Save Our Bones Bulletin: An Under-Appreciated Amino Acid That Builds A Powerful Antioxidant; A Foundation Supplement Proven To Prevent Cell Death; Medical Establishment Groups Plead With Doctors On Behalf Of Big Pharma - Save Our Bones

This month's bulletin highlights the power of natural antioxidants to reverse the effects of aging and strengthen your bones.

First, we'll look at a study about an under-appreciated amino acid. Researchers discovered that it facilitates the creation of a powerful antioxidant that prevents cell damage.

The second study we'll review is about a bone-essential vitamin that can prevent a type of cell death that has been linked to degenerative cognitive diseases.

Finally, we'll hear about the desperate attempts of the Medical Establishment to increase sales of prescription osteoporosis drugs. It seems that more and more people are pursuing alternative paths to bone health!

Taurine Supplements Could Reverse Aging Process

Researchers have found that supplementation with the amino acid taurine can help reverse the effects of aging.

Taurine, a compound found mostly in animal products such as fish, shellfish, chicken, turkey, and beef, plays an important role in combating oxidative stress.

Oxidative stress is the damage caused to cells by “free radicals” or radical oxygen species (ROS). These free radicals are the result of many normal physiological processes, but if they aren't kept in check, they can cause undesirable chronic conditions. As we age, our body's ability to protect against free radicals decreases. However, as this study shows, we can counteract that natural decline.

The researchers conducted their experiment with 24 women between the ages of 55 and 70. They divided the participants into two groups. One group took a daily supplement of 500mg of taurine for 16 weeks. The other group took a placebo.

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“Researchers analyzed oxidative stress markers in blood samples collected before and at the end of the study. They found a nearly 20 percent increase of the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD) in the taurine group. Meanwhile, the placebo group saw a decrease of 3.5 percent.

Researchers explain that SOD protects cells against harmful reactions of free radicals. Antioxidants, in general, keep free radicals in check and lower oxidative stress.

“Preventing the buildup of free radicals that naturally occurs with aging probably prevents cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure, among other chronic conditions,” says co-principal investigator Ellen de Freitas, a professor at the Ribeirao Preto School of Physical Education and Sports.”1

One of the conditions caused and advanced by the buildup of free radicals is bone loss. Oxidative stress damages the cells that keep bone healthy and strong. That makes antioxidants an important part of preventing and reversing osteoporosis.


Researchers found that supplementing with the amino acid taurine increased levels of the antioxidant enzyme Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) by nearly 20 percent in participants. Increasing antioxidant levels helps prevents the oxidative stress that causes chronic conditions associated with aging– including bone loss.

Study Finds Vitamin K Defends Against Alzheimer's Disease

New research has found that both Vitamin K1 (phylloquinone) and K2 (menaquinone-4) prevent cell death.

An international team of scientists was able to show that the vitamin acts as an antioxidant by inhibiting ferroptotic cell death. Ferroptotic cell death, or ferroptosis, is characterized by the oxidative destruction of cellular membranes. This form of cell death has been linked to a variety of degenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's.

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“During the last years, ferroptosis has been implicated as a driver of Alzheimer’s disease and acute organ injuries among many other diseases. Thus, the present findings put forward the concept that a vitamin K treatment might be a new powerful tool for treating these ferroptosis-related diseases… In addition, since ferroptosis most likely constitutes one of the oldest types of cell death, the researchers hypothesize that vitamin K might be one of the most ancient types of naturally occurring antioxidants.”2

Vitamin K is a Foundation Supplement, one of the most important micronutrients in the Osteoporosis Reversal Program. It's a good sign that new research continues to confirm that Savers have been on the right path all along.

Vitamin K facilitates a process called carboxylation that allows calcium to join the bone matrix. Calcium is the most common mineral found in bones, but it needs Vitamin K to get there.


Researchers found that Vitamin 1 and K2 act as an antioxidant to inhibit ferroptosis, a type of cell death that contributes to Alzheimer's, among other degenerative diseases. Add that to the list of reasons that Vitamin K is a Foundation Supplement, essential for bone and overall health.

Medical Groups Begging For More Osteoporosis Drug Prescriptions

Several groups within the Medical Establishment have been attempting to convince doctors to prescribe more osteoporosis drugs.

Between 2008 and 2012, osteoporosis drug prescriptions dropped by half. This remarkable reduction is mostly attributed to growing awareness of the horrifying side effects that some patients experience, including atypical femur fractures and osteonecrosis of the jaw.

These medical groups all have close ties to the pharmaceutical industry, so it's no surprise that they view a reduction in prescriptions as a problem.

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“The problem is so pronounced, that the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, the National Osteoporosis Foundation, and the National Bone Health Alliance have called on their colleagues to step up the use of drugs to treat high-risk patients…

The medical societies are urging patients to be more aware of the need to take the drugs but that is a very hard sell these days, Dr. Paul D. Miller, medical director of the Colorado Center for Bone Research, told the Times.

“Ninety percent of patients, when you talk to them about starting one of these drugs, won’t go on,” Dr. Miller said. “Ninety percent who are on the drugs want to come off. The fear factor is huge.”3

Fortunately, we have the power to rebuild our bones without the use of dangerous and ineffective prescription drugs.

Making that choice isn't about fear, it's about protecting our health and well-being. Why would you take the unnecessary risks posed by osteoporosis drugs when you could pursue a risk-free intervention that actually improves your overall health?

Perhaps instead of attempting to recover Big Pharma's profits, these groups should apply their energy toward helping people rebuild strong and healthy bones without taking dangerous medications.


Several Medical Establishment groups have been trying to convince doctors to prescribe more osteoporosis drugs. Prescription rates have been falling as more and more people learn about the horrible side effects of osteoporosis drugs. Instead, choose a safe and effective natural approach to rebuilding bone.

What This Means To You

You have the tools you need to build stronger bones– tools like supplementation, diet, and exercise. The research you learned about today is the scientific evidence that these approaches work. Antioxidants reverse the effects of aging by protecting your cells– and that includes all of the cells that work together to keep your bones strong, supple, and healthy.

Meanwhile, the Medical Establishment can't see beyond risky and unnecessary prescription drugs.

The Osteoporosis Reversal Program contains everything you need to forego osteoporosis drugs while still defeating osteoporosis. Even better, you won't have to worry about side effects. In fact, every approach taken by the Program improves other areas of your health!

Actions that are good for your health have a positive ripple effect. Their benefits multiply, making your life increasingly rich over time.





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  1. Tina Carey

    I was diagnosed of osteoporosis 10yrs ago but my bones was still normal to me until I started to take prescription drugs that my doctor give me resodronate 35 mg .I take it once a week, it’s been 8months now but I noticed I was having muscle aches and back aches so I stop taking it for almost a month now,I would love to take just supplements to keep my bones stronger any recommendations much appreciated.

  2. Nancy McCarthy

    I love your program and try to incorporate what I can into my daily routine! I will be more success with it once I retire in December and have the time to truly focus on the more in-depth aspects of it!

    I agree with this article about vitamin K2. I would love to add it to my routine, but I am leery as I am on warfarin and need to be careful about my clotting rate. I know vitamin K1 effects the clotting rate but I am not sure if vitamin K2 has the same effect.

    Is there any research you know of that address this? Could you please email the relevant links?

    Thank you!

    • Save Institute Customer Support

      Hi Nancy,

      We’re happy to answer your questions via email, as you requested, so please check your inbox within the next 24-48 hours.

      In excellent health,
      Customer Support

  3. Mary

    Does collagen peptides help bone density.

    Thank you

  4. archna

    Hi Vivian, Could you please share your valuable comments on zoledronic acid , though it’s a kind of bisphosphonate. Does it have long severe effects on immune system and reduce the immunity?? Thanks and regards

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Archna, aside from many other undesirable side effects, studies have shown that zoledronate and pamidronate depress the innate immune system. One study, published in the British Journal of Pharmacology, concludes that:

      “Zoledronate and pamidronate inhibited in vitro neutrophil chemotaxis and NADPH oxidase activity in a dose-dependent manner. In vivo recruitment of neutrophils was also suppressed. This work suggests that bisphosphonates have the potential to depress the innate immune system for a prolonged time”.

      And at you’ll find many articles on zoledronic acid. Here are a couple of examples:

      Keep asking questions and avoiding osteoporosis drugs!

  5. Ita

    Thank you, Ita.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      You’re welcome, Ita!

  6. Maureen Bieder

    I’ve been doing gym classes in all forms for ten years – 3 times a week, until 7 months ago, whilst walking my dogs, I slipped in slimy mud fracturing my ankle on both sides, plates and screws and after 12 weeks, back to gym. A screw came loose and was operated on 1st September, this time with a bone graft and more plates, screws. In camboot again.
    My doc has been adamant I should have Prolia even before this happened and I’ve totally refused on all occasions. Your info and my gut feeling will always take precedence re osteoporosis!

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Maureen, I admire you for sticking to your convictions and I’m thrilled to know you’re a part of our Saver community! Thanks for sharing your story and I hope you’ve recovered already from your last surgery 🙂

  7. Barbara

    I understand this website is about reversing bone loss naturally rather than without drugs. I have been trying to do that for decades…with diet, vitamin and mineral supplements, exercise, yoga, etc. My bone density has gotten increasing worse. Is there a point where even Dr. Vivian would recommend drugs? With numbers that are very bad, like -4, it seems like the natural methods aren’t enough.

    • Megan


      Have you tried adding vibration plate to all that your doing?

      When I recd my numbers -3.5
      I went into high gear, physical therapy 2 times a week, bone grow supplement & vibration plate 5 times a week (10 minutes, 30 intervals) brought my numbers down to -2.2 .
      Good luck.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Barbara, at the Save Institute we never recommend taking osteoporosis drugs. You have to remember that the Medical Establishment focuses only on bone density to determine the health of our bones. But it’s not so. Bone strength and good tensile strength (as explained in the Osteoporosis Reversal Program) are actually more important to prevent fractures, which is the goal of maintaining good bone health. It’s great to see DXA scores improve and unfortunately, we don’t have a way to measure the other two parameters I mentioned above.

  8. Bobbi

    In this morning’s email, there was a survey to fill out. But I couldnt find any way to send the answers! I would put a check mark in the boxes, and then it said “Press Enter”. Well, what does that mean? Does it mean I press the word on the screen?(nope) Does it mean I press my return key? (nope). Northing worked for me. Did others find a way to “press enter” that made it work? Thank you

    • Save Institute Customer Support

      Bobbi, we’re so sorry you’ve experienced those issues. There were a few glitches that have been fixed, so please try again.

      Our apologies for the inconvenience!

      In excellent health,
      Customer Support

  9. Helen Salo

    Hi Vivian,
    How much vitamin K should we we taking when we have osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and are over 80 years old also how much vitamin D
    do you recommend?

  10. Lori R

    This was emailed to me as a “new” bulletin. The article supporting the section titled “Medical Groups Begging For More Osteoporosis Drug Prescriptions” was written in June 2016. That was over six years ago, and I am interested in current developments.

    • Save Institute Customer Support

      We understand that it’s not recently published, Lori. Sometimes we like to include relevant information that we did not share previously in articles.

  11. Carol Simpson

    I think it would help me if there was a way to have a consultation with Vivian Goldschmidt just to confirm that we are going in the right direction.

    In the past, questions I had did not get answered or maybe I missed it during the question section. I never took medicine and have followed Save Our Bones program since 2010. I think I still have problems with calcium absorption. My fingernails never corrected itself with the splits.

    • Save Institute Customer Support

      Dear Carol,

      We’re happy to help you out with your questions, so please check your email inbox within the next 24-48 hours.

      In excellent health,
      Customer Support

  12. bob covey


    • Save Institute Customer Support

      LOL, Bob… The magazine would be in printable digital format 🙂


    Does it matter how long one has been on osteoporosis drugs before stopping them and going on the save our bones method?

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Lowana, as explained in the ORP, bisphosphonates have a relatively long half-life (approximately 10 years). Fortunately, a study has concluded that as bone remodeling resumes once the drug is stopped, new bone starts to form, and covers the alendronate (the generic name for Fosamax), so the drug is buried in bone and becomes inactive. You did not specify which drug you’re asking about, but I’m assuming you’re referring to bisphosphonates since they’re the most prescribed osteoporosis medication.

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