May 22, 2019 -- Howard F. Loomis Jr., DC, FIACA, (1967) reflected
upon his lifelong love for learning as well as his relationship with Logan during
the University’s recent Spring Symposium.
A pioneer and
innovative leader in the understanding of human nutrition and enzymes, Dr. Loomis
has made a tremendous
impact on health care. Most notably, he developed a system for
identifying nutritional deficiencies and stresses on the body.
Today, he serves as
president and director of Food Enzyme Institute, which educates thousands of health
care professionals on the value of diet and nutrition in maintaining optimal
health. He’s passionate about sharing his knowledge with others and staying at
the forefront of health care.
Before an eager
crowd of attendees, Dr. Loomis addressed his own continuing education process, noting
that the purpose of chiropractic educators is not to make a student a healer,
but to impart knowledge so a student can pass exams and become licensed to
practice applying that knowledge.
“Each of you is an
artist that brings your education, individual talents and compassion together
to heal your patient,” he said. “Remember that regardless of the decade in
which you were educated, basic anatomy, physiology and neurology do not change.”
Dr. Loomis’ story
begins in June 1937, several months before he was born. His mother, a
registered nurse, brought her mother who was experiencing heart and lung
problems to see a specialist.
“After the exam,
while my grandmother was getting dressed, the doctor wrote a note and handed it
to my mother,” he said. “It said, ‘She may drop dead any minute.’ Imagine being
five months pregnant and being handed that note. That scene was told a few
times as I grew up.”
On the way home,
they passed a two-story white frame home on a corner lot with a well-groomed
green lawn. “The sign on the lawn simply read ‘Dr. Griffith, Chiropractor.’ No
one in my family had ever been to a chiropractor, and certainly not an RN in
1937. But my mother was very resourceful,” he said.
The fact that Dr.
Loomis’ grandmother would live for another 11 years―long enough for him to have
fond memories of her―had a profound impact on Dr. Loomis.
encounter with chiropractic wouldn’t occur until 1948 when back pain stemming
from a car accident forced Dr. Loomis’ father to quit his job as a baker. His
father pursued a second career as a chiropractor, bringing his family to Logan
Chiropractic College in St. Louis.
After moving back to Buffalo, New
York, so his father could practice, Dr. Loomis returned to St. Louis for a
brief trip. A chance visit to Logan resulted in him enrolling in classes to
become a chiropractor.
The next few decades would bring
many milestones and life-defining moments. In the late 1960s, Logan President Dr.
William Coggins led efforts to purchase a new campus in Chesterfield. “I still
take pride in the fact that I, and many other alumni, were able to contribute
toward the purchase,” Dr. Loomis said. “I experience a renewed sense of that that
every time I revisit the campus and proceed up D.P. Casey Drive.”
By the 1980s, Dr.
Loomis’ career took on a new direction. He was asked to conduct clinical
outcome studies in the use of food enzymes for health care professionals. After
five years of research, he began lecturing internationally, ultimately selling his
practice and moving to Madison, Wisconsin to open his own supplement company,
which later became certified by the State of Wisconsin Educational Approval
Board as an educational institution―a proud moment of his career.
Over the years, Dr. Loomis has remained an advocate
for chiropractic and supporter of Logan. In the early 2000s, he donated funds to
help construct an amphitheater as part of the William D. Purser Center. More
recently, he has provided the funds to
establish the Howard F. Loomis Jr., DC Endowed Chair of the Viscero-Somatic
Center at Logan.
“The only constant in this world is change,”
he said. “While our knowledge base of the functions of the human body continues
to greatly expand, the basic sciences of anatomy, physiology and neurology will
not change during your career. Continue your personal education and grow.”