The Documenting Hope Project’s unique proposition is to address the massive economic, social, and healthcare crisis by restoring health to this generation of children. We will demonstrate to the public through an integrated scientific (pilot) program, media (documentary film), and educational (grassroots outreach) platform what both the medical literature and anecdotal evidence in a multitude of clinical settings show: that healing is possible.

Essentially, the Documenting Hope Project aims to speed the transition from our current “sick care system” to a “well-care” system by demonstrating scientifically that recovery can happen, and then disseminating this information to both the broader medical community and the public. By bringing the latest scientific research involving advances in therapeutics,

bioinformatics and systems biology from the laboratory to the clinic, and then disseminating these findings to the public, the Documenting Hope Project hopes to significantly close the “bench to bedside” gap with regard to childhood chronic illness.

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Film and the media have tremendous power to impact social change. Simply piloting a scientific study, demonstrating that diet, lifestyle, and therapeutic intervention together can reverse chronic illness is insufficient when the cause of the epidemic of chronic illness in children is cultural. In other words, one of the main reasons so many children are sick today is because of how we live in the modern world—what we eat, drink, how we behave, the kinds of medicines we take, what we’re exposed to—all of these things are negatively impacting the health of our nation’s children.

We have the power to affect change through science, but only if it is done in conjunction with an integrated strategy to raise awareness of the science and bring it to people in a way that is influential and easily digestible. Media has the power to do this, especially when the message is delivered through hope, inspiration, and promise for a brighter future. The Documenting Hope Project integrates the science from the recovery program with a grassroots media-enabled program to help educate and support those looking to make lifestyle changes that support health and wellness.

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