Dr. Klaper to retire from Medical practice

Submitted on October 14, 2017 - 11:29am

To my Colleagues, Patients and Friends at TrueNorth,

As I enter my ninth year on the TrueNorth Health Center clinical staff, I feel blessed to have practiced the most rewarding medicine of my career here at this remarkable clinic. I am humbled to have witnessed over the years skilled clinicians, determined patients, and dedicated support staff create dramatic recoveries from fearsome, even life-threatening diseases. The clinical experience gained here has revealed to me some of the most powerful keys to human healing known to medicine. (Hint: “It’s the food!”)

Yet, as much as I enjoy primary care medical practice, I have reached a point in my life where I know that my time and energies would be far better utilized helping the medical profession evolve to become one that recognizes and employs the healing power of plant-based nutrition. I now want to devote my full-time efforts to creating courses for doctors on incorporating plant-based nutrition into their own practices, to writing a book on plant-based healing, lecturing in medical schools, teaching medical students, and producing webinars for the public on raising healthy children, optimizing athletic performance, and aging healthfully, among many other subjects. These major projects will require large amounts of time and focus to do properly. The reality is I simply cannot give them the space and energy they deserve while conducting a primary care medical practice. It has become clear that trying to do so is neither fair to my patients nor my projects, nor to TrueNorth. Consequently, after forty-six years of primary care practice, I will be closing my clinical practice December 31st, 2017 to focus on these education-based projects.

I am eagerly anticipating this new chapter of my life, filled with full-time research, travel, writing, recording, and teaching. Each one is an activity that brings joy to my heart and which will be part of my contribution to a saner, healthier and more loving world - as well as helping to create a more effective, compassionate and honest practice of medicine.

After mid-January, Alese and I will be traveling to several plant-based events, namely the Sedona Veg-Fest ( and the Holistic Holiday at Sea Cruise ( before alighting at a quiet location in Palm Springs, CA where my research and writing and recording will begin in earnest.

Of course, we cannot embark upon this adventure without feeling sadness in leaving the many colleagues, patients and friends to whom we have become close during 8+ years at TrueNorth Health Center. There are so many people to whom I must give the warmest “Thank you!”, starting with Dr. Goldhamer and Dr. Jennifer Marano who opened this remarkable opportunity to us, both by creating TrueNorth and staying true to its vision over the decades. They opened their hearts and healing community to Alese and I and have been generous and loving hosts to us. I give a warm “Thanks!” to my clinical colleagues who supported me while I traveled to distant cities and lands and who educated me on the many aspects of healing not taught in conventional medical schools.

"Thank you" and "Muchas Gracias!", as well, to the wonderful people of the Front Desk, Concierge, Housekeeping and Kitchen Staff - you all became my friends and colleagues and your loving, professional labors make TrueNorth a benevolent, living entity with a heart that only wants the best for all who walk through our doors. Through all of your efforts TrueNorth becomes not unlike the ancient Greek healing temples, the Asclaepia, where people recovered their health with rest, fresh food and the loving ministrations of the resident healers and helpers.

I will make every effort to stay connected with you all by written communication and electronic participation in meetings and rounds and will always be available to you, should you need to call on my services. I will remain encouraging of the important research into fasting and plant-based nutrition that is planned for TrueNorth and supportive of the growth of the Center’s clinical program. I look forward to contributing to this pioneering work in some way, increasingly feasible to do in this age of electronic wizardry.

Though we may travel many miles from Santa Rosa, you will always be in our hearts and will have our eternal gratitude for all we have learned, received and enjoyed here. Our best wishes to you all for lives filled with health, happiness and Peace from Alese and me.


Dr. Michael Klaper

NOTE: I will be able to be reached at: and those interested in following my writings, appearances and webinars can do so through my website:

Vegan Diets Linked to Reduced Cataract Risk

Submitted on June 25, 2011 - 6:29am

This week, I was planning to write about recent research that found a strong, positive correlation between a diet including animal proteins and type 2 diabetes.  The study "Low-carbohydrate diet scores and risk of type 2 diabetes in men" was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. As I was reading through the articles, though, I found a number of articles in the current volume of the journal that support (albeit indirectly) a whole-food, plant-based diet. Here''s a few of the articles I found:

  • A high-fat diet impairs cardiac high-energy phosphate metabolism and cognitive function in healthy human subjects. The American journal of clinical nutrition Vol: 93 Issue: 4 ISSN: 0002-9165 Date: 04/2011 Pages: 844 - 850.
    • This was a small study (n=16) of young males that compared a high fat diet (75 +/- 1% of calories) to a standard diet (23 +/- 1%). The researchers measured cardiac functions and cognitive functions. They found that the high fat diet decreased a major biomarker for cardiac function. They also found reduced cognitive abilities from the high fat diet. The real question to me is how did anyone manage to consume a diet with 75% of calories from fat...I can see why they had to use young males in the study.
  • High-protein, reduced-carbohydrate weight-loss diets promote metabolite profiles likely to be detrimental to colonic health: The American journal of clinical nutrition Vol: 93 Issue: 5 ISSN: 0002-9165 Date: 05/2011 Pages: 1062 - 1072
    • This study followed 17 obese men and put them on both a high protein, moderate carbohydrate diet and a high protein, low carbohydrate for 4 weeks at a time. The researchers concluded: "After 4 wk, weight-loss diets that were high in protein but reduced in total carbohydrates and fiber resulted in a significant decrease in fecal cancer-protective metabolites and increased concentrations of hazardous metabolites."
  • Diet, vegetarianism, and cataract risk: The American journal of clinical nutrition Vol: 93 Issue: 5 ISSN: 0002-9165 Date: 05/2011 Pages: 1128 - 1135
    • I found this study one of the more interesting because they had a large sample size (n=27,670). The results they published: "There was a strong relation between cataract risk and diet group, with a progressive decrease in risk of cataract in high meat eaters to low meat eaters, fish eaters (participants who ate fish but not meat), vegetarians, and vegans."

The last study in the list is just part of the growing body of large-scale evidence supporting the hypothesis that a whole-food, plant-based diet will lead to better health outcomes that a diet rich with animal foods and processed products. Hopefully I''ll get around to a more in-depth analysis of the type 2 diabetes study next week.