RMB Newsletter Vol 4:3 Food & Medicine: Raw meaty bones for dogs May 2004
Let food be thine medicine, recommended Hypocrates 500 years BC. Now, two-
and-a-half thousand years later, we are told we must throw the staple
food -- and medicine -- of dogs in the bin (London newspaper article
How could it be that for thousands of years we ignored Hypocrates’
injunction and treated food and medicine as two separate entities?
For much of that two-and-a-half thousand years we did accept that dogs
thrive on bones –- but I don’t remember seeing anywhere the suggestion
that (raw meaty) bones are medicinal. Now European Union (EU) bureaucrats
have decided that bones are not even a food source and should be chucked
in the bin.
One day the full enormity of the blunder will be understood and the
faceless faces of the men in Brussels will be covered in egg. There are
parallels with the flat earth/round earth debate. Early Greeks believed
the Earth to be round. But that core understanding, upon which we base
modern communications, transportation, forecasting, mapping and just
about the entire scientific gamut was lost or disputed for a further one-
and-a-half thousand years.
But to be fair to the Brussels bureaucrats they are only responsible for
the final blunder. The rot, both actual and metaphorical, set in when we
employed reductionist language –- when we created two separate categories
for food and medicine. And thanks to the efforts of the junk pet food
industry, the veterinary schools and veterinary ‘profession’ bones have
been labeled, not as food but, as hazards. After more than fifty years of
demonisation the humble but essential bone has been defined as waste.
Chances are the bureaucrats thought they were doing the logically correct
thing. They probably thought that they were cleaning up a last, lingering
anomaly for the betterment of the community.
If you are long-time reader of this newsletter you know that for bones to
be fully nutritious they need to be raw and meaty. That’s the way dogs
and other carnivores get their essential range of nutrients. For the raw
meaty bones (better still whole raw carcasses) to exert their full
medicinal effects they need to be in large pieces requiring lots of
ripping and tearing –- and thus the cleaning of the teeth and massaging
of the gums.
The alternative, either actively or passively promoted by the consortium
of junk pet food makers, vets and now Brussels bureaucrats, is to feed
dogs and other carnivores on factory-made concoctions. These products of
the dark satanic mills are barely nutritious and definitely not
medicinal –- in fact they poison a majority of the world’s pets.
Poisoning occurs in broadly three different ways:
1.) Soft canned foods and grain-based biscuits fail to clean teeth thus
giving rise to chronic oral disease and resultant production of toxins,
circulating bacteria and inflammatory chemicals –- all of which are
triggers for systemic disease.
2.) Cooked carbohydrates, proteins and fats are toxic in differing
degrees. Chemical colourants, preservatives and additives are all toxic
in varying degrees. Absorption into the circulation through the small
intestine of this range of toxins adversely affects several body systems.
3.) Poorly digested grains support a large population of colonic toxin
producing bacteria. Local reactions of the toxins on the bowel lining and
absorption of the toxins affect several body systems.
Raw meaty bones, then, are the essential food and medicine of carnivores.
Whilst this is clearly of interest to dogs, cats, ferrets and their
owners, there are many other implications too.
Carnivores live at the extreme end of the nutritional spectrum where they
use their teeth to pull down, kill and consume the carcasses of other
animals –- animals which may be much larger than themselves. I don’t
recommend that you run up to the next cow you see, sink your teeth into
its leg and expect to be instantly healthy. What I do recommend, though,
is for us as a society and medical researchers in particular, to study
the range of diseases that are cured and prevented in carnivores when
they eat their natural diets. Once the mechanisms and the biochemical and
physiological pathways are better understood we should be able to reapply
that information for the betterment of people –- omnivores in the middle
of the nutritional spectrum. (Some of the best, most rewarding scientific
research is performed at the extreme ends of spectra.)
Over the past hundred years we’ve seen a procession of ‘miracle cures’ –-
Penicillin, corticosteroids, Thalidomide and the list goes on. In fact
few of the ‘cures’ have come without unwanted side-effects. Most have had
limited curative potential and their disease prevention capabilities have
been close to nil.
By contrast, in carnivores, raw meaty bones are virtually side-effect
free; can cure gum disease, skin disease, joint disease, bowel disease,
and etcetera. They can help ward-off flea infestations and raw fed dogs
are better behaved and easier to train. On the disease prevention scale,
raw meaty bones and whole carcasses are peerless.
There are many miracle tales of wonder cures and miracle preventions
associated with the feeding of raw carcasses and raw meaty bones. One
story I heard recently can serve to illustrate. An old client of mine,
with whom I’d lost contact, told me of her experiences. Fifteen years ago
she was spending $1000 a month on vet bills for her kennel of rough
collies. Under pressure from me, and backed up by her husband, she
relented and switched her dogs to a raw meaty bones based diet. In the
ensuing fifteen years, except for two bouts of constipation in a dog fed
brisket bones, the client has not needed the vet at all.
Below is the EU Bone Ban article reproduced from the London Evening
Standard newspaper and contact details for British Members of Parliament
and various media organisations.
The EU should lift the ban and take a lead. They should provide official
encouragement for butchers to supply raw meaty bones -- not throw them in
the bin. Please make use of all or any part of this newsletter if it
helps you to persuade the relevant authorities. Butchers, journalists,
doctors, farmers, teachers and a long line of professions could
potentially make use of this information.
Wishing you and your pets the best of good health,
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/arti ... ce=Evening%
EU BANS GIVING BONES TO DOG OWNERS
By Nigel Rosser, Evening Standard
26 May 2004
Butchers are being threatened with fines if they give bones away to dog
owners. They are being sent letters telling them that a new European
directive bans the traditional practice.
In future, Britain's 10,000 butchers will have to pay for the bones to be
incinerated rather than hand them free to customers for their pets.
The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs today
confirmed the Brussels ban. It said the bones are now considered "waste"
which must be properly disposed of.
A spokesman said: "Customers can take bones away with them when they buy
the deboned meat if it is for human consumption. "But if the bone is
waste or for pet food then it's a byproduct - and cannot be passed to the
Aberystwyth butcher Aled Morgan, 35, one of the first to receive a
warning letter, said: "I just don't see where the EU is coming from. It's
just going to cost butchers at least £2,000 a year." Local dog owner
Martin Swanson, 32, said: "It seems to me to be another barmy EU
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RAW MEATY BONES SEMINARS -- 2004
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1 July -- Essex
3 July -- York
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