Over the years, customers have asked us how we got started in the health industry. Here is a short version of a long story.
Howard and Carol Bond were in a Houston shopping mall in the year 1976. At a health food store, they were intrigued by the health-related possibilities of the vitamins and supplements on the shelves. Howard had achieved a substantial background in human anatomy, and Carol had studied the effectiveness of nutritional care. Based on conversations with the representative in the health food store, both Howard and Carol began a regimen. They quickly noticed an improvement in their vitality and vigor.
The startling effectiveness of the supplements prompted the pair to plan their own distribution center. In October, 1978, Carol and Howard Bond celebrated the opening of their first store. Research had shown them the type of products adults wanted but often couldn’t get. The result was custom-formulation of private label products such as Geri-Hi, which to this day is among Carol Bond’s top five sellers. People were tired of being sick and tired, Carol Bond explains. For that matter, the typical American- is tired most of the time. Geri-Hi was conceived and prepared to combat just that problem.
Howard Bond decided to test the effectiveness of Geri-Hi by giving a two-day supply to a group of customers. At the end of two days, most returned to buy a bottle, explaining that even in so short a time they could feel how strongly their energy level had increased.
Additional research eventuated into the combination that has made Carol Bond Health Foods renowned throughout the United States: The Carol Bond Health Plan, consisting of Geri-Hi, Dolomite, and CPP Natural Protein.
Originally, the company did business only in Southeast Texas, but as the reputation grew and the customer base expanded, mail-order customers flocked to the only source of The Carol Bond Health Plan. The biggest single cause of expansion was referrals, an indication of the effectiveness of the formulation.
Radio advertising followed. The relationship with Christian Radio and numerous Christian magazines has lasted more than twenty years and shows no sign of slacking.
For decades, our excellent service and integrity have placed Carol Bond Health Foods in a unique position in the health and wellness arena. Even though the business has changed hands and the name has changed, our commitment to quality and excellent service has never faltered.
Founder Howard Bond passed away in May of 1999. Carol Bond continued a chief executive officer, maintaining the triple tradition of Carol Bond Health Foods until 2014 when she sold it to longtime employee of 25 years, Sherry Mettlen. Our hearts were sadened when Sherry Passed away in January of 2017.
The Health Fix Store is now owned and operated by Betty and Robert Runkle.
Betty Wells Runkle is a Certified Natural Health Consultant and holds a doctorate in Traditional Naturopathy. She has over 17 years of experience working in the field of natural and botanical support for health. Her attention to the Mind/Body Connection as it pertains to health and wellness gives her a unique perspective when working with clients. Betty Wells Runkle, ND accepts appointments for anyone who is seriously ready to make lifestyle changes in order to gain control of their health. Although consultation with Betty does not replace medical advice, it will give the client pertinent information and education about natural and nutritional health that will better empower them to make informed decisions.
Betty and Robert Runkle reside in Liberty, Texas. They have four children and one grandchild. They are active members of their church and love spending time with their family and friends.
Betty is the co-author of Healing Can Be Easy with world renown and best selling author, Beth Miser. For more information about our expert, or to schedule your personal consultation appointment please visit
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