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Attend DR MICHAEL KLAPER'S talk: From Operating Table to Dining Room Table

Title is From Operating Table to Dining Room Table: Evolution of a Nutritionally Aware Physician.

“Michael Klaper, M.D. is one of the pre-eminent teaching physicians of today.
His understanding of the body’s systems and experience in helping others
create better health naturally is unparalleled.”

John Robbins, Author of Diet for a New America and The Food Revolution

Dr. Michael Klaper’s Philosophy

Practicing primary care medicine for over forty years has taught me many things, but chief among them is that health and disease are not a matter of chance. As a wise professor told me in medical school, “People do not get diseases, they earn them!” With few exceptions, (accidents do happen!) our daily choices—the foods we eat (or don’t eat), the activities we do (or don’t do), the thoughts we harbor (or release), the actions we take (or don’t take) are what create the body in which we reside, and determine if it is healthy or diseased. The adage “By age 20 you have the face that Nature gave you; by age 50, you have the face your choices gave you” is, indeed, true—and holds throughout the body. By age 50, we have the arteries, the heart, the skin, the colon and the brain that our choices have given us.

From my earliest years, I have been fascinated by the human body—its inherent beauty of form and function, the elegant simplicity of its mechanics and movement, the infinite complexity of its inner functions, and its mysterious powers to heal itself and grow. Though complex almost beyond comprehension, I knew the same natural laws that govern the familiar world around us were also at work within us. So my journey as a healer has been one of observing how those forces flow within us and through us, and how we interact with them to create health and disease.

In any moment, our decisions move us toward health and vigor or toward disease and dysfunction. The good news is the human body has powerful forces within it that, when supported, help us heal from injuries and illnesses and sustain us in good health. Our body wants to be healthy; it doesn’t want to be inflamed, infected or in pain. In fact, it knows how to heal every one of its tissues and organs and is constantly doing so in order to repair the daily damage from the athletic event we call “Life.”

These healing forces ask few things of us: nourishing food, sufficient rest and sleep, pure water, and frequent physical activity, along with meaningful work and stable, loving relationships. The vast majority of diseases I see, whether obesity, high blood pressure (hypertension,) clogged arteries (atherosclerosis), diabetes and a host of inflammatory and autoimmune diseases are caused by short-changing our body (ourselves, really) in one or more of these vital areas.

My medical practice is focused, therefore, on identifying discord in my patient’s body (and, often, in their life, as well) and explaining how it has produced the signs and symptoms that have brought the person to my office. I then work with them to find practical solutions that will most effectively help their body re-establish its natural state of well-being.

One of my favorite quotes from Dr Klaper is: "Being gentle with yourself and others, taking time to rejoice in life's daily pleasures, regularly exercising your body, walking in nature, releasing stress in a healthy manner, and letting love, laughter, and gratitude flow through your daily thoughts and actions, are as essential for a long healthy life as are fresh fruits and vegetables - probably even more so."

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  • Julie S.

    Absolutely amazing talk!

    2 · June 14

  • John F.

    Klapper is a great speaker with a powerful message

    3 · June 14

  • Annie

    Very informative. Thank you! I had to leave before it was over. Any chance of listening/watching what happened after the break?

    2 · June 13

    • Midge S.

      Yes, we had the presentation filmed. If the quality of the film is good we will post it on YouTube and send an email out when that happens.

      1 · June 14

  • Callan

    Dr. Klaper was amazing! He gave me lots of new insight and I love the analogies he uses. He's an all around fabulous doctor and human being. It was a privilege to meet him. Thanks all who made this possible :)

    2 · June 13

  • Gloria

    Wish he were my doc!

    1 · June 12

    • Midge S.

      He can be!!! He is mine, even long distance. I consult with him on the phone or Skype. See

      June 13

    • Mary Clare H.

      That is very good to know, Midge. I've been looking for a local (vegan) doc. It's nice to have this option since PT doesn't seem to have any to choose from.

      June 13

  • Bev and Doug G.

    An INCREDIBLE conclusion to a most inspiring and life-changing series! We ALL are indebted to Midge and our other leaders to make this happen!

    5 · June 12

    • Midge S.

      Thank you so much for coming and for helping to promote the series! :)

      June 13

  • Laurie

    Absolutely outstanding! We would have happily listened to Dr. Klaper talk & answer questions for another two hours. Really appreciate all the knowledge he shares with such humor and compassion. We learned a lot & feel even more empowered and inspired to make our healthy lifestyle even healthier. Thank you so much for hosting this wonderful presentation!

    2 · June 12

  • Barbara L.

    Outstanding wealth of information with compassion and humor!!!!!!!

    1 · June 13

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    1 · June 12

  • Tom L.

    Thanks for this!

    2 · June 12

  • Midge S.

    The YouTube video clip that I was trying to highlight this morning for Dr Klaper is: "Virgin Vegan author Linda Long talks with Dr. Michael Klaper" About 25 minutes. My apologies for the confusion. :)

    1 · June 8

  • Laurie

    Looking so forward to finally getting a chance to meet him, after hearing so many wonderful things about him from so many people for so many years!

    2 · December 23, 2015

  • Midge S.

    I just adore Dr Klaper and his amazing wife Alese.
    I have these words of his typed out and posted in my home (such a beautiful heart):
    "The greatest tragedy is not living life to the fullest, not filling every moment with as much love and service as possible...I believe that in the long run, a person maintains a cruelty-free diet and lifestyle to honor the continual calling of their inner, higher heart - to live lives of ahimsa, by creating as little violence as possible in their lives and in the world around them."

    1 · December 23, 2015

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