THE DRIPBar is coming to Rock Row and I have questions

Westbrook’s Rock Row is growing rapidly with more and more tenants taking up space in the former rock quarry from which Rock Row takes its name. We’ve seen big names like Market Basket, Chick-fil-A, Chase Bank and REI open branches in Rock Row over the past few months with many more to come.

The latest company to set up shop in Rock Row has a very peculiar name. It also has locations across the country, but Rock Row will be the first in Maine.

The DRIPBar is an infusion therapy franchise with locations across the country that offers intravenous drops of vitamins and health support that they claim are absorbed by the body at a much higher percentage than taking these nutrients through orally, either through food or a pill. Some claim that these “vitamin drops” can cure hangovers, fight exhaustion and boost the immune system.

The DRIPBar which will open in Rock Row in March has a medical team with an owner who has been a nurse for 20 years. Call me “Old Man Parsons” if you want, but that sounds really weird to me.

10 years ago when I started cancer treatment, the nurses suggested I get a port, which is a device that sits just under the skin on the upper side right to my chest, which a needle can be plugged into to administer my chemotherapy so I can’t have to get stuck in my arm with a needle during treatment. I barely feel anything when the needle enters my port and it’s not uncomfortable at all, unlike when I had an IV in my arm.

So I wonder if people in Maine really want to be stuck with a needle to get their vitamins? Now I’m talking about healthy people, not those with cancer or other illnesses where getting stuck with a needle is the quickest path to recovery. I take vitamins, but personally I’d much rather pop a pill than get stuck with a needle as fluids flow through my veins. No thanks.

Vitamin IV is a new fad that people say helps them feel better, but some medical professionals say there is little scientific evidence to support these claims.

To each his own, however. Is this your thing? If so, let me know in the comments, because I’m curious about it. I don’t think it’s for me, but you do it and enjoy it. I’ll be next for lunch at Chick-fil-A.

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