Apples and Pectin

Please forgive the lapse between posts. My husband is the one who normally writes these for me. Then I copy and paste them here, but he has been working so hard lately, and been so exhausted that he hasn’t had the energy to even think about it. So I decided I would do this one. My smoothie recipe will follow.

While researching the possible foods that fight cancer we have read a lot about unsweet apricot seeds, but have found nothing to confirm its benefits. Supposedly it cures every kind of cancer. The word “cures” already sends up red flags for me. They are illegal to sell in this country anyway. However, Tom read somewhere that apple seeds have the same benefit that unsweet apricot seeds do. We don’t know for sure if they will help, but we figure they can’t hurt. So they go in my smoothies along with everything else.

We always use fresh fruit when it is available, frozen, unsweetened when not in season. We cut up papaya and pineapple into 1-inch chunks per blender instructions, then pack them in raw local honey in pint jars. They will keep for six days without refrigeration.

I wash the apples and grapes before putting them in. No need to wash the papaya since we peel it anyway. We also dry the papaya seeds, which I add to salads and yogurt. If you eat yogurt (which has live good bacteria for digestion) I use the Dannon Oikos Greek yogurt sweetened with Stevia, a natural sweetener.

Aleta’s Smoothie Recipe

1 pint pineapple, cut in small chunks

1 pint papaya, cut up in small chunks

1 apple, washed and cut up in small pieces, with the seeds

1 banana, sliced

10-12 black or purple grapes, preferably with seeds, but seedless will do

I use the grind setting first. The honey the fruit was packed in may provide enough liquid to start with, but if not a little 100% juice (apple or grape) may be added. Once the fruit is ground up I use the smoothie setting and add more juice so it isn’t too thick to drink.

Makes 2 Oster smoothie cups and one 8-oz cup, or approximately 48 ounces.


Enzyme Research

My husband, Tom, wrote this article and wanted me to copy and paste it here.
I want to start sharing some of the research I have been doing on how to fight cancer naturally. I will start by saying that I have focused my research to the area of enzyme therapy. I will focus on 1 fruit at a time. Today I will focus on apples. The following research comes from “Base Line of Health Foundation”.
Apples contain a high level of a complex carbohydrate called pectin.

Digestive disorders
Apple pectin’s primary medicinal use is as a natural remedy for digestive disorders. It is also used to help treat colitis, irritable bowel disease, and other related digestive disorders.

Heart health
In studies of apple pectin, it has been shown that it may help lower total cholesterol levels and triglyceride levels.

Cancer fighter
Another interesting study of apple pectin confirms yet one more reason why it pays to eat your fruits and vegetables. As it turns out, the pectin protects against cancer. While apple pectin benefits have been known for some time, this particular study sheds light on how pectin works specifically in fighting cancer cells. A research team at the Institute of Food Research in Norwich, England, discovered that a substance in pectin binds to a tumor-producing protein called galectin 3. Galectin 3 allows cancer cells to detach from tumors and to reattach elsewhere, and so it’s a major factor in the spread of cancer. But pectin blocks the activity of galectin 3 and, in so doing, may prevent the progression of cancer within the body.

A research team at the University of Georgia found that pectin destroyed up to 40 percent of prostate cancer cells upon exposure, while other studies revealed that pectin helps in fighting lung and colon cancers. And in fact, apple pectin was used after Chernobyl to extract radioactive waste from victims.
This information, and a lot more, can be found at “

Personal note. My reason for eating apples is to try to keep the cancer from spreading to other parts of the body

Cancer: Installment #2

Today is Wednesday.  My oncologist’s office called Monday evening and said my appointment had been moved from March 20 to Tuesday morning, March 12. Yay! I get more information sooner than expected.

Dr. Boatright looked over the oncology report from the biopsy and went into more detail with us. (My husband now goes to all of my appointments with me. I am so thankful for his support, encouragement, and taking stress off of me.)

After answering some questions we determined that I have probably had this cancer for about twenty years, maybe a few more. It wasn’t until after I intentionally lost thirty pounds last summer that I began to notice the lumps in my neck and collarbone areas. This may have been due to extra fat covering them up.

The doctor said there were several options available. Of course chemo and radiation were the first mentioned.  He said the decision was up to us but as this is a slow-moving cancer, we should just keep up with the natural solutions we are trying. We agreed.

My husband, Tom, read a lot online about the value of enzymes in the body. Then he went out and bought some apples, a papaya, and a pineapple. This morning I had a smoothie of fresh papaya, grapes (with the seeds), blueberries, yogurt, and grapejuice. I ate four papaya enzyme tablets, drank my smoothie, and took some acidophilus. One of the side effects of all of this fresh fruit (for me anyway) is yeast infections. I need the yogurt and acidophilus to fight the yeast (candida). This comes from my battle many years ago with recurring yeast infections. My female doctor at the time told me to purchase a book called “The Yeast Connection.” It was quite an eye-opener for me.

At lunch I had an apple and took my green tea extract and grapeseed extract. I bought them at the local health food store. They also help break down the proteins in the pancreas, according to what we have read online.

The apple produces something called pectin, an enzyme that, according to information online at Baseline of Health Foundation (, slows the spread of cancer.