This was sent to me in an e-mail laugh if you like but we now have onions under the beds, under the couch and in a basket in the kitchen. Since my husband has recently been supervising the remodeling of two hospitals where people have come in frequently with the swine flu all I can say is knock on wood we have been fine.
In 1919 when the flu killed up to 50 million people worldwide there was said to be a Doctor that
visited many farmers to see if he could help them combat the flu. Many of the farmers and their
families were dying from it. The Doctor was quite surprised when he came upon one family and to his surprise everyone was very healthy. The Doctor asked the farmer what he could be doing differently his 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 story goes the Doctor couldn't believe it and asked if he could have one of the onions so he could place it under a microscope. She gave him one and when he did so he did find the flu virus in the onion! It had obviously absorbed the bacteria keeping the family healthy.
The E-Mail also claimed a hairdresser in Arizona said that several years ago many when people were coming down with the flu she placed several bowls with onions around the shop and to her surprise none of her staff got sick.
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. Try it and see what happens the E-Mail claims they used this last year and never got ill. 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 milder case. What have you got to lose a few bucks on onions!!!!
It also had a P.S. which said an individual responded with an interesting experience. They had pneumonia and came across an article that said to cut both ends off an onion put one end on a fork and place the forked end into an empty jar and place the jar by the bedside. The article claimed the onion would be black in the morning with germs and went on to say sure enough it happened just like that the onion was a mess and she began to feel better.
Another thing according to the article was onions and garlic placed around the room was said to have saved people from the black plague years ago. They are supposed to have powerful antibacterial; antiseptic properties.
So there you have it old wives tale maybe but who knows?? I will assume you already know one of the very best things you can do is frequent hand washing. Lastly I just did a google search and lo and behold is this very timely article as well as the video I posted above that emphasize the importance of eating right and includes the use of onions!