By: Shelly Robinson | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: April 2010
Rose Strawser, owner of Riverbend Nutrition, discusses nutritional supplements with long-time customer Mary Pringle of Tulsa.
There’s an old saying that necessity is the mother of invention, and in the case of Riverbend Nutrition, it rings true. Several years ago, Michael and Rose Strawser made a decision to live more health-conscious lives, changing their eating habits to include more fresh foods and supplementing their diet with vitamins. Then they made a discovery that changed their lives. The store-bought vitamins they were taking had been on the shelf for several months, sometimes as long as two years. “It didn’t make sense to us to eat fresh food and take stale vitamins,” shares Rose. “We began to research and found that not all vitamins are created equal, even when they are freshly made.”
The Strawsers have spent the past 11 years providing the community with the highest quality vitamins and mineral supplements available. Michael, a chemist, creates everything in the store fresh each month. “We package small batches of vitamins in our onsite lab so that everything is as fresh as possible,” explains Rose.
Rose is both a certified health professional and a certified phlebotomy technician, and has an obvious passion for helping her customers achieve optimum health. “Your body remakes itself every seven years, with the exception of your eyeballs and parts of your brain. Your body makes 100 million cells a day! It’s important to know what those cells are made of.”
Rose uses a dried blood cell analysis (DBA) as a screening tool. After a simple finger prick, drops of blood are placed on a slide. When the drops dry, they form specific patterns. Rose analyzes these patterns, looking for potential deficiencies, toxic-heavy metal deposits, parasite infestations and PH imbalances. Rose then makes recommendations of certain vitamins and minerals to address your nutritional needs. Although DBA is not used to diagnose medical ailments, it is a very useful screening tool for nutritional needs, and the process takes only about an hour. Rose discusses the details of the DBA in detail with her clients, and the cost for this screening is only $40. Riverbend also offers blood typing, iridology, blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose screening.
Mary Pringle has been a loyal Riverbend Nutrition customer for over 10 years and takes vitamins E and C and Klamath Algae to boost energy. It’s clearly working for her, and the vivacious senior has an obvious affection for Rose. “She’s become like a daughter to me. I wouldn’t buy from any other store.”
The Strawsers work with Bill Fitzhugh, doctor of naturopathy, and James Hodson, M.D., and Rose will be happy to work with your healthcare provider to customize a nutritional plan for you. The great thing about buying directly from manufacturer is that Riverbend is able to offer the great prices and proprietary formulas that are not available anywhere else. Rose has custom blends to help with depression, appetite suppression and liver repair and immune support, just to name a few.
A new product that Rose is very excited about is Anxiet-EZE, an all-natural supplement formulated to reduce anxiety and insomnia. The patented formula is available only at Riverbend Nutrition and has been highly successful with Rose’s customers. “It contains beta-phenyl GABA, a natural derivative of GABA, which is often found in anti-anxiety medications, and is believed to work by stimulating the neurotransmitters that produce a sense of wellbeing.” Her customers have reported sleeping through the night and waking up refreshed instead of groggy.
Rose points out that it’s easy to fall prey to exaggerated claims. “We don’t deal in fads, only products that have been demonstrated scientifically to work. We weed through the marketing schemes and bring you only products that will give you the desired results.”
Riverbend Nutrition is located at 134th Street South in Bixby. Store hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit Rose and the friendly staff at Riverbend to see what you’ve been missing.