Thought this was interesting! (VERY long)

Discussion in 'The Chatter Box' started by myfainters, Mar 21, 2010.

  1. myfainters

    myfainters New Member

    Oct 29, 2009
    Lancaster, CA
    ONIONS -- Who Would've Thought?

    In 1919 when the flu killed 40 million people, there was a Doctor who visited 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 one farmer, and to his surprise, everyone in the household 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... (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 farmer's story....but I do know that I contracted 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: LEFTOVER ONIONS ARE POISONOUS! I have used an onion which has been left in the fridge. Sometimes I don't use a whole one at one time, so I save the other half for later. Now with this info, I have changed my mind. I will buy smaller onions in the future.

    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. 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 quintessential 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 on 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.

    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 onions 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.
  2. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    That is pretty interesting.... :wink: :greengrin:

  3. AlaskaBoers

    AlaskaBoers New Member

    May 6, 2008
    Wasilla Alaska
    wow ,didnt know that!!

    and i think we do have leftover onions in the fridge!! :shocked: lol!
  4. myfainters

    myfainters New Member

    Oct 29, 2009
    Lancaster, CA
    I know we had leftover onions in our fridge too...... :doh:
  5. Dreamchaser

    Dreamchaser New Member

    Oct 29, 2008
    Camp Verde, AZ
    LOL... I live on the wild side. I will still use leftover onions.
  6. SDK

    SDK New Member

    Jun 26, 2008
    Yucaipa ca
    lol i detest onions so i guess i'm safe lol
  7. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    you and me both

    yup we still do and no one in my family has ever gotten sick from it - we put them in the freezer most of the time. WE got large amounts of onions, cut them up and then freeze them and use later -- this accounts for abot 50% of our onion usage if not more
  8. nancy d

    nancy d Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    near Seattle
    Thanks myfainters very interesting indeed! I have always thought that mayo causing problems was an old wives tale.
    I still use leftover onions only if they are still firm but you sure got me to thinking!
  9. zoomom

    zoomom New Member

    Feb 26, 2010
    That is very interesting about the onions usually being the culprit in food poisoning. I recall a class i took in college one time. I think it was either an immunology class, or something in the hotel school. We had a project assigned, and it entailed a scenario of a bunch of foods prepared, and how they were stored, and reheated/reused in a different dish, and people got food poisoning. The project was that you had to identify which food was the one that made the people sick and give your reasoning why you picked what you did, and why you ruled out the other foods.

    What i recall was that I was wrong with whatever i had selected, and the onions were the ones that caused the food poisoning.
  10. Dreamchaser

    Dreamchaser New Member

    Oct 29, 2008
    Camp Verde, AZ
    On a side note though, I don't like raw onions, but love cooked ones. That may be why I never have gotton sick from them.
  11. lissablack

    lissablack New Member

    Nov 30, 2009
    I saw the part about onions and flu last fall, and kept one on my counter, for the "why not" reason. Just about everyone around here got the swine flu, but I didn't. On the other hand my mother didn't keep an onion on the counter and she didn't get it either.

    I keep cut onions in the fridge for a long time and use them raw and have never gotten sick from them.

  12. AlaskaBoers

    AlaskaBoers New Member

    May 6, 2008
    Wasilla Alaska
    haha I told my mom and she said "Well...We Alaskans are Rebels and eat leftover onions" okay, I guess I'm stuck with them!
    I like them cooked
  13. zoomom

    zoomom New Member

    Feb 26, 2010
    Of course, when i sent the info out, my aunt (who is a nurse) checked it out on snopes, which said it wasn't true.

    My favorite line was this "Mind you, if you choose to place a few onions around your home, the only downside would be that your nearest and dearest will regard you as somewhat eccentric"

    considering that this group obsesses about goat pooches (at least lately) I think our families already regard us as eccentric, so what have we got to lose? It may be the most normal thing we do all day. :)