I was thumbing through an old Mary Janes Farm magazine this weekend. I know I've said this before that I love this magazine. It is so different from all the other magazines out there.
In it I found an article entitled Fact or Folklore. It told about the 1918 flu pandemic that killed 50-100 million people between 1918-1920. The short article told about a doctor who had visited many farmers who were battling the flu.Then he came upon a household where everyone was very healthy, and he was stumped as to why. The article went on to tell how the doctor asked the family what they were doing different from all of the other families. The wife replied that she had placed a dish of unpeeled onions in each room of the home.Curiously the doctor asked if he could take one of the onions with him to observe under a microscope.Later when the doctor examined the onion he discovered traces of the flu virus in the onion. The onion had absorbed the infection,which kept the family healthy.
I love stories like this. I love simple old fashioned grandma remedies.I know that I am definitely going to put this to the test in our house should one of us get sick.
As a matter of fact I think my daughter in law could go through a bag of onions a week when school starts in the fall.
What an incredible idea to test in a class room.To try it and see if perhaps there would be less illness spread. This would also be a clever science project for a school student.
I'm glad we are finally realizing that food plays a vital part of our wellness,even if it's in a dish on our night table. When did we veer off the path. I can remember my grandmother saying eat this you will feel better ( usually soup).Or telling me when I wanted junk food "you are what you eat". Then one day I guess fast food and package food products entered our world and we decided food couldn't effect our health,or so the commercials said.
Dr Andrew Weil I think has lead the charge.He has been instrumental in guiding medical science toward the realization that food is the most important thing we an do for ourselves,and to ourselves.
I believe we have let convenience lead us right into many harmful illnesses and conditions. I've always believed that God has placed all we need to lead healthy lives, right under our noses. And he has created zillion of foods that can heal as well.But the sad fact is it may never become a popular belief if there is no money to be made,like there is in pharmaceuticals.
But I still believe what Dr Weil said recently, that some day our medicine may well be on our dinner plates.
Oh great now I'm hungry.........now where did I hide those ding dongs.....just kiddin...;)