The Healing Power of Plants

Previous blogs have mentioned the H.O.P.E. Project 1 , particularly the two films, H.O.P.E. What You Eat Matters 2017/2018 2 3 . In this brief blog, I just want to draw your attention to a recent story which demonstrates the power of plants and exercise to fight disease – in this case, neurofibromatosis, a cancer where the tumours grow in the nervous system.

In the first episode of their new short film series, ‘Plant Power Stories’, the producers of H.O.P.E. look at individuals from many different backgrounds, all of whom have one thing in common: their lives have completely transformed by adopting a plant-based lifestyle.

D Anthony Evans -The Film

The following short film is the first part of Plant Power Stories, featuring the inspirational story of an American man called D Anthony Evans.

D’s Story

As a child, at age 6, D was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis, a rare genetically inherited disorder where tumours grow on nerve tissue. Often benign, they can become malignant, resulting in an aggressive form of cancer.

Since his diagnosis he has undergone 11 surgeries (including nine 9-hour surgeries) to remove 385 tumours.

In 2012, D was diagnosed with this aggressive form of cancer and was given six months to live.

The Power of Plants & Exercise

Now, over 5 years later, he’s not just surviving – he’s positively thriving. Anyone looking at D’s outward appearance would never guess that he’d suffered from a life-threatening cancer which was predicted to claim his life.

He attributes his survival to his lifestyle change – eating a completely plant-based diet, intensive physical exercise, and a positive mental attitude.

He’s now helping others as an inspirational speaker, author, strength coach and at-risk youth mentor, serving as an Ambassador Constituent Team Lead for the American Cancer Society.

‘Plant Power Stories’

This series of films (more to come in the future) aims to inform and inspire people about the power of a healthy, plant-based diet and conscious lifestyle.

The Aims of H.O.P.E.

The Project: H.O.P.E. stands for Healing Of Planet Earth, and the central aim of ‘H.O.P.E. The Project’ is to create mass awareness of the vital importance of a whole food, plant-based lifestyle.

Final thoughts

These are the sort of inspirational stories that can give hope to so many people who might be suffering from diseases they think are untreatable – struggling to find a way through their pain and suffering, without even being aware that simple lifestyle changes are able to pack a punch which is often more powerful than that provided by pharmaceuticals and surgical interventions.

Our bodies want to heal themselves. Our bodies can heal themselves. But they need to be provided with the right nutrients (and protected from the wrong nutrients) in order to do so.


  1. The H.O.P.E. Project []
  2. I H.O.P.E. You Watch & Share This Film []
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