Entertaining guests on West Lake in Hangzhou in traditional fashion.

Windsurfers practising on Xihu, Hangzhou before the Olympic Games.

Hangzhou-ese relaxing at West Lake on Sunday afternoon.

Traditional boatmen looking for business on Xihu as they have for many centuries.

Early morning on The Bund, Shanghai

A new view of Western Diseases in 2014

Western diseases (or lifestyle diseases) are those characteristic of Western societies, such as US, UK and Europe. They include heart disease, type 1 diabetes mellitus, inflammatory bowel diseases, autoimmune diseases, etc. and a whole range of conditions that are consequences of obesity e.g. varicose veins, hiatus hernia, inguinal hernia, haemorrhoids, etc. This site suggests a new explanation for these common diseases.

In this view – “the autonomic denervation view” – these diseases, largely, result from injuries to autonomic nerves. These are the nerves that control our organs – they are not under our voluntary control. Injuries to these nerves result from simple, day-to-day events such as physical efforts (straining) to achieve defaecation, childbirth, surgery, and direct trauma.

Many womens’ diseases (obstetrics and gynaecology) result from injuries to pelvic nerves including such common and “enigmatic” conditions such as preeclampsia and endometriosis. The first half of a presentation at the RCOG meeting of Retired Fellows & Members on 15 November, 2013 is available <a href=” alt=”" />A short explanation presented at the Retired Fellows meeting, RCOG in November 2013 is available¬†here (Sightseeing in Hangzhou, Shanghai & Wenzhou). The second half (Clinical Matters) is available here. This material is intended for viewing by ¬†gynaecologists and other doctors.

The images in the slider are from Hangzhou and Shanghai where much of the research was undertaken.