Monday, November 9, 2009

Onions and the Flu - Just an Old Wives Tale?

ONIONS AND THE FLU - An Old Wives Tale?

from a post by Goldi at (OLA)

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. T o
her surprise, none of her staff got sick.
It must work.. (And no, she is not in the onion

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

Weldon, 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.

********end of Goldi's post at OLA*********

Vermonter (another great member at provided this link:

Click here to see what Snopes said!

********end of Vermonter's post at OLA*********

Here is what I said (and think) when I posted on the thread at (OLA):

I read the snopes file and while I saw what they had to say, which basically amounts to 'there is no scientific proof', that can be said about a lot of old folk/wives tales.

For instance: At the beginning of each summer, as a child I would inevitably get a sliver of glass in my foot. When it happened, my Grandmother would cut and tape a piece of raw potato to my foot to draw out the glass. Sounds pretty silly, but it always worked. Someone told me it was all in my mind, so one summer I didn't use the potato... instead I went to the ER and they shot novacaine into the cut and then dug the glass out, leaving a huge whole (stitches were then required) and eventually a scar... in addition to a pretty hefty bill from the hospital... and guess what? They still didn't get it all... so I taped a frigging potato to my foot and guess what? You got it... the glass worked it's way out... so now, when I get a sliver of glass (or anyone I know does), we get a potato and get the glass out. Old Wives Tale? Sure... but it has never failed... and of course, there is no 'scientific proof' for it... but it always works.

For the price of a few onions (about $3.00 for a bag of about 8 onions), I'm willing to give it a try... I don't know if it works, but I know my Grandmother did it and I definitely KNOW we didn't get colds and flu when I was a kid...

Science be d&%#$d, they say we came from monkeys... what do they REALLY know anyway... they can't prove it works, but they can't prove it doesn't either... roflmao!!!


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