Saturday, February 27, 2010

File this in the "For what it's worth" file.....onions!

this info came from an email from my mother in law....anyone ever heard this to be true?????


In 1919 when the flu killed 40  million people there was this Doctor that visited the many  farmers to see if he could help them combat the flu.
Many of the farmers and their family had contracted it and  many died.

The doctor came upon this one farmer and to his surprise,  everyone was very healthy.  When the doctor asked what  the farmer was doing that was different the wife replied  that she had placed an unpeeled onion in a dish in the rooms  of the home, (probably only two rooms back then).  The  doctor couldn't believe it and asked if he could have one of  the onions and place it under the microscope.  She gave  him one and when he did this, he did find the flu virus in  the onion.  It obviously absorbed the bacteria,  therefore, keeping the family healthy.

Now, I heard this story from my hairdresser in AZ.   She said that several years ago many of her employees were  coming down with the flu and so were many of her  customers. The next year she placed several bowls with  onions around in her shop. To her surprise, none of  her staff got sick. It must work..  (And no, she  is not in the onion business..)

The moral of the story is, buy some onions and place them in bowls around your home. If you work at a desk,  place one or two in your office or under your desk or even  on top somewhere.  Try it and see what  happens.  We did it last year and we never  got the flu.

If this helps you and your loved ones from getting sick, all the better.  If you do get the flu, it just might  be a mild case.. Whatever, what have you to lose? Just a few bucks on onions!!!!!!
Now there is a P. S. to this for I sent it to a friend in Oregon who regularly contributes material to me on health issues.  She replied with this most interesting experience about onions:
Thanks for the reminder.. I don't know about the farmers story.. but, I do know that I contacted pneumonia and needless to say I was very ill.. I came across an article that said to cut both ends off an onion put one end on a fork and then place the forked end into an empty jar....placing the jar next to the sick patient at night.. It said the onion would be black in the morning from the germs.. sure enough it happened just like that.. the onion was a mess and I began to feel better.

Another thing I read in the article was that onions and garlic placed around the room saved many from the black plague years ago. They have powerful antibacterial, antiseptic properties.
This is the other note.

I  have used an onion which has been left in the fridge, and sometimes I don't use a whole one at one time, so save the other half for later.

Now with this info, I have changed my mind.. will buy smaller onions in
 the future..

I had the wonderful privilege of touring Mullins Food Products, Makers of
 mayonnaise..  Mullins is huge, and is owned by 11 brothers and sisters in the Mullins family.  My friend, Jeanne, is the CEO.

Questions about food poisoning came up, and I wanted to share what I
 learned from a chemist.

The guy who gave us our tour is named Ed. He's one of the brothers Ed is a chemistry expert and is involved in developing most of the sauce formula.  He's even developed sauce formula for McDonald's.

Keep in mind that Ed is a food chemistry whiz. During the tour, someone
 asked if we really needed to worry about mayonnaise. People are always worried that mayonnaise will spoil. Ed's answer will surprise you. Ed said that all commercially- made Mayo is completely safe.

"It doesn't even have to be refrigerated. No harm in refrigerating it, but
 it's not really necessary." He explained that the pH in mayonnaise is set at a point that bacteria could not survive in that environment. He then talked about the quaint essential picnic, with the bowl of potato salad sitting on the table and how everyone blames the mayonnaise when someone gets sick.

Ed says that when food poisoning is reported, the first thing the officials
 look for is when the 'victim' last ate ONIONS and where those onions came from (in the potato salad?). Ed says it's not the mayonnaise (as long as it's not homemade Mayo) that spoils in the outdoors. It's probably the
onions, and if not the onions, it's the POTATOES.

He explained, onions are a huge magnet for bacteria, especially uncooked
 onions. You should never plan to keep a portion of a sliced onion.. He says it's not even safe if you put it in a zip-lock bag and put it in your refrigerator.

It's already contaminated enough just by being cut open and out for a bit,
 that it can be a danger to you (and doubly watch out for those onions you put in your hotdogs at the baseball park!)

Ed says if you take the leftover onion and cook it like crazy you'! ll
 probably be okay, but if you slice that leftover onion and put on your sandwich, you're asking for trouble. Both the onions and the moist potato in a potato salad, will attract and grow bacteria faster than any
commercial mayonnaise will even begin to break down.

So, how's that for news? Take it for what you will. I (the author) am going to be very careful about my onions from now on. For some reason, I see a lot of credibility coming from a chemist and a company that produces millions of pounds of mayonnaise every year.'

Also, dogs should never eat onions. Their stomachs cannot metabolize onions .
Please remember it is dangerous to cut onions and try to use it to cook the next day ,it becomes highly poisonous for even a single night and creates Toxic bacteria which may cause Adverse Stomach infections because of excess Bile secretions and even Food poisoning.
Please pass it on to all you love and care.


Marcy said...

It looks like the onion part might be an old myth. Check out and put in "onions", it seems to dismiss it. [ is a wonderful website for checking out the accuracy for those emails that go around. Some are right - some not.]

Meanwhile, I hope you stay healthy!

Noni at The Brick Street Bungalow said...


Anonymous said...

I don't think Snopes should have the final say. Got made these naturals things for our own health. So much better than the stuff docs give us that have the mile long list of side effects~ like death! Thanks for posting this! What can it hurt to try this?! I will be!

Anonymous said...

Hmmm...I love the nutrition in onions. I wonder if this is an old wives tale or true?

My mom has lots of home remedies stories from when she was a child during the depression. One was for ear infections. Her mother put warm urine - yes, urine - in their ears. I know, weird but true.

Tara said... interesting. I have read things like that before. Wouldn't that be awesome if it were true.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Hinterlands said...

Interesting and definitely worth a try....not a costly thing to lose if it doesn't work.

There are a lot of old remedies that involve onions. Onion packs were the norm when you had a chest cold or pneumonia before the invention of antibiotics. Anyone who has kept an onion in the refrigerator should realize how many odors it picks up....not just gives off.
I am willing to try it!

Julie Harward said...

WOW...what a lot of info. about onions! I love them, use them in everything...I do believe they are good for us. I have used 1/2 of one and put the other 1/2 in plastic and then used it later with no ill affects though...Come say hi :D

Lisa said...

Really cool! I think we are running out of onions and I am getting sick again. Shoot I was just at the store!
I really enjoyed this!
Hugs, Lisa

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

as you said a few bucks for onions, so I am going to give it a try.. I wonder what snopes would say about the full moon? I assure you the full moon has power we havent even tapped yet.. off to put out some onions:-)

Kim said...

No WAY Suzanne! I'm shocked! I can't thank you enough for this info. and would you mind if I cut/paste this and send it to my friends and family via email? Let me know.

Kathy said...

That was super iteresting interesting, Suzanne! My husband is an onion freak and eats them with everything. I cook with lots of onions too. Makes me wonder about those occasional tummy "viruses". Thanks for a great article!

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Whether or not it's true, we do know that there are so many natural remedies that God created and placed around us, so why not?! inda

Bella Michelle said... I have a lot of onion to think about!!!!