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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Important information about ONIONS, BACTERIA, VIRUSES, ETC.

Aryeh sent this. Really interesting, and important. Thanks

Can anyone verify this? If true, it is really amazing.

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. 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.
I  have used an onion which has been left in the fridge, and sometimes I don't use a whole one at one time,
 so save the other half for later.
Now with this info, I have changed my mind....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 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 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 it on to all you love and care.



The Talmud warns that a cut-up onion or a cut-up egg can be stored safely only if the outer peel or shell is left intact.

If the peel is removed, it is dangerous and forbidden to be eaten.

Hannah also concurred, based on the same source:

Believe it or not, this advice (against eating raw onions cut and kept overnight) is in the Talmud.
I remember hearing about it years ago, and didn't know what to make of it.  
(As to finding the source, a hat-tip to "Mordechai Torczyner's WebShas", an extremely interesting page on medicinal / harmful qualities of certain foods - )
"There are five things which [cause the man] who does them to forfeit his life and his blood is upon his own head: Eating  peeled garlic, a peeled onion....
Even though they are deposited in a basket and tied up and sealed, an evil spirit rests upon them. This, however, has been said only where their roots or peel did not remain with them, but if their roots or peel remained with them there can be no objection." (Niddah 17a)
"If someone eats onions, and then wakes up early and dies, there is no need to ask why he died." (Eruvin 29a-b)

On the other hand, Ruth sent this:

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