Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

January 4, 2018

Onions and the Flu

I got the following in an email this morning from one of my sisters. I have no idea if any of it is true.

ONIONS! I had never heard this!!!

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 families 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. 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. Try it and see what happens. We did it last year and we never got the flu.

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 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 it into an empty jar, and place 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. Lots of times when we have stomach problems we don’t know what to blame. Maybe it’s the onions that are to blame. Onions absorb bacteria is the reason they are so good at preventing us from getting colds and flu and is the very reason we shouldn’t eat an onion that has been sitting for a time after it has been cut open.


I had the wonderful privilege of touring Mullins Food Products, Makers of mayonnaise. Questions about food poisoning came up, and I wanted to share what I learned from a chemist.

Ed, who was our tour guide, 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 summer 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.

Also, dogs should never eat onions. Their stomachs cannot metabolize onions.

Please remember it is dangerous to cut an onion 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.


January 15, 2016

File Under “Good To Know” Re: Vitamin C

I know, it’s a mice study, but it isn’t like it’s “news”… (Around here there are lot of people getting sick this time of year… but not everyone.)

Read about the new study here: High C Improves Immune Function

(I have been a fan of high levels of Vitamin C since the 70’s and haven’t regretted a minute of it:-)

October 31, 2011

Should You Get a Flu Shot?

The following is from Cherie Calbom, a juicing ethusiast with a Masters in Nutrition. This isn’t me telling you what you should do. This does, however, give you information that you won’t likely get at your ordinary doctor’s office so that you can make a better informed decision.

Should You Get a Flu Shot?

Recently, a friend told me she was getting a lot of pressure at work to get a flu shot. “Should she get the shot, she asked, “since she can’t afford to get sick with the flu?” My first reaction was “no” based on all I’ve read in the past. She said the new flu shots are supposed to be improved. So I got motivated to look at research to find out if anything had changed for the better. I wanted to know if flu vaccines were any more effective or any less harmful.

Here’s what I learned:

Over 200 viruses cause influenza and influenza-like illness, which produce the same symptoms–fever, headache, aches and pains, cough and runny noses. At best, vaccines might be effective against influenza A and B, which represent only about 10 percent of all circulating viruses. The Cochrane Database Review—which is the gold standard for assessing the scientific evidence for the effectiveness of commonly used medical interventions—has concluded that flu vaccines do not appear to have any measurable benefit either for children, adults, or seniors.1

Do You Want This In Your Body?

Here’s how flu vaccines are made:

The flu strains selected are cultivated in chick embryos for several weeks before being inactivated with formaldehyde, which is a known cancer-causing agent. According to the CDC, the majority of flu vaccines contain thimerosal (mercury). Some contain as much as 25 mcg of mercury per dose. This means that it may contain more than 250 times the Environmental Protection Agency’s safety limit for mercury. But that’s not all; you can also find—

• Aluminum—a neurotoxin that has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
• Triton X-100 — a detergent
• Phenol (carbolic acid)
• Ethylene glycol (antifreeze)
• Betapropiolactone – a disinfectant
• Nonoxynol – used to kill or stop growth of STDs
• Octoxinol 9 – a vaginal spermicide
• Sodium phosphate2

Adverse Reactions to the Flu Vaccine

• Life-threatening allergies to various ingredients
• Guillain-Barre Syndrome (a severe paralytic disease that is fatal in about 1 in 20 cases)
• Encephalitis (brain inflammation)
• Neurological disorders
• Thrombocytopenia (a serious blood disorder)2

A total of 6.1 percent of seniors injected with the regular Fluzone vaccine experienced a serious adverse event including:

• Thrombocytopenia (abnormally low platelet count, which can result in abnormal bleeding)
• Guillain-Barre syndrome
• Myelitis (spinal cord inflammation)
• Optic neuritis (inflammation of the optic nerve)
• Lymphadenopathy (enlarged lymph nodes)
• Facial palsy (Bell’s palsy)
• Paresthesia (numbness/tingling of the skin)
• Itchy skin
• Anaphylaxis (life-threatening whole-body allergic reaction)
• Stevens-Johnson syndrome
• Vasculitis (inflammatory destruction of blood vessels)
• Convulsions, fainting, dizziness1

1 http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/10/17/dangerous-new-ineffective-flu-vaccine-released-for-seniors.aspx?e_cid=20111017_DNL_art_1

2 http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/09/26/Flu-Vaccine-Exposed.aspx

How You Can Prevent The Flu Naturally

• Avoid all sugar including natural sweeteners, if you’re coming down with a cold or the flu. At all times avoid fructose, artificial sweeteners, and processed foods, which usually have added sugar. This also includes fructose from fruit juice, and all types of grains, especially refined flour (as they break down as sugar in your body). Sugar consumption suppresses your immune system and impairs your defenses against all infectious disease.

• Take vitamin D3. There’s a new hypothesis indicating that the widespread prevalence of colds and flu’s may be due to vitamin D deficiency, which is very common in the United States, especially during the winter months.

• Increase your Vitamin C and flavonoids to strengthen your immune system. Juice more vitamin C-rich veggies including kale, collard greens, parsley, turnip greens, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, watercress, and spinach, and add lemon and lime for extra vitamin C and flavonoids.

• Up your intake of raw garlic. Garlic acts as a natural antibiotic. Juice it or chop it up and eat it raw. Make sure you get at least one clove of raw garlic per day.

• Get plenty of sleep. Powerful healing hormones are released while you sleep. Fatigue is the first sign of a distressed immune system.

• Drink at least two glasses of fresh veggie juice per day. Stay healthy and strong by juicing fresh vegetables and lemon or lime. You will greatly increase your antioxidants and build up your immune system while detoxifying your body.

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