The reason Dr. Schmidt approaches healthcare from the natural viewpoint is that of his experiences working on the family farm as a kid and continuing until he left for college. First, because everyone in his family was either a farmer or a teacher, he didn’t have a relative already in the medical field to sway him. No uncle was telling him conventional western medicine was the only way to go. Second, he learned that if there was a job to do and you couldn’t get it done, it only meant you needed to get the tools, knowledge, and abilities to do it. Excuses were not acceptable. For example, if a doctor needs to cure asthma and he cannot eliminate it with medications, this means he simply does not have the tools to get rid of it entirely. Dr. Schmidt found what it takes, gained the knowledge and acquired the tools to handle asthma and many other “incurable” conditions. Third, he saw how applying pesticides to plants created super-pests. His father taught him that the genetically engineered crops needed to be sprayed more because they attracted more pests. The lesson learned was that the more you veer from Mother Nature’s laws, the more you will suffer.
Dr. Schmidt wanted to become a doctor, so he studied pre-med at Ohio State University. Before applying for medical school, he began to ask questions of medical students and physicians about their profession. Not one of them encouraged him to follow in their footsteps. He decided to investigate other health professions like podiatry, optometry, and veterinary, and ultimately he decided to attend chiropractic school. He had spent a few hours with a chiropractor in his hometown and liked the natural and holistic approach. He graduated in the spring of 1997 from the National College of Chiropractic in Chicago. He then opened a practice in Toledo for 3 1/2 years. He moved to Ann Arbor in 2000. Dr. Schmidt is originally from Swanton, Ohio.
While in Chiropractic college, Dr. Schmidt attended nearly 50 seminars in 24 months searching for the most effective therapies to get a person well. This time was when he discovered the power of nutrition. Darren saw the effectiveness and the enormous need for good nutritional work in this country. He also looked at other doctors and saw that the best doctors had a holistic view and were using natural therapies and muscle-testing.
Currently, Dr. Schmidt is a member of the Ann Arbor Chamber of Commerce and former member of the Ann Arbor Jaycees. He received the Michigan Jaycee’s 2002 Outstanding Young Michigander Award. He has given hundreds of lectures and workshops since 2000 to private, church, school and business groups and the general public. He attended Toastmasters meetings for two years (1998-1999) to learn speaking skills and now attends meetings of the National Speaker’s Association. He has been in newspapers including USA Today, Chicago Tribune, The Detroit News, Toledo Commercial Advantage and Ann Arbor News. He has taped five 30-minute TV shows on community access television. He has also been on the radio for interviews; both live and pre-recorded. In addition to helping his patients get well with real food and whole-food supplements, Dr. Schmidt has traveled the country teaching Nutrition Response Testing℠ to about 3500 Chiropractors, Medical Doctors, Acupuncturists, Nurses, staff and other healthcare practitioners.
Dr. Schmidt’s Health Story
During the summer of 2003, Dr. Schmidt became very fatigued. It was so bad that he found it difficult to walk up stairs. All of his muscles felt heavy. In March of 2004, Dr. Freddie Ulan tested Dr. Schmidt, who discovered his heart was weak due to a scar. The scar was from a birthmark that was removed surgically in 1986. It was right on the heart, causing the heart muscle to clamp down and not be able to “breathe” or take in enough blood to oxygenate the muscle. Once discovered, Dr. Schmidt then admitted that he was having chest pain with exercise for the previous two years. Dr. Schmidt treated the scar by putting wheat germ oil on it for three months. All of the fatigue and chest pain with exercise went away.
Fifty percent of people who have heart attacks have normal cholesterol. Dr. Schmidt believes that the scar would have been the cause of a heart attack in the future. His cholesterol and other conventional indicators have always been normal. Discussions of other causes of heart problems besides scars, are on the web page “Cause of Disease.”
In August of 2004, Dr. Schmidt was again tested by Dr. Ulan. The three symptoms he was concerned about were 1) muscle fatigue with exercise 2) a rash on his back 3) weakness on the left side of his torso. Upon muscle-testing, he discovered that taking a course of antibiotics for three months in 1990 caused the rash. Dr. Ulan discovered that the antibiotic was stuck in his spleen causing the rash, the weakness in the left torso and muscle fatigue.
Up to that time, Dr. Schmidt had been weight lifting twice a week for one year. He was only able to do ten push-ups and eight pull-ups before his muscles gave out. He started a chemical detoxification program to pull the antibiotic out of his body. Within eight weeks he could do 36 push-ups and 21 pull-ups! Chemical or metal toxicity runs rampant in our society causing weakness, fatigue, and many other problems.
Another significant health leap occurred when Dr. Schmidt was tested and found he had parasites. He went on a parasite cleansing program that lasted three months. Two dwarf tapeworms came out, one at 45 days and the other at 90 days. Since then, many of our patients have also had the same results due to the increased knowledge acquired by the doctors in the office regarding parasites.