He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago in 1972. He served his medical internship at Vancouver General Hospital in British Columbia, Canada and under took 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 that many of the diseases his patients brought to his office – 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.).
Dr. Klaper believes strongly that proper nutrition and a balanced lifestyle are essential for health and, in many cases, make the difference between healing an illness or merely treating the symptoms.
To further the education of physicians and other health professionals about the importance of nutrition in clinical practice, Dr. Klaper serves as the Director of the non-profit Institute of Nutrition Education and Research. He is also a member of the Nutrition Task Force of the American Medical Student Association.
Dr. Klaper is a pilot who has 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.
A gifted teacher, clinician, and author of successful books and videos on cholesterol-free nutrition, Dr. Klaper has contributed to the making of two PBS television programs, “Food for Thought,” and the award-winning, “Diet for a New America.”
For over ten years, Dr. Klaper hosted the popular medical rmation radio program, “Sounds of Healing,” on WPFW in Washington, DC and KAOI 1110 AM in Maui, Hawaii.
Dr. 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 in California and Hawaii and is available for private consultations by phone or Skype. His experience and easy-to-understand explanations enable him to serve as your private medical expert when faced with an important or difficult decision regarding your healthcare.
Dr. Klaper is a featured speaker at events throughout the year. See a list of his speaking engagements.
In 2012, Dr. Klaper released a DVD about Understanding Your Blood Test Results.
In 2013, Dr. Klaper released a DVD about Salt, Sugar and Oil.
In 2014, from March 30 – April 6, Dr. Klaper will host a Spring Renewal Cleanse Retreat on Maui.
A number of free videos can be seen here on DoctorKlaper.com.
See Dr. Klaper in a 5-minute video talking about his awe of the human body, the pleasure he derives from working with his patients, life as an ethical vegan, and what he hopes to say and feel at the end of his life.
Read a 4-part interview with Dr. Klaper originally published under the headline, “Doctors with a Difference.”
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