What percent of our MDs know how to promote health?


My guess is less than one percent—and that’s why it’s so hard to find one.

In recent weeks, I have responded to a number of readers who have asked about finding a medical doctor that understands, appreciates and uses the power of plant-based nutrition in his/her practice. Unfortunately there aren’t very many in the United States. Although approximately 300 MD’s per year are taking the plant-based nutrition certificate course at the T. Colin Campbell Foundation, we’re not yet sure how many of them have begun sharing their health-promtoting knowledge with their patients.

My earlier post: Finding an MD that appreciates plant-based nutrition

Dr. Michael Klaper

On the Practitioners Page of the T. Colin Campbell Foundation website, you will see four MDs listed in the left column. Dr. Campbell knows all of them well and recommends them highly:

  1. Dr. Michael Klaper, Santa Rosa, CA (offers phone consultations)
  2. Dr. John McDougall, Santa Rosa, CA
  3. Dr. Baxter Montgomery, Houston, TX
  4. Dr. Marne O’shae, Ithaca, NY (offers phone consultations)

For more information on these doctors as well as their contact info, just click on the foundation’s Practitioners Page. Notice that two of them offer phone consultations. And in the case of Dr. Klaper (listed first), there is quite a bit of online video available—here are two of them that I just watched.

Five Minute Introductory Video of Dr. Klaper

In the next video, Dr. Klaper shares some very interesting information about how our diet in this country has shifted toward animal-based foods in the last 100 years. He leads off with a quote by one of our American heroes:

The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.—-Thomas Edison

Mr. Edison had it right over 100 years ago when it comes to the role of doctors in promoting health.

Well, guess what? The “doctor of the future” has arrived but is still outnumbered by the doctors of the past by about a million to one. You will find five “doctors of the future” featured in Chapter One of our book and you will find more of them on the Practitioners Page of the T. Colin Campbell Foundation webpage. But you won’t find a single one in the huge HBO documentary, The Weight of the Nation, which is all about the obesity epidemic.

Although not mentioned in our book, Dr. Klaper is one of Edison’s “doctors of the future” and demonstrates his knowledge in the following video. Here is a brief summary of that information about how our diet has changed in the past 100 years (on a per person basis):

  • Our consumption of grain is down 50%
  • Our consumption of potatoes is down 50%
  • Our cow’s milk consumption is up over 100%
  • Our beef consumption is up over 50%
  • Our chicken consumption is up 280%

And during that same period, our cost of health care rose from less than 3% of the GDP to over 17% today—projected to hit 31% by 2035.

Nine Minute Video — Dr. Klaper on animal fat

Want to really get to know Dr. Klaper? In this 82-minute video, he traces the transformation of the medical profession during the forty years that he has been practicing. He cleverly points out that the medical wisdom he was taught in medical school “ain’t necessarily so.” Unfortunately, most medical doctors still don’t know much about truly promoting health. The following video was recorded at a McDougall seminar in Santa Rosa, CA in February of 2012.

Dr. Klaper contact info for your convenience: drklaper@gmail.com or telephone at 707-586-5555 in Santa Rosa, CA. Tell him that J. Morris Hicks sent you.

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—J. Morris Hicks, board member, T. Colin Campbell Foundation

About J. Morris Hicks

A former strategic management consultant and senior corporate executive with Ralph Lauren in New York, J. Morris Hicks has always focused on the "big picture" when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about our "optimal diet," he began a study of what we eat from a global perspective ---- discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made this his #1 priority---exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural plant-based diet for our species.
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