Reviewer: Alison Tyler
Raw Meaty Bones: Promote Health
A Review by Alison Tyler January 10, 2003
As a five times reader of Dr Tom Lonsdale's book Raw Meaty Bones: Promote Health I find it useful to reflect on what each reading gained for me, particularly when assisted by Dr. Lonsdale's suggested reading list.
My first reading of Raw Meaty Bones was shortly after publication. It was a literal read and produced a re-affirmation of beliefs I had long held regarding the collusion and corruption of the veterinary profession, working hand-in-hand with multi-national corporations.
For several years I had followed Dr. Lonsdale's work and writing. The book brought all into focus.
But there is a bigger picture contained in the book — though some aspects were elusive on the first reading. What seems on the surface to be a straightforward issue — multi-national companies through propaganda and lies stealing from the world and harming animals with the willing assistance of the veterinary profession — is in fact the foundation, the building blocks, for issues and changes that stretch across professions, belief systems and disciplines.
It took a second and third reading for me to better understand the implications of what is contained between the covers of this book — and to understand the fear these ideas create, conscious and unconscious, in people from all walks of life, across nations and across professional boundaries.
My fourth reading was back-to-front taking the summation of Dr. Lonsdale's thoughts (Chapter 14) as the beginning and working backwards through the chapters to the beginning of the Evolution and the Revolution (Chapter One). In many ways I feel that this is how the book should be read and how I prefer to view it. We are at the beginning of great changes, great breakthroughs in science, philosophy, education, economic thinking and lifestyle that will impact generations to come. That is there for all to see as a 'beginning' in Chapter 14. 'Genius sees the answer before the question'.
Between my fourth and fifth reading of Raw Meaty Bones I read Arthur Koestler's The Sleepwalkers A History of Man's Changing Vision of the Universe and James Lovelock's Gaia A New Look at Life on Earth both of which are suggested reading by Dr. Lonsdale.
Fascinating reading on their own, the reading of both books within the framework of Dr. Lonsdale's writing brought clarity. Clarity of the ideas that Dr. Lonsdale advances but also clarity of the great depth and breath those ideas encompass when viewed from a global perspective. The final clarity came with the complete understanding of how and why the world (beyond the veterinary profession) seems to resist so strongly any whiff of original thought contained in Dr. Lonsdale's writing. Most change is incremental and comes from challenges brought to one discipline or field of thought at a time. Dr. Lonsdale's work crosses disciplines and belief systems and will likely change much of what we now know at a fundamental level. Some find that the embodiment of hubris and brazenness, most find it terrifying. I find it enlightening, uplifting and positive.
My most recent and fifth reading of Raw Meaty Bones, following the reading of Koestler and Lovelock, was the most fulfilling and illuminating to date. Knowing the influences on Dr Lonsdale's thinking and approach to science provided me with a mental image of the author at work. I could imagine his unconscious thoughts informing the conscious. I could almost feel myself in the room with him typing on the keyboard.
This brought a new scope and reality to the book that I would not have thought possible had I not experienced it.
I followed this fifth reading with a second reading of Koestler.
Court actions, television features and articles will bring the foundation, the building blocks, of Dr. Lonsdale's writing to the public loudly and repeatedly. The rest is far subtler and is the reason the world will look different in 20 years. To take it all in, with all of its implications, takes reading and re-reading and an understanding of the author's thinking that can only be accomplished by in-depth study. In-depth study that is eminently rewarding and worthwhile.