a testimony to the hopes, the dreams, and the actions that lie at the center of an individual’s commitment to a shared vision.