ONIONS? Are You Kidding Me?

Folks who know that I am involved in the nutrition and green technology field, are always sending me all types of articles and information.  Recently, a friend of mine sent me this article.  I thought it was pretty interesting, and wanted to pass it along.  I am not a doctor, nor am I a biologist or a chemist; therefore, I can’t tell you if this is true or false….I do know it is an interesting read.  Just a personal note, and a shameless plug — to help me stay healthy, I take Re:Sist by Vollara every day. Re:Sist is a powerful blend of patented ImmunXT, vitamin C and zinc for healthy immune system function. I don’t want to put my health bet on an onion. Want to find out more about Re:Sist, visit my website at https://www.vollara.com/shop/wellness-lifestyle   For what it’s worth, I’m passing the onion story on for you.  Sorry, but the author is unknown. 



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 a 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.. (And no, she is not in the onion business.)
The moral of the story is, 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. If this helps you and your loved ones from
getting sick, all the better. If you do get the flu, it just might be a mild case..
Whatever, what have you to lose? Just a few bucks on onions!!!!!!
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 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 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.. 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 absorbing 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.
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 want to share what I learned from a
food 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’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.
So, how’s that for news? Take it for what you will. I (the author) am going to be very careful about my onions from now on. For some reason, I see a lot of credibility coming from a chemist and a company that produces millions of pounds of mayonnaise every year.
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. Feel free to pass this on to all those you love and care.



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