This blog is called the Thinking Christian. I receive a lot of emails forwarded on to me from Christians that promote complete nonsense and/or dangerous misinformation. I thought I would mention some of these on this blog in the hope that I encourage these Christians to think before passing the stuff on. If some Christians are duped by this stuff, I wonder what else they might gullibly adopt, including claims about religion, the Bible, or anything else!
The most recent one I received was entitled Know Your Onions. Here is just part what it said about onions:
In 1919, when the flu killed 40 million people, a certain doctor visited many farmers to help them combat the flu. Many of the farmers and their family had contracted it and many died.
The doctor came upon this one farm household where, 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 and, therefore, kept the family healthy.
Now, I heard this story from my hairdresser in Arizona. 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 onions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Now, this is all complete nonsense. You can read about the problems with this information by clicking here. The danger in spreading this sort of information is that people will try to avoid taking appropriate and necessary steps to avoid things like the H1N1 virus and end up potentially dying!
So I appeal to all Christians — think about what you believe and promote to others. If you don’t, you may be responsible for irreversibly harming them physically, emotionally, or spiritually.