Meet Dr. Mike
Hi, my name is Dr. Michael VanDerschelden, or Dr. Van as most people call me.
I’m an expert in health and nutrition, in human performance and exercise, and my number one passion in my life is teaching people how to transform their health and lives.
Before I go any further, though, I’d like to reveal something very personal…
“I used to be ashamed of my story and just the thought of ever sharing it created fear, insecurity, and anxiety within me.”
I used to be ashamed of my story and just the thought of ever sharing it created fear, insecurity, and anxiety within me. My story is painful to tell but I believe it’s essential to share for the purpose of showing you that I’m not perfect. I’m not special. I have made mistakes and don’t have some human superpower. I believe that if I as able to overcome the obstacles I was faced with, you can too.
Like many of you, I struggled with my health. I didn’t understand what was wrong with me. I couldn’t perform the way I needed in order to be successful in all facets of my life, and I hated it. I used to be ashamed of my story and just the thought of ever sharing it created fear, insecurity, and anxiety within me. My story is painful to tell, but I believe it is essential to share for the purpose of showing you that I am not perfect, that I am not special, that I have made mistakes, and that I don’t have some human superpower. I believe that if I am able to overcome the obstacles I was faced with, you can too. Well, without further a due, let’s take a trip down memory lane.
I vividly remember the day at the ripe age of 14 when I went into the doctor’s office for my continued and never-ending allergies. The doctor entered the examination room, took a brief look at my medical history and symptoms in my chart, and without blinking an eye, BAM! Without a smidge of eye contact, he took out his prescription pad and added a third prescription drug to my arsenal of allergy medications, because two medications for allergies were apparently not enough. Then the doctor abruptly left to attend to the next victim. What a nice fellow he was.
It is important to note that at this point in my life as a freshman in high school, I wasn’t just on multiple allergy medications. I had just finished my third cycle of Accutane for what doctors called severe cystic acne. Just google the side effects of this terrible drug and you will be frightened. Things like severe dryness of the lips, mouth, and nose; cracking and peeling of the lips and skin, especially on the face; and severe depression.
The large red sores and blisters over my face along with dried and cracked skin from the Accutane caused my face to frequently bleed nearly every time my face was touched. Putting on a shirt over my head too fast, my face would bleed. Wrestling with my little brother, bleed. I couldn’t think of a better combination of problems for an insecure boy to deal with in the beginning of his teenage years! I mean, what could be a more effective strategy at impressing girls then having big red and purple blisters all over your face with dry cracking skin at the corner of your mouth?! Sigh
“I couldn’t think of a better combination of problems for an insecure boy to deal with in the beginning of his teenage years!”
A few years later after the Accutane, I was also put on yet another antibiotic for my acne, along with an array of prescription-strength creams, lotions, and potions that added more fuel to the fire. My allergies were constant, no matter how many meds I was on. My acne never seemed to improve, my skin was a dry cracking mess, and what was left of my self-esteem was completely shot.
To make matters worse, I remember taking a communication course freshman year in college that basically forced me to public speak. Just the thought of public speaking made me so nervous and anxious that it would cause my hands to shake uncontrollably. I remember attempting to deliver a 5-minute speech with notecards in my hand and literally being unable to read them because my hands were shaking so bad.
I had it engrained in my mind that whatever symptom I was dealing with at the time, all I would have to do is make another trip to the doctor to get a quick fix, to get another set of prescription pills, and that’s exactly what I did. When I told the doc about my nervous shaking when trying to give a speech, he seemed very concerned. So concerned in fact that he pulled out his prescription pad and prescribed me another medication, this time for beta-blockers. Stop me if you’ve heard this before.
“Whatever symptom I was dealing with at the time, all I would have to do is make another trip to the doctor to get a quick fix.”
I was a sick eighteen-year-old. There had to be a better way right? A way back to a state where my body could function like it was supposed to without all the drugs and the annoying symptoms I was dealing with. You would think that this experience over the last 4 years would serve as a wake-up call for me, a sort of ‘seeing the light’ type of moment, but you would be wrong. Very wrong. Some people can learn from a single mistake, and some never seem to get a clue.
Fast forward eight more years and I found himself in another problematic situation. The accumulation of all the bad food, prescription drugs, and poor lifestyle habits were taking a toll on my brain function, concentration, and focus as I was in professional school obtaining my doctorate. I was always able to will myself to get all A’s in school; it just took me lots of will power and countless hours studying by myself in a library devoid of any distractions to do so.
I found out that many of these same classmates had a prescription for Adderall, also known as ‘the study drug,’ which was a medication to treat ADHD. I remember one night before a big test, one of my classmates let me try one of their little study drugs and wow… was that some magical experience! Within 30 minutes, the act of studying transformed from a boring event exercising tons of willpower to a very exciting and engaging activity! It actually made subjects like organic chemistry and pharmacology fun. Who would have thought that was possible? I was hooked. My next mission was to get a prescription to this miracle study drug.
A few weeks later, I found myself talking with my doctor about how I was having a hard time concentrating and studying. I told him how I would daydream and get distracted easily. The doctor made it seem like these traits were extremely serious and a big cause for concern for someone in their early 20’s to have, and proceeded to give me a prescription to Adderall. Problem solved! I was really getting the hang of this health care system. Have a symptom, go to a doctor and get a prescription!
“I was really getting the hang of this health care system. Have a symptom, go to a doctor and get a prescription!”
A common theme in the science classes I was taking to obtain my doctorate was the incredible intelligence of the human body. The body has this miraculous ability to heal itself as long as it’s provided the proper nutrients and devoid of toxins. The human body and its complexity absolutely fascinated me.
Learning about health and respecting the dynamic ability of the human body was in direct conflict with how I was living. I began to wonder if the health issues I was experiencing was the result of consuming toxins my body didn’t need and deficient in nutrients that my body needed to express health? Could it be that simple? I became painfully aware of all the toxins I was putting in my body in the form of medications and nutrient-poor foods. Was I sick because I was deficient in prescription drugs, or was I sick because of all the toxic crap I was giving myself?
I realized I wasn’t respecting the intelligence of my body. I wasn’t listening to what my body was trying to tell me. I wasn’t practicing what I preached. I was talking the talk, but not walking the walk. This awareness of this break in my personal integrity began to eat at me until I finally became fed up! I was done! After all, how could I expect patients to respect me and take my advice on getting healthy while I wasn’t following that very same advice? This moment of questioning my ethics and integrity served as my breakthrough, my catalyst for change. I threw away my medications, put an end to bad lifestyle habits, and haven’t to this day looked back.
Three years later, I graduated with honors and was on the Dean’s list. No study drugs or medications needed. From that moment, I took my study of health seriously, applying everything I was learning to my life. I found my calling in teaching and lecturing to the masses on the importance of health. I became a best selling author. I now own my own Regenerative Medicine practice where I get to help people transform their health and life every single day! Life is good. Scratch that. Life is phenomenal!
“People who have either met me, read my books, heard me speak, heard me lecture, or have watched my youtube videos know that I take health very seriously and that I practice what I preach.”
People who have either met me, read my books, heard me speak, heard me lecture, or have watched my youtube videos know that I take health very seriously and that I practice what I preach. I don’t just talk the talk, which quite frankly is easy, but I take it a step further and walk the walk. It is true that many have labeled me the absolute picture of health and fitness, but now you know that it was definitely not always this way. I have had many struggles, undergone countless failures and setbacks, but all of these have provided a vital learning experience for me and have shaped me into the doctor I am today. My hope is you learn from my mistakes and understand that if I can transform my health with proven lifestyle hacks, you can too.
It is amazing how well your body can perform when you treat it with the respect it deserves. As I always say, your body is a temple, but only if you treat it like one. The lifestyle modifications I continue to educate on are a foundational premise of how I live my life. The tips and strategies I will teach you will allow you to experience the exact same benefits I did and still do to this day.
I am so excited for the journey you are about to partake in with me, and I absolutely cannot wait to teach you the vital health information you need that’s cutting edge and backed by science. Together, I will show you how to transform your health and reach optimal human performance!