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The Health Science Podcast | Episode 002. | December 08, 2022
002: Moving Medicine Forward Resides in Healthy Living with Dr. Michael Klaper 
002: Moving Medicine Forward Resides in Healthy Living with Dr. Michael Klaper 

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Dr. Frank Sabatino explores the health benefits of a plant-based diet as well as the impact of animal-based foods on the environment with Dr. Klaper and Moving Medicine Forward.

Long before plant-based eating was “cool” there were a handful of doctors who knew health, or lack thereof, was a direct result of what people eat.

Ahead of the times, Dr. Michael Klaper was among the few and far between doctors who intuitively understood the healing power of food.

As an early adopter of a whole food, plant-based diet, Dr. Klaper didn’t shy away from letting his patients know that a plant-based diet and a balanced lifestyle are essential for health and can be the difference between healing an illness or treating its symptoms.

NHA is honored to have had Dr. Klaper as a presenter at the annual conference as far back as 25 years ago. The longstanding relationship is one we value and cherish.

In this episode of the Health Science Podcast, host, Dr. Frank Sabatino explores the health benefits of a plant-based diet as well as the impact of animal-based foods on the environment with Dr. Klaper and Moving Medicine Forward.

Episode Highlights

02:25   Health is a result of healthful living

04:25   Horizontal vs Vertical Healthcare

10:00  Is disease reversible?

16:20  Developing a complete view of the foods we eat

22:45   Meeting people where they are at to have the greatest impact

30:20   The domino effect of fast foods on the environment

39:30   The most powerful tool for disease reversal

47:00   Taking the initiative in making a difference

About Dr. Michael Klaper

Dr. Klaper is a gifted clinician, internationally recognized teacher and speaker on diet and health.

In addition to his clinical practice and private consultations with patients, Dr. Klaper is a passionate and devoted educator of physicians and other healthcare professionals about the importance of nutrition in clinical practice and integrative medicine. 

Dr. Klaper is the author of Vegan Nutrition; Pure and Simple. He has also produced numerous videos, webinars and dozens of articles for both scientific journals and traditional press.

As a source of inspiration, advocating plant-based diets and the end of animal cruelty worldwide, Dr Klaper contributed to the making of two PBS television programs including Food for Thought and the award-winning movie, Diet for a New America.

Dr Klaper graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in 1972. He served a medical internship at Vancouver General Hospital in British Columbia.

As well, he received training in surgery, anesthesiology and orthopedics at the University of British Columbia Hospital in Vancouver and trained in obstetrics at the University of California Hospital.

​As his medical career progressed, Dr. Klaper began to realize that many of the diseases his patients presented – 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 sugar, high fat, high salt, overly processed, animal products, all part of the Standard American Diet.

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About National Health Association

The National Health Association (NHA) is a non-profit organization that promotes the benefits of a plant-based diet. The Association provides educational materials, educational events, and services to thousands of people around the world.

The mission of the National Health Association is to educate and empower individuals to understand that health results from healthful living. We recognize the integration of all aspects of health: personal, environmental, and social.

We communicate the benefits of a plant-based diet, exercise and rest, a healthy environment, psychological well-being, and, when indicated, the use of fasting. We take a leadership role in advocating health freedom issues.

Members who enroll at the basic membership level for only $35 per year enjoy a subscription to our award-winning quarterly health journal, Health Science, access to the “Members Only” section of the NHA Website (which contains all 43 years of back issues of the magazine),  the ability to download for free many classic out of print eBooks on the history of the Natural Hygiene Movement, including Fasting Can Save Your Life and The Greatest Health Discovery, discounts on books, and early notice of NHA events.

Join in on the 75th Anniversary NHA Conference taking place in June, 2023. To learn more and register, visit

Be sure to check out the NHA Travel itinerary. Book you dream, plant-exclusive cruise.

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