Spreading Success: Alfred Kafity, D.O., and Chris Kafity, R.N.
Alfred Kafity, D.O., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.G., Chris Kafity, R.N., B.S.N., their sons, and their daughter-in-law participated in the Physicians Committee’s 21-Day Vegan Kickstart and collectively lost more than 400 pounds.
Dr. Kafity, a gastroenterologist at Bay Area Gastroenterology and Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Ohio, lost 50 pounds. His dietary changes also prompted the medical center to serve healthful plant-based options in the cafeteria.
Ms. Kafity lost 35 pounds, reversed her diabetes, and is now off all medications. Her triglycerides went from 500 to 140, and she eliminated her eczema.
The Kafitys first learned about the Physicians Committee three years ago, after Ms. Kafity was told that she needed to start insulin shots—even though she was following the American Diabetes Association dietary recommendations and exercising. She Googled the term “reversing diabetes” and found a link to Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes. Ms. Kafity read the book, saw a reference to PCRM.org, and went to the website, where she ordered Dr. Barnard’s other books.
“My personal journey gives new meaning to my role as a nurse and mother,” says Mrs. Kafity, who is also a health coach trained at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. “I enjoy helping others transform their lives.”
The Kafity’s oldest son lost 212 pounds, his wife lost 115 pounds, and another son lost 25 pounds.
“This transformation encouraged our oldest son—who previously had asthma, hypertension, and sleep apnea, and was heading toward type 2 diabetes—to study for his Medical College Admission Test,” says Dr. Kafity. “He is determined to go to medical school and help others realize the power of preventive medicine.”
Dr. and Ms. Kafity now both distribute plant-based prescriptions to patients. Dr. Kafity displays a copy of the Power Plate in his exam room and hears success stories from patients.
Ms. Kafity started Be Plant Healthy, a series of plant-based nutrition courses at Fisher-Titus Medical Center. Several participants have dramatically improved their diabetes, lost weight, and improved Crohn’s disease.
One of her patients lost 25 pounds in three weeks. His wife lost 15 pounds using the recipes and resources available at the Physicians Committee’s website NutritionMD.org.
“This patient is off his daily insulin shots and, in fact, off all of his diabetes medications, and he no longer has numb feet, a foggy brain, or blurred vision,” says Ms. Kafity. “His blood pressure is also down 20 points. He says he has never felt so good.”
The Kafity’s also distribute mailers with information about the Physician Committee’s nutrition resources to more than 39,000 neighboring homes and encourage residents to get screened for colon cancer.