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#1 bh115577 OFFLINE  

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Posted October 18, 2012 - 07:40 AM

Found this on another site and, if the info is true, it might be worth reading.



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 families 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. 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. Try it and see what happens. We did it last year and we never got the flu.

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 farmer's 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 it into an empty jar, and place 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. Lots of times when we have stomach problems we don't know what to blame. Maybe it's the onions that are to blame. Onions absorb bacteria is the reason they are so good at preventing us from getting colds and flu and is the very reason we shouldn't eat an onion that has been sitting for a time after it has been cut open.

LEFT OVER ONIONS ARE POISONOUS

I had the wonderful privilege of touring Mullins Food Products, Makers of mayonnaise. Questions about food poisoning came up, and I wanted to share what I learned from a chemist.

Ed, who was our tour guide, 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 summer 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.

Also, dogs should never eat onions. Their stomachs cannot metabolize onions.

Please remember it is dangerous to cut an onion 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.
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Posted October 18, 2012 - 10:29 AM

I will ad this, My wife is from the Ukraine where she was a Medical Doctor. She swears by both onions and garlic for overall health. She will at times eat raw garlic (she is thoughtful about breath :-). But, the notion that these both have medicinal properties is not new to the world, In our western civilized medicine we would rather sell you a prescription for an antibiotic than advise you to eat something low cost

Edited by NutCASE, October 18, 2012 - 11:09 AM.


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Posted October 18, 2012 - 03:47 PM

HUmmm so my burritos can be qualified as health food?

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Posted October 18, 2012 - 04:14 PM

very interesting :thumbs:

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Posted October 18, 2012 - 05:34 PM

In the mid '50's as a teenager I contracted the "Asian Flu" after a dinner of steak w/cooked onions... or was it a hamburger.... I have never had the flu of any variety since.

I have always in the past and will continue to peel and slice an onion for sandwiches and cooking, put the remainder in a wrap of plastic into the 40ºF refrigerator for use up to a week. 72 years old this past August and still going. I learned this simple trick from my mother, an onion lover/server who died at 92 just before my father at 97.

The old wives continue to spin their yarns on down from the Middle Ages and if the placebo effect saves one life, hooray for the power of the mind.

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Posted October 18, 2012 - 05:42 PM

Onions! the new miracle food. I'm all for it. My Grandmother always had onions hanging and drying in her kitchen.

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Posted October 18, 2012 - 06:36 PM

About 15 years ago, I was visiting with some friends camping at a tractor show. We were sitting around the camp fire, cooling the heat of the day with a few cold ones. The neighboring camper was invited over and he told us this story.

For the past year and a half, he had been in declining health. No one could find what was wrong until someone finally gave him an MRI. Stage four cancer of the _____ (don't remember) and he was sent home with the phone number for hospice and directions to tell everyone goodbye and get his affairs in order. Time left, about three months.

He went to several doctors and specialists, no one would give him any better directions and there was nothing they could do. Until someone gave him an unofficial referral to a Doctor from India who had been doing some unusual treatments.

The doctor ran some tests, sat down with the results and a chart and told him that he should eat 8 fresh, raw onions a day. The doctor was very specific that his cancer had gone on for to long, that this was not a cure, only an extention of life. At first, he was skeptical but thought he had nothing else to lose.

The campfire was about 6 months after his first visit to the Doctor and about 8 months from his first diagnosis. His cancer had not progressed any further. His regular doctor was confused by the situation, but denied the onions had anything to do with it.

To the best of my recollection, he lived another two years before he passed. I always assumed it was the cancer that came back to get him, but I don't know if I was ever told why he passed. Might have been something completely different, IDK.
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Posted October 18, 2012 - 06:38 PM

I do like my onions! Now if I could get the darn things to grow. Garlic is good too. And I'm of German descent!

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Posted October 18, 2012 - 08:40 PM

The old wives continue to spin their yarns on down from the Middle Ages and if the placebo effect saves one life, hooray for the power of the mind.


My father who was raised during the depression says the limits of the human mind are not known, and may never be known. For the human mind is the most powerful thing on earth...

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Posted October 19, 2012 - 06:34 AM

For those of you that believe in the power of the mind, as I do, please don't click on the following link. A bit of a spoiler alert.

Sorry for posting what may or may not be questionable info.

http://www.snopes.co...neflu/onion.asp

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Posted October 19, 2012 - 02:07 PM

Interesting how time and the ages change people's beliefs. In the deep past people attributed good and bad happenings to one or more benevolent or unhappy gods. So, as the ages rolled on society became more "sophisticated and modern" they turned to a more tangeble source of human wellbeing... vegetables.:D

Myself, I believe something chocolate will cure just about any of my ailments.

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Posted October 19, 2012 - 04:41 PM

HUmmm so my burritos can be qualified as health food?

You only wish.... Heck.. if that was the case then mine would too..

My father who was raised during the depression says the limits of the human mind are not known, and may never be known. For the human mind is the most powerful thing on earth...

Powerful... hmm Not some of the people i had to deal with today..

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Posted October 19, 2012 - 11:12 PM

I tell ya what, Mr's M is a very knowledgable health professional (yep, she's got her .phd...) , and both she and little M have nasty colds today. Neither of them blinked an eye when I sent them to bed with a plate of onion, and garlic along with them. I'll let ya know the rest of the story.

And thanks bh115577 for posting this. Too much of what we think we might learn, we already know.
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Posted October 20, 2012 - 12:15 AM

Works best if its on glass wear.. :thumbs:

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Posted October 20, 2012 - 06:29 PM

I once asked my grandfather why he used a piece of deer antler as a watch fob. "To keep elephants away." is what he told me. "Aw, there aren't any elephants anywhere near here, Gramp!" I said. "Yup Lil' Hydro, you're right! That piece of antler works real good don't it!"
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