Dr Fred Loffler


After a long career spanning five decades as a naturopathic physician in vancouver, Dr. Fred Loffler and his wife Dorothy, moved to Salmon Arm, B.C. to a well-earned retirement and his beloved organic garden.

But neighbors and residents still appear at his office each morning looking for advice and health care, and as long as he's able and willing, this healthy and active octogenarian will provide care for those looking for natural remedies.

Dr. Loffler admits he first became interested in natural medicine in order to help himself. After discovering the power and effectiveness of proper diet to cure his chronic digestion problems, he eventually went on to study naturopathy from 1938 - 1943 at the Western States College in Portland, Oregon. and returned to Canada becoming one of Vancouver's first naturopathic physicians.

He excelled in sports, becoming a welterweight wrestling champ and 1936 long-distance marathon running champion. "In the early 1930's I was one of the first joggers, I used to run along Marine Drive. People would say there's that guy running in his underwear!"

Here are some thoughts on health and healing from a pioneer in natural medicine.

On Chronic Disease

These are the diseases that most often bring patients to a naturopath, because they are looking for a "cure". I don't really like that word. For example, if someone has Crohn's disease, which often includes long bouts of diarrhea. you have to take away everything acidic. Then the patient takes chlorophyll and acidophilus to re-establish the intestinal flora. Antibiotics actually destroy intestinal flora. By doing this and avoiding stress, within a month everything is normal.

When a person has a chronic illness, they can't go back to the big four culprits of ill health -- tobacco, alcohol, junk foods and drugs.

On cancer

When someone gets the diagnosis, they immediately become paralyzed with fear. They can then become victims for any quack that comes along. If a patient is being sent into panic by any doctor, they should always seek a second opinion. My whole approach to any disease, including cancer, is to get at the cause. As in most illnesses, treating cancer means treating the liver, the master organ. You have to give it a physiological rest. Adding phosphoric acid or hydrochloric acid opens up the duodenum to release the pancreatic acid to aid digestion. You can get good results in six months.

On Gardening

I was one of the first organic gardeners in Vancouver and I was considered a nut. Doctors who have one foot in the garden make the best doctors because they understand nature. The PH balance is important in agriculture and it's important in human health. For instance, you can't have good potatoes where there has been lime.

On Vitamins

I believe in vitamins but they must be used judiciously. In my opinion, multi vitamins are useless but Vitamin C. E, the Bs, zinc are very important. You also must take them at the right time of day to stay mentally sharp. Don't take more than 10,000 units of Vitamin A. You don't need Vitamin D in the summertime. Forty years ago, my kids would ask me for the Smart-me-up Pills. I would give them High Vitamin Bs and they were always tops in school.

Garlic is the best antibiotic without any side-effects. When there are colds around, I chop up one tsp. of garlic and wash it down with grapefruit juice.

On Fluoride

Decades ago when Vancouver wanted to fluoridate the water, I was quite prepared to give my patients the antidote. You take a gallon of water, put in a tablespoon of ground limestone rock, and shake it. Fluoride is attracted to the limestone and then you can drain off the good water.

Fluoridating water supplies interferes with freedom of choice. I don't want to be medicated in any way through my water supply. Fluoride is also bad for health because it interferes with enzyme action in the body.

On Healthy Living

Eat plain and simple foods. Fruit in the morning, lots of vegetables, and digestive aids like pineapple and papaya. Whole grains and unrefined starches for people who work strenuously. Balance your food according to your work effort. Office workers should avoid high energy, high carbohydrate foods. There's a wise health tip from the Bible "Who does not work, does not eat."

A sick person can be motivated to get well. I really believe you are what you think. Relive a happy life incident, listen to good music, read good literature, laugh hard and often. Where there's life, there's hope. Where you can fan the smallest flame, there's always hope.

Health Action Network Society.


By Roxanne Davies

Retirement Eludes Successful Naturopath

Eighty-six-year-old naturopath Fred Loffler has been known to kill time before talk by standing on his head. It's not hard to imagine as the ex-wrestling champion and Olympic Marathon contender strides to the stage. He's wiry, bald and throws his arms out to punctuates his words.

He's attempted to retire twice, but his 50 years of experience and success have made him a popular man. He still agrees to consult with some patients and give talks, like the one Health Action Network Society (HANS) sponsored last October.

Loffler remembers the exact day he decided to become a health practitioner. It was February 5, 1937.

"I was in a hospital in Victoria, waiting for my dad to die after 20 years of ulcers, operations and drugs," he said. At this time the options for naturopathic school in North America were limited. He went to visit Western States University in Oregon in the US and was unimpressed.

"It didn't look much like a college -- It was a dump," he said with a smile. But he put aside his hesitation and went on to graduate from the school, which was far more credible than its shabby exterior had led him to believe. During this time he met and married his first wife, who completed her studies at the same school, and he began his lengthy practice. Over the years he has seen the acceptance of naturopathy grow and the number of schools increase, including a Naturopathic College opening in Western Canada.

Loffler is a firm believer in food combining. It is only natural that when asked by HANS to reflect on his career, he passes out detailed sheets with columns of foods and the best matches. And when the floor opens to questions, his answers always come back to food combining and when you eat what.

For example, in the morning it's fruit -- maybe grapefruit juice with garlic and vitamin E. In the evening, it's vitamin B-complex and blood builders.

He has theories on common ailments -- like his peanut theory. He says peanuts are the worst thing for kids, contributing to bronchial infections and excessive mucus.

He also has little patience for people who won't help themselves by changing their lifestyles or diets. The force and conviction with which he speaks and his infectious energy is nearly all the convincing bis audience needs. People tend to listen to a man who did a 40 kilometre overnight hike at Garabaldi when he was 85!

Looking forward, Loffler sees chlorella as the natural substance that may prove to be the answer to cancer in the next millennium, particularly in its ability to help build hemoglobin. What he thinks is the next immediate breakthrough, though, is B vitamins and folic acid for Alzheimer's.

"You heard it here first," he said to the audience. Although Loffler's experience is firmly rooted in the 20th century, he seems to have every intention of using it to explore the boundaries of health in the 21st.

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By Suzanna Starcevic

Straight-Shooting Naturopath Coming to Town

Age hasn't mellowed this 86-year-old naturopathic physician. Even after more than 50 years of practice, Dr. Fred Loffler still shoots straight from the hip.

"I will get a phone call from a patient or someone will come to see me and they say, `You've got to help a certain person.' I reply, `I'm not going to help that certain person until they do three things.' I do not have any miracle drugs. I do not have any quick fixes. People have got to clean up their own act before I can do anything for them.

For instance, in this particular case, a lady was eating chocolates every week. She was on a farm drinking milk and cream. She was also on a farm that had pork. Now I said, `I can't help this lady unless she quits eating chocolates, quits drinking milk and cream, and quits eating pork. When she quits eating those three things, then I'll come and help her.'

It took about three months for her to make that decision, and after that, I put her on a nutritional program. And she got out of her wheelchair and her varicose ulcers healed up very quickly. She lived another ten years and then died a natural death."

In this day and age, when physicians rely on, "take two aspirin and call me in the morning," Dr. Loffler's honest practicality is a welcome change. The simple truth is that patients just don't want him to retire. "I've tried to retire twice. I've been trying to retire for years, but the people keep coming." He has spent a lifetime promoting a dietary program which he has personally followed since 1937. Quite simply, he has walked the talk.

In fact, his penchant for physical fitness began at the age of 12. "I was always beaten up in school. I came home with a torn shirt, a black eye or a bloody nose, hat up a tree. I had a very wise mother. She always looked at me and said, `You've got to learn how to defend yourself.'"

Taking her words to heart, Dr. Loffler became a welterweight wrestling champion from 1930 to 1937. He was also a long-distance marathon runner and missed going to the Olympics due to lack of funds. His life, apparently, was meant to head in another direction.

Since he opened the doors of his practice in 1946, Dr. Loffler has treated most conditions under the sun, from childhood allergies and diabetes to more serious diseases. A pamphlet from his 1946 clinic emphasized his wholistic approach: "To be a physician in the truest sense, one must consider the patient's troubles from all these basic standpoints -- is it mechanical, nutritional, or psychological, or is it a varied combination of all three... The human body is not composed of separate entities, but is a working unit in its entirety and so must be treated as such."

His first cancer patient came to him in 1969. "A woman with cancer, given six months to live, called. She came out to see me. I changed her diet. After six months, when she was supposed to be dead, she was very much alive." And twelve years later, she visited Dr. Loffler in Salmon Arm -- still cancer-free!

For this naturopath, nutrition is the key. "My whole approach to health is this: when a patient first comes to me, I want to know what their complaints are. I want to know what sort of a diet they're on. And I also want night and morning urine samples to find out where they are chemically. After I've done all that, I check them physically and I outline a dietary program to correct them for that condition."

And according to Loffler, it is not only what you eat, but when you eat it. Food combining is an essential part of his recommended nutritional program. "Food has different values. Carbohydrates, sugars and starches are actually morning foods to get you going. They're energy foods."

Non-starchy vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, celery and carrots can be eaten all day. For lunch, add a bit of protein perhaps. Dinner could consist of eggs, tofu, yogurt, nuts, lean meats.

Do not, Loffler asserts, combine meat with potatoes, bread, pasta or rice. "I started practicing [this diet] on myself and I got rid of some of my own problems. I had a few problems with my bowels and they corrected themselves. I have been well ever since. In fact, I'm 86 now and I've only been to the hospital twice, and both times were for ruptures caused by carrying a moose over a mountain!"

One of the worst things to do is eat too much sugar, fats and starches, especially after dinner. "We so-called civilized people socialize in the evening, and that's when all the goodies come out. That's when Ma brings out the pie or cake that she baked. And here we sit around, eating cookies, pies and cakes."

Also try to avoid fried and greasy foods. "Oils should be used sparingly, but people are using oils three times a day. Everything is greased up. And that is the big problem. I'm not against oils, linseed or flaxseed oil in the evening, good olive oil if you're going to do any cooking. Udo's Choice would be a wonderful oil for a salad."

And don't forget to recognize how you feel. "The emotional side is very important. You see, it isn't always what you're eating, but what's eating you. One has to have a tranquil mind. You can't live a life of fear, worry and anxiety. You're going to be sick, even though your diet might be good.

I really believe you are what you think. Relive a happy life incident, listen to good music, read good literature, laugh hard and often. When there's life, there's hope. Where you can fan the smallest flame, there's always hope."

In 1997, Dr. Loffler gave a formal graduation address to the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto and his advice to these naturopaths of today? "Listen to your patients, really listen." Dr. Loffler will be available to listen to your questions and comments on October 14, 1999 in Vancouver, BC. This naturopathic pioneer will discuss his methods of nutritional healing.


Radio interview with Lorna Hancock on CKST AM1040, June 29, 1999.

"Eat right, live long." Toronto Star, May 11, 1999. B1,2.

"Dr. Fred Loffler: A Pioneer in Naturopathy." Health Action, December 1994. p. 12.

"Healing Nature's Way." Local Observer, February 9, 1994.

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By Michelle Hancock

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Dr Fred Loffler lived a wonderful life

98 year old naturopath passes peacefully The HANS office received an email this morning from the office of the BC Naturopathic Association very kindly letting us know that long-time naturopathic physician, Dr Fred Loffler, recently passed away. Their message said:

On Friday (March 4, 2011), Canada's oldest living naturopathic doctor, Fred Loffler, passed away peacefully at a care home in the Lower Mainland.

Dr. Loffler turned 98 on February 20 of this year. Fred received his DC in 1942 and ND in 1943 from Western States in Oregon. He had been BC's amateur wrestling champion from 1930-1937 and qualified as a long distance runner for Canada's 1936 Olympics team. His last competitive race was in 1952; he ran ten miles in 52 minutes. He practiced for over 50 years, first in Vancouver, then "retiring unsuccessfully" to Maple Ridge, then again in Salmon Arm. In his 80's he was still driving solo to and from BCNA conventions, hiking with his children and grandchildren, and giving public lectures.Fred will be formally remembered at this year's Northwest Convention.

HANS has many fond memories of Dr Fred Loffler, the strongest generated by not even meeting 'Fred' but hearing about him frequently and regularly. There was no love and admiration as strong as that held by early HANS Director and Dr Fred Loffler's friend, Len Greenall. It usually didn't matter what someone's problem was, that Len would say 'Fred would be telling him to read 'Toxemia Explained' by Tilden, and also eat by Loffler's Food Combining Chart'. It's been a hand-out for years, and it is attached under the article here:

Fred was more than just a presence. He became a favoured HANS speaker. When we invited Dr Loffler to speak before a large audience in 1999, it took us weeks of proof-reading to make sure that the food combining chart was 100% correct by Len's exacting standards. This is a document that he wanted to stand the test of time.
When HANS had access to the Healthy Living Show, thanks to Croft Woodruff, we were able to interview Dr Loffler, and some day, when our library archiving is complete, we hope to have this historical audio available for our members.

It seems hardly possible that Dr Fred Loffler is no longer with us - we shall just have to pretend that he is off hiking and camping at Garibaldi Park with many of his grand-children. We are grateful for the time we spent with him, and will work hard to preserve his wise counsel for generations to come.