Free Videos & Audio Programs
I invite you to enjoy these free videos and audio programs about health and nutrition.
As the focus of our "Moving Medicine Forward" Initiative, I’ve been traveling to medical schools across North America, Europe and Australia giving the students the presentation I wish someone had given me fifty years ago, about how the patient’s diet is key to reversing many of the most feared degenerative diseases known to medicine. Here is the lecture I’ve been giving to the students - complete with slides for you to copy.
Feel free to share this with your doctor or any student of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, chiropractic, nursing, naturopathy or any other of the other health sciences. It’s time for a nutritional awakening across the healing professions!
Released: January 2020. Duration: 80 Minutes. Free.
I recently posted this video wherein I stated I have grown uneasy about recommending routine DHA supplementation for vegans. In the video, I said that I had become unsure what possible adverse effects the supplement might be facilitating, and, until I learned more about this subject, I would use this calendar year to optimize my ALA intake with daily ground flaxseeds and an otherwise ALA-rich diet. I plan, in December, to reassess the state of testing methods and see which test, if any, could give me meaningful information about my DHA status. I am not saying that DHA supplements are evil nor that people who take them or advocate their use are wrong or that I have closed the door on their use, especially for people with diabetes, hypertension and advanced age. I’m just saying that, at this time, the science is not mature enough to permit me to feel comfortably giving advice on DHA supplementation.
It was not unexpected that such a video would cause distress in my friend and colleague, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, a passionate advocate of DHA for vegans as a preventative against dementia, which he reports having seen frequently in his practice. Dr. Fuhrman decried my lack of scientific evidence to support my concerns. To that end, I call your attention to the following article that kindled my concerns (1) that demonstrated that the elevation in EPA levels commonly seen with DHA supplementation is not, as widely believed, from “backfilling,” wherein 22-carbon atom DHA somehow turns back into 20-carbon-atom EPA. On the contrary, this study shows that the elevation of EPA is demonstrated here is the result of DHA inhibiting EPA clearance from the blood, thus, producing EPA accumulation in the tissues. This concerns me greatly, as it is a red flag saying to me, “If swallowing pre-formed DHA is backing up EPA metabolism, what else is it doing?”
I also found evidence confirmed that taking DHA supplements increases cell permeability and I it makes me wonder if that increases permeability to carcinogens. (2)
These concerns were enough for me to question if I really know what I am doing as I tell people to take DHA on a daily basis - and, until I can be confident that my advice is doing no harm, including making the cells more permeable to carcinogens, I have, for now, decided to hold off on my recommendation to take supplemental DHA. If people want to continue taking it, I can understand why that would seem reasonable, as there is evidence supporting that stance, as well.
I know Dr. Fuhrman’s condemnation of me as a physician has been very vehement. It will not dim my friendship with or appreciation of Dr. Fuhrman as a man of character and a fine doctor who has the best interest of his patients at heart. (Likewise with with my friends and colleagues Dr. Joel Kahn and Dr. Michael Greger who probably also will disagree with my clinical decision at this time. They are all respected and cherished lights in the field of plant-based nutrition and my appreciation for them remains undimmed.)
As I said at the beginning, I am choosing to not take DHA supplements for the rest of this calendar year and to optimize my own DHA production to see what I learn about the subject - but have not closed my mind on the subject. As time unfolds and the research studies are done, if I find solid scientific evidence to alleviate my concerns and to support its use, I may considerate it appropriate, once again. The science will tell the story and dictate my decisions...
I appreciate all, including Dr. Fuhrman, who are helping me find my way to the truth about this important, complex and subtle subject.
Michael Klaper, M.D.
(2) Stillwell W, Wassall SR. Docosahexaenoic acid: membrane properties of a unique fatty acid. Chem Phys Lipids. 2003;126(1):1–27.
Hossain Z, Kurihara H, Hosokawa M, Takahashi K. Docosahexaenoic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid-enriched phosphatidylcholine liposomes enhance the permeability, transportation and uptake of phospholipids in Caco-2 cells. Mol Cell Biochem. 2006;285(1-2):155–163.
Stillwell W, Ehringer W, Jenski LJ. Docosahexaenoic acid increases permeability of lipid vesicles and tumor cells. Lipids. 1993;28(2):103–108. doi:10.1007/bf02535772
Dr. Klaper discusses how he uses food to heal patients. This talk can change the way you think about nutrition and the current treatment of the chronic diseases that are plaguing our society. Learn how to achieve superior health for you and your loved ones through the food you eat!
Released: January 2020. Duration: 80 Minutes. Free.
Vegan World 2026: Exploring Solutions Online Summit – Personal Health & Medicine with Dr. Michael Klaper and Dr. Sailesh Rao
Dr. Sailesh Rao interviewed Dr. Michael Klaper on Personal Health & Medicine. Dr. Klaper gave a passionate and educational presentation, and for so generously answered questions about how to transform the health-care system as well as specific questions on disease, health and nutrition for almost an hour! He gave so much valuable information, as one participant said, "this could be a 2-day interview!"
Dr. Sailesh Rao is your host of the Exploring Solutions Summit, and the Founder and Executive Director of Climate Healers, a non-profit dedicated towards healing the Earth’s climate. Dr. Rao is the author of two books, Carbon Dharma: The Occupation of Butterflies and Carbon Yoga: The Vegan Metamorphosis, and an Executive Producer of four documentaries, The Human Experiment (2013), Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (2014), What The Health (2017), and A Prayer for Compassion (2019).
Released: October 2019. Duration: 109 Minutes. Free.
Has a recent blood test shown elevated levels of total cholesterol or LDL-cholesterol — despite your eating a plant-based diet? Should you start on statin medications? Should you worry about your cholesterol numbers, at all? All these important questions are explored in this clear presentation on cholesterol — a complex subject that perplexes doctors and patients alike. After you view “Beyond Cholesterol” you’ll should be able to free yourself from the “tyranny of the numbers” that unnecessarily frighten so many.
Released: August 2019. Duration: 32 Minutes. Free.
On this episode of the SoFlo Vegans Podcast, the SoFlo Vegans team of Sean Russell, Jacque Tarlton, and Alba Mendez interview Dr. Michael Klaper about Moving Medicine Forward and whole food, plant-based nutrition.
Audio Recorded: April 2019. Duration: 60 Minutes. Free.
An important presentation on the relationship between health, diet and climate change.
Location: First Presbyterian Church, San Anselmo, California
Sponsor: Climate-Diet Team of 350 Marin
Released: August 2016. Duration: 68 Minutes. Free.
Dr. Michael Klaper spells out his health concerns about human consumption of dairy products – for humans, cows, water, soil, and air. In this free, 42-minute illustrated video presentation, he describes the scientific, ethical, and environmental underpinnings of his point of view.
Released: January 2017. Duration: 42 Minutes. Free.
In this special 5-minute video, Dr. Michael Klaper talks about his awe of the human body, the pleasure he derives from working with his patients, life as an ethical vegan, and what he hopes to say and feel at the end of his life.
Posted: September 2011. Duration: 5 minutes. Free.
Dr. Michael Klaper speaks with 40 years of experience as a Medical Doctor to explain what your relationship should be with your family physician and health care organization.
Recorded: February 2012. Duration: 6 minutes. Free.
"The Evolution of a Nutritionally Aware Physician" Dr. Michael Klaper shares his personal story as a general practitioner of medicine for 40+ years and speaks about the importance of a healthy diet.
Recorded: February 2012. Duration: 83 minutes. Free.
Dr. Michael Klaper is interviewed by Linda Long, author and photographer of "Virgin Vegan, The Meatless Guide to Pleasing your Palate." You'll hear some surprising questions and interesting, entertaining answers.
Posted: March 1, 2013. Duration: 27 minutes. Free.
Dr. Klaper was interviewed by John Robbins as part of the Food Revolution Summit 2013, a weeklong series of interviews with 24 of the world's top food experts and activists. Original audio interview enhanced with images.
Aired: May 1, 2013. Duration: 40 minutes. Free.
Dr. Michael Klaper was interviewed on the Dr. Don Radio Show, a weekday talk radio program that bridges the gap between conventional medicine and lifestyle approaches to health and wellness.
Aired: May 23, 2013. Duration: 40 minutes. Free.
Dr. Michael Klaper speaks with students in the College Buddhist Association at Pasadena City College about their food choices and their future. 65-minute illustrated presentation + 35-minute question and answer session.
Recorded: November 26, 2013. Duration: 110 minutes. Free.
Dr. Michael Klaper discusses the critical importance of gut bacteria, lists diseases and conditions that can be caused by "leaky gut syndrome," and details how to cure it.
Published: January 27, 2014. Duration: 9 minutes. Free.
"Using a whole food plant-based diet to overcome common diseases, such as diabetes, and to heal leaky gut." Listen to a 49-minute interview with Dr. Michael Klaper by Dana Laake, a licensed nutritionist, on the Essentials of Healthy Living Radio Show.
Aired: April 16, 2017. Duration: 49 minutes. Free.