Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Magic Vegetables of Life..Our Friend, Mr, Onions

>>> 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:
>>> 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. My friend, Jeanne, is the CEO.
>>> 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 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.
>>> 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.
>>> Please pass this on to all you love and
>>> care about
       I am also working on a blog on "Cucumbers", another Magic Vegetable !

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