Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Onions and Mayonnaise

Red Onion

I receive an email which is very useful and interesting I want 
this to all of you here we go...

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 in his family 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 or viruses, therefore,  keeping the family very healthy.

Now, I  heard this story from my hairdresser in Arizona (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 for I sent this 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...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. It's probably the onions that are to blame. Onions absorb bacteria and the very reason they are so good at  preventing us from getting colds and flu---and therefore also 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.

"The guy who gave us our tour is named Ed. 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 quint-essential picnic, with the bowl of potato salad sitting on the table and how everyone blames the mayonnaise when someone gets sick.

"Ed says 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 it 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 share this on to all you love and care.

1 comment:

  1. This story is not true! Google it!