b1anca, May 6, 6:24am
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 Arizona. 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.

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 ... ... ... . .

ttwisty, May 6, 6:25am

rog.e, May 6, 6:41am
So eat raw onion slices with some cheese (or not) for lunch or snack every dayand I wont get the flu.
My father never had a cold or a flu to my knowlege and that's what he did. Taught me to do that too.

True or not I love raw onion. I have rarely had as much as a cold.

animas1, May 6, 7:24am
i have herd of that before and it works for me but partner dont like me after iv eatin them so have more LOL

elliehen, May 6, 7:29am
A well-known New Zealand singer used to take garlic and parsley sandwiches to her music lessons.

timturtle, May 6, 7:50am
Mum used to make cough syrup out of sliced onions and brown sugar, let it weep and take by the teaspoon. Can't remember if it worked or not but we weren't sickly as kids, but it did taste nice. Lol

uli, May 6, 7:55am
http://www.snopes.com/medical/swineflu/onion. asp

b1anca, May 13, 8:31am
I have a cold now and feel miserable, sore throat etc- so I am going to test the onion in a bowl theory and see if it works! Will update the thread!

natalie9, May 13, 9:21am
I have heard that if you have a bad cough at night the half onion next to the bed works a treat. Let us know b1anca how you get on!

karysargent, May 13, 9:42am
i don't know about flu virus's if it's true they can only be spread through actual contact.

but it works a treat on enamel paint fumes. :)

herika, May 13, 9:50pm
Interesting thread

uli, May 13, 11:26pm
Has anyone bothered to read the link?

buzzy110, May 14, 12:18am
I did uli. But getting anyone else to educate themselves is rather difficult so here goes.

"There is nothing magical about onions. They don't act as sponges that soak up viruses or other nasty microbes in their immediate vicinity".


"While this folk belief is an old one, there is precious little reason to place any store in it. No scientific studies back it and common sense rules it out: cold and flu viruses are spread by contact, not by their nasty microbes floating loosely in the air where the mighty onion can supposedly seek out and destroy them".

"... The World Health Organisation recognises onion extracts for providing relief in the treatment of coughs, colds, asthma and bronchitis... ".

buzzy110, Apr 29, 6:10pm
Nevertheless it is a fun thing to know and belief can have a far reaching impact in the treatment of disease and illness.

For instance, my mother bought my wart when I was young. She gave me tuppence and I gave her all 'rights' to my wart. It was gone inside of a week.

A case of mind over matter, eh.

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