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Onions Fight Flu - Wishful Thinking
Wednesday, 21 October 2009

October 21--  The following email is circulating with an "ole timey" tale about onions and flu prevention.  However, the Snopes link below says the remedy is, unfortunately, false. 

> "After readingthis you will think that I have really lost
> it. However, this is a true story.. 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 his family 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 some
> onions!" 


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