January 25, 2017

Dr. Michael Klaper: Water Fasting for Better Health – Episode 54


Dr. Michael Klaper, is a gifted clinician, internationally recognized teacher, and sought-after speaker on diet and health. He has practiced medicine for more than 40 years and is a leading educator in applied plant-based nutrition and integrative medicine. Dr. Klaper is also the author of a successful book on cholesterol-free nutrition and an upcoming title (to be announced in 2016), as well as numerous health videos.

He is truly 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 Food for Thought and the award-winning Diet for a New America movie based on the book of the same name by author and former heir to the Baskin-Robbins fortune, John Robbins. He teaches his students and patients that “health comes from healthy living,” and is dedicated to the healing and flourishing of all living beings and of th e planet itself.

Dr. Michael Klaper graduated in 1972 from University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. He served his medical internship at Vancouver General Hospital in British Columbia, Canada and undertook additional training in surgery, anesthesiology, and orthopedics at the University of British Columbia Hospitals in Vancouver, and obstetrics at the University of California Hospitals in San Francisco.

As Dr. Klaper’s medical career progressed, he began to realize (true to what science is bearing out today) that many of the diseases his patients presented with – 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-fat, high sugar, overly processed Standard American Diet (S.A.D.).

Accordingly, Dr. Klaper resolutely believes that proper nutrition and a balanced lifestyle are essential for health and, in many cases, can make the difference between healing an illness or merely treating its symptoms.

As a passionate and devoted educator of physicians and other healthcare professionals about the importance of nutrition in clinical practice, Dr. Michael Klaper served as the Director of the non-profit Institute of Nutrition Education and Research.

He was also a member of the Nutrition Task Force of the American Medical Student Association, and served as an advisor to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) project on nutrition for long-term space colonists on the moon and Mars.

For over ten years, he hosted the popular medical information radio program Sounds of Healing on WPFW in Washington, DC and KAOI 1110 AM on Maui, Hawaii.

Dr. Michael Klaper practiced acute care medicine in New Zealand for three years and currently serves on the staff of the TrueNorth Health Center in Santa Rosa, California, a nutritionally-based medical clinic specializing in therapeutic fasting and health improvement through a whole-foods, plant-based diet. Dr. Michael Klaper is licensed to practice medicine in California and Hawaii.

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On this episode, I’m talking again with Dr. Michael Klaper. He’s such a generous guy and knows a ton about the medical practice of water fasting. Many people are afraid of fasting. They think it’s unsafe and bad for your body. But the truth is that it’s only been in the most modern era that humanity has had the luxury of eating as much as we do now. Our ancestors HAD to fast and it was actually good for them. And look what’s happened as a result of our modern ways: we’ve gotten fat, lazy, and sick. Fasting is clearly not harmful.

Water fasting is an amazing way to cleanse the body of toxins and reset its ability to regulate good health. More and more research is coming out every day about the benefits that come from a prolonged state of fasting. Dr. Michael Klaper is my guest today because I wanted to know more about the benefits of water fasting – and you know that I wanted to share it with you, too, right?

Did you know that water fasting can be used to cure many of the maladies that beset our culture these days? Diabetes, high blood pressure, bowel issues, even some depressive conditions can be cured – yes, entirely cured – using a carefully supervised regimen that includes water fasting. Dr. Klaper’s clinic in southern California specializes in helping people get the help they need through fasting, at very affordable rates.

If you find yourself in a state of ill health without making much progress in the hands of conventional medicine, you need to reach out to Dr. Klaper to find out if water fasting under his care would be a way you could address your issues. On this episode I asked Dr. Klaper to share how people could get in touch with him or become a patient in his clinic, so be sure you listen to get all the details.

Can fasting be used for weight loss? Yes – but no. You will likely lose weight when doing a water fast but the purpose of fasting is not for weight loss, it’s for better health. If you approach fasting just to lose weight you’re not addressing the real issue – the dietary habits you practice every day. On this episode, Dr. Klaper makes that distinction very clear and advises you how to think about weight loss as it related to fasting so that you can not only get healthy by fasting but also think about it in a healthy way, too.

Outline Of This Great Episode

  • [2:00] My introduction to this episode about detoxing from fasting, with Dr. Klaper.
  • [4:23] The historical benefits of fasting.
  • [6:38] The REAL definition of fasting.
  • [7:48] The use of fasting in medical ways throughout history.
  • [10:58] Where and what is True North Health Center?
  • [14:50] Is fasting really healthy? Should we all be doing it?
  • [19:25] A good formula for relatively healthy people to fast.
  • [23:08] Should a person try to stay in a state of ketosis all the time?
  • [26:35] The carbohydrate myths going around in our culture.
  • [29:30] The truth about beans.
  • [31:10] Who is and who is not a good candidate for water fasting?
  • [42:14] Should distilled water be used in fasting?
  • [47:54] Can fasting remove heavy metals from the body?
  • [49:25] How brain chemistry changes during a fast (for the better).
  • [51:57] How to break a fast of any length.
  • [55:40] How should people without extra body fat approach fasting?
  • [58:18] Dr. Klaper’s best tips for you.
  • [1:00:19] How you can make use of the True North Facilities and care.

Resources Mentioned On This Episode