Michael Anthony Klaper|
July 19, 1947
|Education||University of Illinois College of Medicine, 1972 (Zoology, Psychology, Astronomy)|
|Relatives||parents: David Klaper, DDS (father); Jean T. Klaper(mother); Robert D. Klaper (brother); Cynthia Lee Pararo (ex-wife); Alese Jones (wife since April 8, 2014)|
|Institutions||Institute for Nutrition Research and Education, NASA, True North Health Center, Santa Rosa Medical Center|
|Specialism||nutritional medicine, lifestyle medicine, veganism|
|Research||nutritional medicine, vegan nutrition|
Michael A. Klaper (July 19, 1947) is an American physician, vegan health educator and conference and event speaker, and a author of articles and books of vegan medical advice. He advocates rearing children on vegan diets throughhout their entire lifetimes, beginning with the vegan mother's pregnancy. Oncologist David Gorski claims that Klaper is "peddling highly dubious claims... pseudoscience and harmful surgical and cancer advice".
Early life and education
Klaper was born July 19, 1947 to Chicago South Side dentist, David T. Klaper, DDS, and Jean T. Klaper (formerly of Boca Raton, Florida). Klaper had a younger brother, Robert D. Klaper, who died in 1992 at the age of 49. By his own report, Klaper grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. In 1972, Klaper graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine.and served his medical internship in Canada at Vancouver General Hospital with the University of British Columbia. He also studied obstetrics at the University of California, San Francisco.
In 1987 Klaper appeared on the game show Jeopardy and won $11,000.
After graduating from medical school Klaper moved among a number of locations, practiced acute care medicine, and eventually became certified in urgent care medicine. He became a vegan in the early 1980s. He is a medical consultant for the North American Vegetarian Society and has spoken at their Vegetarian Summerfest in 2012 and 2018. Klaper has spoken at several other national and international vegan, vegetarian, and natural health conferences and events.
He served as director of a vegan health spa in Pompano Beach, Florida from the early 1990s and was featured on the 1991 PBS documentary Diet for a New America by John Robbins. In 1988, Klaper was a NASA nutrition adviser and on vegan diets for long term space colonists.
He also served on the Nutrition and Preventive Medicine Task Force of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), where he is a member of its Board of Advisors. He cofounded with John Robbins the environmental organization EarthSave International and served as its Scientific Director. He is a Founding Director of the Institute for Nutrition Research and Education.
Klaper maintained a medical practice in Maui, Hawaii between 1995 and 2006, and practiced medicine in Whangarei, New Zealand between 2006 and 2009. In 2009, he relocated to Northern California, where as of 2011 he became staff physician and medical consultant at the nutritionally-based TrueNorth Health Center in Santa Rosa, where is now is on the Board of Directors of the TrueNorth Health Foundation. He is licensed to practice medicine in California and Hawaii and now is affiliated with the Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.
His books include Vegan Nutrition: Pure and Simple and Pregnancy, Children, and the Vegan Diet. He has appeared in several films related to vegan diet and practice, including Eat This! (2005), Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (2014), and What the Health (2017).
Klaper is also on the advisory board of Naked Food Magazine, a quarterly publication for which he is also a regular contributor of articles espousing a plant-based diet.
In August 1993 Klaper issued a medical certificate for the insurers of two movies that River Phoenix was working on at the time, Dark Blood and Interview With the Vampire. The certificate was signed by both Klaper and Phoenix and stated that Phoenix had never used "LSD, heroin, cocaine, alcohol in excess, or any other narcotic, depressant, stimulant or psychedelic. At the time Phoenix was deeply into the drug scene and died from a drug overdose two months later on October 31, 1993. Phoenix's death resulted in Dark Blood being scrapped, and his role in Interview with the Vampire being replaced by Christian Slater. A total $US5.7 million was paid out by the insurers of both movies as the result of Phoenix's death. Since Phoenix's death, insurance rates have increased significantly, medical certificates are no longer accepted, and actors are required to undergo more rigorous medical examination prior to being insured.
According to oncologist David Gorski "Klaper subscribes to the all-too-common claim that a vegan diet is better than any other and supplements that claim with a belief that undergoing fasts, in which one consumes only water, is a major part of the path to health and wellness". He supports multiple pseudoscience medical claims such as acupuncture, chiropractic, naturopathy and border-line "germ theory denialism". Klaper also gives "highly dubious advice for cancer patients, even claiming that fasting can shrink malignant tumors. Klaper claims that fasts will clear up inflammation, eczema, arthritis and other issues. "The situation" according to Gorski, is "way more complicated than Dr. Klaper paints it". As a surgeon himself, Gorski is appalled that Klaper claims that fasting encourages "faster wound healing" a statement that Gorski calls "Bullshit!". Magician Penn Jillette reported on multiple podcasts that he has lost over 25 pounds on Klaper's water fast diet, Gorski responded that of course he will lose weight on a water-only diet. In Gorski's opinion as a medical doctor himself, "Jillette has fallen "hook, line, and sinker for a whole lot of dietary pseudoscience and promoting it on his show with a credulous interview with someone like Dr. Klaper". Gorski hopes that Jillette will eventually realize "that Dr. Klaper is peddling highly dubious claims (at best). Basically, the product Dr. Klaper is peddling in terms of science is a massive exaggeration based on dubious science, cherry picked cases, and bad evolutionary analogies. Worse, fasts, even when supervised by a physician, are potentially dangerous".
- Klaper, Michael (2000) . Vegan Nutrition: Pure and Simple (4th ed.). Kapaau, Hawaii: Gentle World. ISBN 9780929274232.
- Klaper, Michael (1991) . Pregnancy, Children, and the Vegan Diet (1st ed.). Kapaau, Hawaii: Gentle World. ISBN 978-0961424824.
- Republished in German in 2007 as Viva vegan für Mutter und Kind: gesunde vegetarische Ernährung während Schwangerschaft und Kindheit, Publisher: Animal-Peace-Verlag, 2007; ISBN 3981173805, 9783981173802; 134 pages.
Forewords in books, including
- Gentle World. Cookbook for People Who Love Animals. Publisher: Gentle World, Inc., 1990. ISBN 0929274180, 9780929274188. 192 pages.
- This was first published in 1983 as a spiral-bound cookbook, for which Michael A. Klaper was listed as the only author. It was republished numerous times, in 1987, 1989, and 1990, with (the corporate) Gentle World Incorporated listed as the sole author.
Various journal articles, including:
- Goldhamer, AC., Klaper, M, Foorohar A, & Myers TR (2015). Water-only fasting and an exclusively plant foods diet in the management of stage IIIa, low-grade follicular lymphoma. BMJ Case Reports, 2015, bcr2015211582. doi:10.1136/bcr-2015-211582
- Nejad MS, Klaper MA, Steggerda FR, Gianturco C. Radiology. 1968 Aug;91(2):248-50. Clotting on the outer surfaces of vascular catheters. PMID 5661255. doi:10.1148/91.2.248.
- A Diet for All Reasons
- Sense and Nonsense in Nutrition: A Look at Today's Most Common Health Myths. VegSource Studio: 67 minutes. ASIN: B009DOGJOA.
- "Dr. Michael Klaper, MD – Santa Rosa, CA | Family Medicine". Doximity.com. Archived from the original on 2016-10-23. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
- "Obituary Dr. David Klaper". the Chicago Tribune. July 23, 1988. Archived from the original on July 19, 2018. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
- "Jean Klaper Obituary". Chicago Tribune. January 8, 2001. Section 2, page 6. Archived from the original on August 30, 2018. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
- "Obituaries, Robert D Klaper" (Suburban ed.). Chicago: the Daily Herald. September 18, 1992. Section 5, page 2. Retrieved August 25, 2018 – via newspaperarchive.com.
- Shurtleff W, Aoyagi A. History of Soy Ice Cream and Other Non-Dairy Frozen Desserts (1899-2013), page 470, entry 1337. Soyinfo Center, Oct 18, 2013. 782 pages
- "Nutritional researcher to speak at NIU". 120 (203). De Kalb, IL: the Daily Cronicle. September 29, 1999. p. 9. Archived from the original on August 25, 2018. Retrieved August 25, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
- "No Way Tampa Bay". Orlando Sentinel. August 12, 1987. Lake section, page 1. Archived from the original on August 8, 2018. Retrieved July 26, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
- Harris, Sarah (November 17, 2017). "Vegan Dr Michael Klaper shares diet advice for Nutrition in Healthcare Symposium". nzherald.co.nz. Archived from the original on July 19, 2018. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
- "Plant based prevention of disease annual national conference, Dr. Michael A. Klaper". preventionofdisease.org. 2017. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
- "Vegetarian Summerfest Program 2012, Speakers" (PDF). navs-online.org. 2012. Archived (PDF) from the original on August 13, 2018. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
- "Vegetarian Summerfest, Speakers 2018". navs-online.org. 2018. Archived from the original on August 13, 2018. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
- Events and appearances, by years, of Dr. Klaper
- "Veganism at the International Vegetarian Union (IVU) World Congress". vegansociety.com. Archived from the original on July 9, 2018.
- "Speakers. 8th International Vegan Festival, August 1995, San Diego, CA". ivu.org. Archived from the original on January 6, 2009. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
- Kahlenberg, Richard (September 5, 1991). "Green Gospel" (Ventura County ed.). Los Angeles Times. J14. Archived from the original on August 31, 2018. Retrieved August 31, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
- "Famed Vegan MD Michael Klaper Moves Practice to California". Vegsource.com. Retrieved 2016-01-07.
- "The Doctors at TrueNorth Health Center". TrueNorth Health Center. Archived from the original on 2012-06-15.
- TrueNorth Health Foundation. Accessed July 20, 2018
- NPI listing of Dr. Michael Anthony Klaper
- IMDB profile page for Michael Klaper
- Honorary Members, Contributors & Supporters: Doctors & Plant-based Heroes/ Naked Food Magazine. Accessed July 20, 2018
- Cororan, Monica (September 25, 1994). "River Phoenix's legacy: Actors face tougher scrutiny from insurers for movie contacts". Montreal, Canada: The Gazette. p. F1. Archived from the original on August 3, 2018. Retrieved July 27, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
- Gorski, David. "Penn Jillette interviews water fast guru Dr. Michael Klaper. Woo ensues". Respectful Insolence. Science Based Medicine. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
- AVS synopsis of Pregnancy, Children, and the Vegan Diet
- An earlier informal version (without cover) was published in June 1988 by Gentle World Incorporated, Umatilla, Florida, originally through Pennsylvania State University in 1987
- 1983 publication of https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/096142480X/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_taft_p1_i3
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