Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Note: "virus" is the proper plural spelling of "virus". It's a Latin word of the Third Declension, which is where the Romans stuffed all their "irregular" nouns -- which meant oddball spelling. So what I'm talking about here is killing more than one virus. Keep that in mind.
With my odd fandom connections, I'd heard about this long before Rasty told me the story of the zookeepers and the giraffes, but that tale confirmed what I'd heard. It seems that Rasty was visiting the zoo with his kids one day, and he noticed a zookeeper feeding onions to the giraffes. Being a curious sort, he bothered to ask why. The zookeeper explained that when a creature has a neck over six feet long a sore throat is a serious health problem, so the zookeepers took special care to keep the giraffes from catching colds. Onions? Yes, onions. They'd found that fresh, raw onions in the diet prevent colds. There's something about onions that kills cold virus and keeps the giraffes healthy.
This is interesting, because I'd also heard of some folk remedies for colds that likewise include onions. I'd heard of others that include fresh, raw garlic. I'd also heard of a French doctor who cured gangrene by filling the wounds with shredded, lightly blanched cabbage. On doing a bit of research on cabbage, I learned that fresh, raw cabbage is also good for curing colds. It seems that there's an organic poison in cabbage, fierce enough to kill the mold that causes gangrene and quite capable of killing virus too. The amount of poison in eight cabbages is enough to kill a human being -- if a human were capable of ingesting eight cabbages all at once.
Well, put 'em together and what have ya got? A virus-killer, I do believe. The last time I had a cold I tried chopping up equal amounts of fresh, raw garlic, onion, and cabbage in a blender, and swallowing the odorous throat-stinging mess. It stung my belly for awhile, but when I woke up the next morning, the cold was gone. Guessing I was onto something here, I made a point of eating garlic, onion and cabbage whenever I could. I haven't had a cold since.
I've spread the word to friends, who report similar results. Between me, them, and the giraffes, I think we've got some conclusive evidence that a mixture of (fresh, raw, chopped) onions, garlic, and cabbage creates an effective broad-spectrum virus-killer.
Given the current panic being spread about Ebola and the new virus that paralyzes children, I think we'd best spread this story too.
In fact, I have to wonder why this folk-remedy hasn't been talked about before. I know that the big pharmaceutical industry -- and its lobbyists, and therefore its media-flaks -- hate the very idea of effective medicines found in cheap natural foods, but seriously, shouldn't the medical business be willing to give up a little money to save lives, and maybe stop a spreading panic?
...Unless fanning the panic is the point. So long as the public's attention is absorbed by Ebola and the new entero-virus, it might not focus too closely on the war with ISIL. Having worked in the media a bit, I know how easily their attention can be manipulated, and there are a lot of people who regularly do such manipulation -- usually big industries and governments. Now the latest reports that we've heard about the ISIL problem are solemn pronouncements that the war can't be won without participation by other Arab countries, and lots of "boots on the ground" (i.e. infantry). Just about every "expert" we've seen on the news has claimed that the war can't be won with air-strikes alone.
...But what if it can? As I mentioned in an earlier post, thanks to the development of small disguised spy-drones, it now is possible to identify and locate individual enemy troops -- and then take them out with pin-point bombing by larger and more lethal drones. Don't you think the military would want to keep that fact out of public -- and therefore enemy -- knowledge as long a possible? Well, since the media are manipulable, get them to distract the public (and therefore the enemy) with passing tales of how inadequate air-strikes are and how important and dangerous the two viral plagues are.
Well, goody for them. Keep the foaming Jihadists in the dark until the drones can kill them all -- and for the sake of the public peace, do kill them all -- but there's no need to stampede the public with virus-panic. Since the mainstream media can't be counted on, really, to serve the public good, let's spread this part of the story ourselves, folks.
Equal parts by volume of fresh, raw onion, garlic, and cabbage, eaten twice daily, is an effective broad-spectrum virus-killer. Pass it on.
--Leslie <;)))>< )O(