Dr. Darren Schmidt, DC

Dr. Darren Schmidt is a Chiropractor who has been focusing 100% on clinical nutrition since 1998. He owns the Nutritional Healing Center of Ann Arbor and is also a professional speaker on health. Dr. Schmidt grew up working on his family’s farm beginning at the age of 9. He graduated from chiropractic school and started practicing in 1997. He uses nutrition to get to the root cause of health problems since nutrition is the foundation of all health. He currently has a practice called The Nutritional Healing Center of Ann Arbor. His purpose in life is bankrupt drug companies by helping lots of people become healthy. The reason Dr. Schmidt approaches health care the way he does comes from his experiences working on the family farm for 17 summers. First, because everyone in his family was either farmers or teachers he didn’t have a relative in the medical field to influence him. Second, he learned that if there was a job to be done and you couldn’t get it done, it simply 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 permanently with medications, this means he simply does not have the right tools to get rid of it completely. Dr. Schmidt finds what it takes, gains the knowledge, and acquires the tools to handle asthma and many other “incurable” conditions. Third, he saw how applying pesticides to plants created super-pests. He learned from his Dad 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 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 doctors about their profession. Out of 12 people he surveyed, none 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 wholistic 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 is when he discovered the power of nutrition. He saw the effectiveness and the huge 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 and functional lab work. He gives lectures and workshops to private, church, school and business groups and to the general public. He attended Toastmasters meetings and the National Speaker’s Association to learn speaking skills. He has been in newspapers including USA Today, Chicago Tribune, The Detroit News, The Ask Dr. Nandi Show, and Ann Arbor News. He has taped five 30-minute TV shows on community access television, one of which was requested by the public and replayed over 40 times. He has also been on the radio for interviews; both live and pre-recorded. Dr. Schmidt has co-founded two other business. One is the Good Fat Company which makes a ketogenic snack bar. The other is Power Nutrition Practice which trains office staff and practitioners of nutrition clinics.

Health Story

The most significant health problem I ever experienced almost put me in my grave but also taught me a valuable lesson that was known prior to 1960 but forgotten and now I’ve rediscovered it.

In the month of October of 2015, I had two bouts of heavy heart palpitations that lasted a few seconds. It worsened and by December, I was having them on a weekly basis. In January of 2016, I visited an urgent care center for chest pain, palpitations, left arm pain, and left jaw pain. In February, my blood pressure was too high – 155/95. I had anxiety, swollen feet, loss of appetite, tight muscles throughout my body, shortness of breath with no exertion, and worsening heart pain. I had considered calling 911 on three different occasions but I didn’t because I knew the MD’s would not find the cause. February 3, 2016, was the worst night of my life. I only slept 3 hours due to these symptoms keeping me awake. I had no answers for myself despite having practiced hardcore holistic nutrition for 17 years and google searches galore.

After that horrible night, I happened upon some notes in my iPad I received at a nutrition seminar I had attended 2 years earlier. I found a list of heart support supplements and protocols to follow. I started taking 5 nutritional supplements and within two days I felt better. I knew I was finally on the right track. What was interesting was their formulation date. They were released onto the market in 1934! What did the developer know in 1934 about my health that I didn’t know?

I dove into the original formulators books and articles. His name is Dr. Royal Lee, the Father of Holistic Nutrition. Dr. Lee made these products beginning in 1934 after performing 9 years of feeding studies. See, prior to World War 2, all medical studies were feeding and nutrition studies. His goal was to reverse lactic acidosis, the most common mechanism of chronic disease. All the doctors back then knew about and treated lactic acidosis. It was the main focus of doctors who treated chronic disease between 1920 and 1960. It was forgotten after 1961 when Dr. Lee had lost a Supreme Court case and he was not allowed to teach anymore.

Discovering lactic acidosis through my personal pain has been a great benefit to myself and my patients. By October of 2016, I had discovered that the Cause of my condition was chronic black mold exposure. To summarize: The Cause was black mold, the Mechanism was lactic acidosis, the Symptoms were heart-related. The Founding doctors in healthcare knew you had to treat all three.

The first time I taught this at a seminar was June of 2016. I got a standing ovation from the 125 holistic doctors in the audience.

My results with patients have never been better now that we know we have to treat the Cause, the Mechanism, and the Clinical/Symptom picture at The Nutritional Healing Center of Ann Arbor.

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Best holistic functional medicine Doc in the world. Under his care, my mother is off 14 prescription drugs, has reversed diabetes, hypertension, chronic UTI, chronic Bronchitis, rheumatoid arthritis and sleep apnea. She has lost 22 kgs (48.5 lbs.) and is healthier than ever. May Almighty bless him and his staff.
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This really works! I’m a 65 year old fairly healthy woman and I’ve had so many noticeable changes in my health since starting as a patient of Dr. Darren Schmidt. I wanted to get off my medications when I started in early July 2018 and after two weeks, quit using my steroid inhaler. I’ve tried to quit before but after 3-4 weeks, my chronic cough would return and I’d have to start using it again. But four weeks went by and no cough. It’s now been five months and it’s still gone and I haven’t used the inhaler once. And I can breathe so much deeper. I just went to see my M.D. who said my lungs are ‘really clear’ now. That would have been enough for me to make Dr. Schmidt’s treatment protocol worthwhile but there was so much more. My brain fog was lifted. My memory is so much better now and I feel ‘smarter’. And if that wasn’t enough, my tinnitus is GONE, I mean really gone and it hasn’t come back in five months so far. I didn’t even expect that would happen! It’s SO awesome to wake up in the morning and lay in bed and hear silence. I’m now working on my hypothyroidism. I’ve been off my Synthroid since early September 2018 and this has been tougher but the supplements make me feel warmer and have more energy. I’ve lost 12 pounds so my BMI is in the normal range now, not overweight. This program is the coolest thing I’ve done for myself in my whole life!

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I had no energy! I felt terrible all the time. I wasn’t sleeping and had extreme anxiety and depression. I was seriously considering going on anti-depressants and anti-anxiety drugs. My digestion was horrible and I had been on Armor Thyroid for years! I feel like a different person! I’m sleeping great. My digestion is so much better, I have energy and my anxiety is so much better. I was actually able to go off of all of my thyroid medications- my family doctor even told me to go off of it. I never thought this would happen! I’m no longer just surviving, I’m actually enjoying life! I’m a better wife and mother.

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I have seen an Endocronologist for 7.5 years prior with absolutely no results. For all those folks out there with Thyroid problems and auto immune related issues I highly recommend seeing Dr. Schmidt instead. Sad to say The Endo specialists have absolutely no idea how to treat you!! I am so happy and in debt to Marylin, my friend, who referred me to Dr Schmidt. A big thank you to Dr. Schmidt and the entire staff at The Nutritional Healing Center of Ann Arbor for helping me to be healthy!!

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I was looking at new options to help me with my rheumatoid arthritis. My hands would get stiff and fingers may swell. I was still eating wrong foods and clenching my teeth. Now I am 20 lbs less than I walked in the center. I eat a protein breakfast also I learned new foods to eat and feel better and foods not to eat. My hands feel improved definitely. Weight management is always good. Have knowledge of foods that are good for you. My hands don’t hurt and no clenching teeth.

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I was having trouble sleeping; I would wake up 4-6 times per night and couldn’t fall back asleep. I had arthritic pain in my hips and knees, and also often felt constipated and fatigued. I am sleeping well. I can return to sleep easier if I awaken during the night, and am waking up well rested in the morning. Arthritis in my hips and knees is only present when I overdo strenuous physical activity, my bowels have returned to normal and I have more energy. I am able to return to my active lifestyle and can participate in physical activity without pain.

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Before I came to the Nutritional Healing Center I was having problems with my bowel movements and I was constantly stuffed up + congested. I had to sleep on a certain side to open up my nasal passage so I could breathe better. I also had constant headaches from the congestion. My bowel movements continue to improve and are normal compared to what they were…. I can completely breathe out of both sides of my nose and I am no longer congested. I can’t even remember the last time I had a headache. How have these improvements changed your life? Being able to breathe out of my nose and not being congested makes me enjoy life better and I seem to have more energy. Waking up feels great now!

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Before I found the NHCAA I had night sweats for 10 years (started at age 35)! They had progressed to the point of being nightly and soaking my pillow and sheets. I started having daytime hot flashes, too. All while being told that my hormone levels were nowhere near menopause. I had multiple blood tests done to no avail. The daytime hot flashes are gone. Soaking my pillows and sheets no longer happens. Although I am still “warm” at night, I no longer wake up multiple times due to sweating. I am getting better sleep, I have a clearer mind and I am a happier person. I have had major improvements in the first eight weeks… I shouldn’t have suffered for a decade.

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Dr. Schmidt has been taking care of my husband over the past several months. He has helped with multiple health conditions concerning us. His recommendations have greatly improved and normalized my husband’s blood pressure more so than any formerly prescribed medication. My husband has reduced and maintained his weight at a healthy level which has helped with his overall health, thanks to Dr. Schmidt’s Keto Diet recommendation. As an out-of-state patient under his distant patient program, we find Dr. Schmidt and his staff highly responsive and helpful in addressing my husband’s overall health and wellbeing through comprehensive phone interviews.

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