There is a theory that cancer rates are soaring because the modern diet leads to an acidic system, which in turn leads to inflammation. Cancer can be thought of as inflammation gone nuts.
No, inflammation gone nuts causes arterial problems, heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimers. It is due to high blood glucose and insulin levels, not
alkalinity. High blood glucose and insulin levels both increase cytokine levels (i.e., measures of systemic inflammation in the blood stream) which causes plaque formation. They also cause high triglycerides and cholesterol levels, ironically, not
fat intake in the diet.
On the other hand, cancer cells have 3 to 4 times as many insulin receptors on their surface as regular cells
. A diet high in simple carbs and sugars causes high insulin levels in the blood stream. The insulin causes the higher growth rates of preexisting cancer cells. We have just as many cancer cells as ever, but our body's immune systems just can't keep up with them because our diets cause too much circulating insulin which cause these cancer cells to grow much faster.
Quick summary: humans don't process carbs well. Modern agriculture is a very late development in human history. We're great at processing the stuff humans ate before agriculture, like lots of animal proteins and fats, veggies, fruits, nuts, dairy, etc.
But large amounts of simple carbs - wheat flour, processed starches and sugars - are very hard for humans to process, and all cause glucose spikes in the bloodstream. Glucose spikes cause insulin spikes. Long term high insulin levels and high blood sugar cause inflammation in the blood stream, which in turn cause most of our modern diseases, like high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes associated kidney, eye and nerve damage, and Alzheimers.
So you need to lower your systemic inflammation levels by lowering your blood sugars and insulin levels. You do that by avoiding processed wheat flour and corn starch/syrup, all simple sugars, potatoes, rice, breads, sweets, etc, and increase protein and fat intake
You also might be able to lower inflammation by supplements. Resveratrol and quercetin have a lot of solid evidence as decreasing circulating cytokine levels including tumor necrosis factor and interleukin 6, which are implicated in the inflammation behind diabetes and heart disease. Vitamin D is also very important in the body's response to stress, and the immune response, and diabetes and heart disease, and most Americans are chronically low due to the ridiculous sun/skin cancer scare of the last several decades (i.e., fear of sun exposure causing skin cancer has caused an epidemic of Vitamin D deficiency and far greater morbidity and mortality than anything chronic sun exposure could cause.)
Recent research also suggests that periodic fasting is one of the best ways to control inflammation in the blood stream
. Something about skipping eating for 24 hours really knocks down inflammation/cytokine levels, and causes a surge in human growth hormone.
High blood insulin levels also cause the kidneys to retain sodium, increasing blood pressure, so a low carb diet is also good for hypertension.
Another observation: if high carb diets, i.e., government recommended diets based primarily on grains, cause increased inflammation, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimers, cancer etc, why do governments keep recommending them?
Because governments have stopped believing in God's Providence, and instead believe the State is responsible for each of its dependent citizens. And they see each mouth to feed as a liability, because the State must fill it, as in the eyes of the State there is no God and thus no Divine Providence to provide for the people.
And animal proteins and fats are much more labor, energy, and $$$ intensive calories to produce than those from grains such as wheat and corn, and the latter calories have a much higher profit margin for ADM and Monsanto.
So the State convinces its citizens that empty carb calories from grains are actually better for its citizens than the animal proteins and fats all of us intuitively suspect really are better for us, even while all around us we see the epidemic of diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimers and cancer the carb diet has spawned.
All because of a fear of overpopulation and an inability to feed that population, which comes from the State's atheistic view of man.
"Let them eat cake (and bread, and high fructose corn syrup.)"