posted on Sep, 7 2010 @ 11:47 AM
Originally posted by Mirthful Me
Originally posted by naeem11111
Being very small, viruses can only be seen with the aid of an electron microscope, which wasn't
invented until 1931.
I don't know the veracity of the claims made with regard to the farmer's story but i feel duty bound to point out some errors in your post. Nowhere
in the story was it stated that the farmer 'saw' a virus. Please look again:
"The doctor couldn't believe it and asked if he could have one of the onions and place it under the microscope. She obliged and when he tested it,
he found that the onion was riddled with flu virus."
It may be true that a single 'semi-lifeform' virus may not be viewable without an electron microscope. But nowhere does the statement say one was
seen. The effects of a virus on an organism as implied here can be seen without an electron microscope. Not only that but I would imagine that a
culture of a couple of billion or so of them would be visible under a microscope.
Back on topic.
Right in the middle of the flu scare last winter I came down with a nasty cold or something. It was unlike any cold or flu I'd had before, it was
real nasty. I tried the onion thing with half an onion in each corner of the room since the first day of sniffles. I did at first feel that there was
some kind of benefit, however after putting new onions down every day my condition worsened. They suspected swine flu but as I was never tested and
they refused to do anything more than put my antibiotics through the letter boxI never knew for sure. Anyway...
I delayed taking the antibiotics, and after some research I carved out a teaspoon sized part of an onion and filled the hole with sugar. After an hour
or so the sugar had dissolved in what I can only describe as 'onion juice'. I scooped it out and drank it. I did this several times a day, within 12
hours of the first spoonful I began to feel the benefit. In the end I never took the antibiotics and it took me about a further four days to feel
Additionally after asking around it appears it was common practice in both my parents families to use onions for curative and preventative purposes,
and these families were from opposite ends of the British Isles.
Not all 'old wives tales' are bunkum, and when practices and rituals are still in use after thousands of years you have to take what they are
implying seriously. I think much more research is required before any definitive answer can be given in this area.
[edit on 7-9-2010 by spookfish]