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Do you know your Onions?

Sunday, April 07, 2013

As read on a page on FB!!


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.


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.

Please pass this on to all you love and care about.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JSTETSER 4/8/2013 2:21PM


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WALLAHALLA 4/8/2013 11:54AM

    Scary, since I have been buying pre-chopped onions at the store to save time!

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BRENDA_G50 4/8/2013 10:41AM

    emoticon hmmm, I've read this before, but...I always put what I don't use of an onion in an airtight container in the refrigerator to be used within the next day or two. Never had a problem with them.

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LOTUS737 4/8/2013 9:27AM

    i had read this a while back and was intrigued- found no evidence supporting it unfortunately. i still use leftover onions and i'm good :P mayo does spoil. any food left out at unsafe temps for a period of time is not safe to eat- as far as i was able to find onions are no diff!

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ANU_20 4/8/2013 3:21AM

    Thanks a lot for sharing! emoticon

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ARTJAC 4/7/2013 11:36PM

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LIVINGFREE19 4/7/2013 8:15PM


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INCREDIBLYME 4/7/2013 3:15PM

    good to know, important to practice. l will not be savivg raw onion for later use

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SHERYLDS 4/7/2013 2:03PM

    interesting......very very interesting.
My next question is....if I make a soup/stew that will be eaten over the course of 3 or 4 days, is it safe to keep in the fridge or should I freeze it in batched portions?
Same with the cut portion of an onion...will it keep in the fridge in an air tight container for a day or two, or is this still not good.

that was a great blog ... lots of info.... thanks

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CATHYROSE40 4/7/2013 1:46PM

    I knew about some of this - but moving forward will NOT be putting onion into my tuna fish unless I cut it and use it the same day. Thanks for the info!

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PROUD-GRANDMA 4/7/2013 1:31PM

    Thank you for sharing!

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