Dr. Michael Klaper's Closing Thoughts, 2015
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Dr. Michael Klaper
December 2015

The science is solid and it points to what everyone can do - today! Changing our dietary choices to be healthier, and more plant-based, helps save our future and those of future generations. In these powerful times, acts of vision and courage are required. We vote with our dollars. We change society with the choices we make.

The answer to our looming health and ecological disasters is hidden in plain sight - it was there (but, alas, un-acted upon) at the recent United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, and, indeed, can be created every day in our shopping baskets, restaurant orders, and manifested in our meals at home.

As a physician, I am well aware that meat and dairy-based diets drive most of the degenerative, inflammatory and malignant diseases we see today, including obesity, diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, autoimmune diseases and many cancers.

At the same time, reducing or eliminating animal-based substances from the human diet predictably results in improvement and, often, complete resolution of these lethal and costly diseases that bankrupt families and nations.

Although I would prefer it not be consumed at all, reducing meat consumption to once or twice a week (as opposed two or three times a day), while basing most or all meals on whole plant foods, would change life immeasurably for the better - for people and our planet.

Whole plant-based foods include luscious fruits, hearty vegetable-based soups, stews, pasta dishes, satisfying chilis, steamed greens, and yellow vegetables, colorful salads, great whole grains like quinoa and buckwheat, and legume-rich dishes featuring protein-rich lentils, peas, and beans along with nuts, seeds and luscious fruits.

As a welcome and predictable benefit, people get healthier as belly fat melts away, clogged arteries open, high blood pressure normalizes, inflamed joints cool off, diabetes resolves, and cancer rates plummet. Pills and procedures can be reduced and often discarded altogether.

We can choose to eat bean chili instead of beef chili, vegetable chow mein instead of chicken chow mein, a veggie-burger instead of a cheese steak. These choices do not represent a great sacrifice considering all our lives are at stake - or should I say, steak.

The science is solid and it points to what everyone can do - today! Changing our dietary choices to be healthier, and more plant-based, helps save our future and those of future generations.

In these powerful times, acts of vision and courage are required. We vote with our dollars. We change society with the choices we make, and the examples we set, when we shop for food in a grocery store, or order food in a restaurant, and, of course, when we step into a voting booth.

Every plant-based meal we buy, create, and consume is an act of wisdom and courage, a vote for life and health, part of a wave of hope that's rolling through our society and into all our futures.

Meaningful change starts with our choices, is seen on our plates, and can transform our society. Though it may, at times, seem small, exercising our individual ability to choose is arguably the most powerful and effective tool we have.

Want to save the planet? Choose a plant-based diet and let your words and actions - and especially the meals you share with others - change the world!

May all your days be joyous and your New Year filled with health, happiness, success, and peace.

Eat well, be well, and stay happy,
Dr. Michael Klaper


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We began this archive as a means of assisting our visitors in answering many of their health and diet questions, and in encouraging them to take a pro-active part in their own health. We believe the articles and information contained herein are true, but are not presenting them as advice. We, personally, have found that a whole food vegan diet has helped our own health, and simply wish to share with others the things we have found. Each of us must make our own decisions, for it's our own body. If you have a health problem, see your own physician.