My friend Norma sent me the following information this morning. Very interesting. I checked it out on Snopes and apparently there is some validity.
I’m off to buy a sack of onions. Will place them around the house – couldn’t hurt! Here’s the meat of Norma’s message:
“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 placed 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.
It couldn’t hurt to 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.
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:
‘Weldon,thanks for the reminder. I don’t know about the farmers story…but, I do know that I came down with 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… AND, 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.
On a related note, there is some evidence that left-over onion may not be safe. A chemist reports 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?). He says it’s not the mayonnaise (as long as it’s not homemade Mayo) that spoils, it’s the onions that 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!)
Also, dogs should never eat onions. Their stomachs cannot metabolize onions.”
Editor’s note: I’m still a bit skeptical. I regularly eat left-over onions and I’m not dead yet. But I also leave chicken out to thaw overnight. I probably have built up immunities to any bug that could invade my system.