gizmo

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Onion & Mayo - interesting! (received today)
Please ignore - spoof!!

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....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.... 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 it 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.

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's 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.. 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 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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louise17

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Onion & Mayo - interesting! (received today)
That's amazing. How often do you replace the onions that are cut & placed in rooms? No harm in trying it...
 

pepperkat

From"Gods Own Country"
Onion & Mayo - interesting! (received today)
The best way t get rid of the smell of paint after painting inside your home is to put a cut onion in the room overnight. The onion absorbs the smell of the paint, & if coloured paints have been used the onion takes on some of the colour. Needless to say the onion should be thrown away after.
 

gizmo

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Onion & Mayo - interesting! (received today)
My son has just informed me that I have the intelligence of a door knob!

Humble pie

Withdraw my thread

snopes.com: Onions Versus Swine Flu

Just confirms that you cannot always believe what you read.

Gizzo - my apologies

:behindsof
 

kibris

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Onion & Mayo - interesting! (received today)
apparently this onion tale-- although i wish it were true-- is another great myth on the internet---i have just read that at the beginning of this century they did not have microscopes with the ability to see flu germs on the onion lol ---but anything is worth a try
 

gizmo

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Onion & Mayo - interesting! (received today)
Gawd! Feel so stupid Went on a rampage today posting on forum and have done nothing but get it wrong! Withdrawn the thread and my apologies - email received from my sister in law!

Roast onions are still one of my favourite veggies

:confused:
 

kibris

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Onion & Mayo - interesting! (received today)
actually onions are very interesting--in fact the slaves building the ancient pyramids would strike if there was not enough onions or make-up for them----boiled onion skin water can be drunk as a herbal tea --used to color your hair and as a clothes dye--and what would a good soup or burger be without them?
 

Hilsjw

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Onion & Mayo - interesting! (received today)
Yes. this is all true. Old friends of my late parents had a farm in the West Country. During the war or shortly after, there was an outbreak of foot and mouth in the cattle. These farmers cut up lots on onions and spread them across all entrances to their farm.They were the only farmers around the area whose cattle did not get foot and mouth.
 

Number6

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Onion & Mayo - interesting! (received today)
Yes. this is all true. Old friends of my late parents had a farm in the West Country. During the war or shortly after, there was an outbreak of foot and mouth in the cattle. These farmers cut up lots on onions and spread them across all entrances to their farm.They were the only farmers around the area whose cattle did not get foot and mouth.

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