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:

British Medical Journal Publishes Report from TNH on the Successful Treatment of Lymphoma Cancer with Fasting and a Vegan, SOS-free Diet

Submitted on December 14, 2015 - 8:07pm

This article originally appeared in BMJ Case Reports 2015; doi:10.1136/bcr-2015-211582

Authors: Alan Goldhamer, D.C., Michael Klaper, M.D., Afsoon Foorohar, D.O., and Toshia R Myers, Ph.D.

Summary: Follicular lymphoma (FL), the second most common non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL), is well characterised by a classic histological appearance and an indolent course. Current treatment protocols for FL range from close observation to immunotherapy, chemotherapy and/or radiotherapies. We report the case of a 42-year-old woman diagnosed by excisional biopsy with stage IIIa, grade 1 FL. In addition to close observation, the patient underwent a medically supervised, 21-day water-only fast after which enlarged lymph nodes were substantially reduced in size. The patient then consumed a diet of minimally processed plant foods free of added sugar, oil and salt (SOS), and has remained on the diet since leaving the residential facility. At 6 and 9-month follow-up visits, the patient's lymph nodes were non-palpable and she remained asymptomatic. This case establishes a basis for further studies evaluating water-only fasting and a plant foods, SOS-free diet as a treatment protocol for FL.

To read this article in its entirety, please click here.

Fasting: Molecular Mechanisms and Clinical Applications

Submitted on December 15, 2014 - 9:46am

This article originally appeared in the journal Cell Metabolism 19, February 4, 2014

Authors: Valter D. Longo and Mark P. Mattson

Fasting has been practiced for millennia, but, only recently, studies have shed light on its role in adaptive cellular responses that reduce oxidative damage and inflammation, optimize energy metabolism, and bolster cellular protection. In lower eukaryotes, chronic fasting extends longevity, in part, by reprogramming metabolic and stress resistance pathways. In rodents intermittent or periodic fasting protects against diabetes, cancers, heart disease, and neurodegeneration, while in humans it helps reduce obesity, hypertension, asthma, and rheumatoid arthritis. Thus, fasting has the potential to delay aging and help prevent and treat diseases while minimizing the side effects caused by chronic dietary interventions.

In humans, fasting is achieved by ingesting no or minimal amounts of food and caloric beverages for periods that typically range from 12 hr to 3 weeks. Many religious groups incorporate periods of fasting into their rituals including Muslims, who fast from dawn until dusk during the month of Ramadan, and Christians, Jews, Buddhists, and Hindus, who traditionally fast on designated days of the week or calendar year. In many clinics, patients are now monitored by physicians while undergoing water only or very low calorie (less than 200 kcal/day) fasting periods lasting from 1 week or longer for weight management and for disease prevention and treatment.

To read the article in its entirety (9 pages), please click here or on the attachment below.

Jami Dulaney, MD interviews Dr. Goldhamer (podcast)

Submitted on October 22, 2014 - 10:47am

In this October 2014 audio podcast, Dr. Jami Dulaney and Dr. Alan Goldhamer discuss the benefits of water fasting to break the addiction of sugar, salt and oil as a means to transform into a lifelong nutrition plan of a plant based diet free of sugar, salt and oil. The message of this podcast is that people can take back their health and get off medications or avoid common diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.

Click here to listen to the podcast.

Please Help Us Learn About Fasting and Vegan Diet

Submitted on September 5, 2011 - 5:03pm

Bastyr University & TrueNorth Health


Fasting and Alternatives to Standard Therapeutics (FAST): Determining the Molecular and
Physiological Mechanisms Responsible for Adult Hypertension and Obesity


Please Help Us Learn About

Fasting and Vegan Diet


Is medically supervised water-only fasting an effective treatment for High Blood Pressure?

Vegan, Low Salt and Low Fat Diets, are shown to be an effective lifestyle therapy to reduce blood pressure and promote weight loss. Another potentially effective therapy to reduce blood pressure and promote weight loss is Short-Term, Medically Supervised, Water Only Fasting.  Safe and effective alternatives for the treatment of high blood pressure and obesity are increasingly needed.  This study aims to find out whether short-term fasting, combined with dietary modification, is more effective at reducing blood pressure and increasing weight loss than dietary modification alone.


If you have High Blood Pressure and are Obese and between the ages of 21 and 65, you may be eligible to participate in a research study about fasting and diet.

Study participants will be asked to get a baseline screening and get periodic blood work in addition to your normal health care.  Participants with a normal physical exam and blood work who also have greater than 140/90 mmHg and are Obese at the initial screening will be eligible to participate in the study.

If a screening visit and blood work results show you are eligible, you will be able to undergo the vegan diet and the fasting treatment as a part of this research study. At the end of the 6-week study, you will also be asked to attend one more study visit after 6 months to obtain additional blood work and physical measures.

Before participating, we will need to have your Personal Information and Medical History forms completed. Click here to apply for the study.

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Meat Linked to Diabetes Risk

Submitted on July 6, 2011 - 2:37pm

Type 2 Diabetes Associated with Increased Intake of Animal Foods.

The effects of diet and lifestyle on health are notoriously difficult to ascertain. In order to begin to tease out patterns, researchers measure many variables in order to account for confounding variables (ie, factors that also correlate to the thing being studied).

To further make research more difficult, huge numbers of people must be tracked in order to get enough data to make meaningful analyses.  The Health Professionals Follow-Up Study has followed 51,529 middle-aged (age 40–75 y at baseline) male health professionals. That’s more people than live in my hometown! Using data from the Health Professionals study, the researchers from Harvard University found a strong, positive association between a low carbohydrate diet high in animal protein and fat and incidence of type 2 diabetes.1

The study used data from 40,475 participants who were free of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or cancer at the time they entered the study. Every four years, the biannual questionnaire mailed to the participants included a section that assessed dietary habits. Based on the responses in the questionnaires over 20 years, the participant’s diets were scored on their carbohydrate, fat and protein content.  The study also measured differences in protein and fat sources - whether they were of vegetable or animal origin.

After accounting for variables such as smoking status, family history, and body mass index that might also be associated with incidence of type 2 diabetes, the scientists found an increased risk of type 2 diabetes with a low carbohydrate diet high in animal protein and fat. However, a low carbohydrate diet high in vegetable protein and fat was not associated with onset of type 2 diabetes.

1Am J Clin Nutr 2011 93: 4 844-850

Psychiatrist Slows Down For Fasting

Submitted on June 27, 2011 - 6:10pm

Fasting is like a reboot for your system, not just physically, but mentally and spiritually as well. Dr. Walter Jacobson echoed this sentiment in what he recently wrote about his experience fasting:

"Although it was a physically and emotionally draining experience, it made me consider a number of things that I hadn’t thought much about prior to my fasting. It made me appreciate my willpower, that there is much I can accomplish if I apply similar tenacity and determination in other areas."

Dr. Jacobson, board-certified psychiatrist, author, and speaker, was motivated to try fasting after reading Dr. Joel Fuhrman's Fasting and Eating for Health.

What's your experience fasting? We're collecting stories from people who have fasted at TrueNorth Health Center. Share yours by clicking here.