Yeah, I Guess You Could Say I Have a Little Incentive to Lose Those Extra Pounds

01.24.2007 | 1:58 pm

A Note From Fatty: It’s not too late to win The Speedy — an extremely cool jersey — from Twin Six. Leave a comment in yesterday’s post and you’re automatically entered. How easy is that?

You know, it’s been a little while since I’ve talked about the Banjo Brothers’ Big Bad Bulky Biker Bodyfat Challenge (B7) — an eight-month long challenge where everyone is betting me they can do better on their weight and fitness goals than I can. For every participant, if they do better, I’ll give them a Fat Cyclist jersey. If I do better, they’ve got to give me something that we agreed upon.

Now, I fully understand that most people who read this blog haven’t entered in on the challenge. On the other hand, a lot of you have entered it, too.

A lot more than I expected to.

So, mostly for my entertainment, here’s the Cliff’s Notes version of what I can potentially win — and potentially lose — with this challenge.

What I Could Lose
Of course, there are always a few dropouts and latecomers, but right now there are 63 people who have made a bet with me and have completed their first time trial. So, suppose I did worse than everyone else who participated in this challenge. I would need to cover the cost of purchasing and shipping 63 jerseys, including a half dozen or so overseas. So, figuring $65 per jersey including average shipping costs, I am exposed to the tune of $4095.00.

Somehow, without meaning to, I seem to have developed a serious gambling problem.

Perhaps not surprisingly, my wife is cooperating with and supporting me in this diet to an heretofore unheard-of degree.

What I Could Will Win
But let’s not dwell on what I could lose. It’s much more fun to think about what I’ll win.

Cuz, you see, I could win a lot. Specifically, I could win a lot of cool stuff. And a lot of weird stuff. And a lot of food.

Here’s what I get if I beat every single person in this contest:

  • DVDs: Season 6 of 24, my choice of a season of whatever show I want from 3 different people, The Tour Baby, Chris Carmichael Training System DVD set,
  • Bike Clothes: AZ Tri Girl jersey (you know, I think I’ll give that to my sister), bike club jerseys from 3 different people, Paris-Brest-Paris 2007 jersey, Vintage USPS team kit, UC Davis Triathlon Team jersey, , University of Kentucky jersey, Twin Six Argyle jersey and matching socks, Tour of Utah King of the Mountain jersey, signed by Neal Shirley and Bob Roll, Twin Six Deluxe jersey, a British jersey, a British Virgin Isles Mountain Bike Club jersey, Oakland Firefighters cycling team kit, a smaller Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup jersey, a replica 1981 Coors Classic Leaders Jersey, a MinusCar T-shirt, a new pair of Pearl Izumi bike shorts. What will I do with all these jerseys, you may fairly ask. I plan to cover my office walls with them, as trophies to my mighty victory.
  • Other Clothes: Smartwool Midweight solid crew t-shirt, Penn State U College of Medicine sweatshirt, allowing me to walk around like I’m a doctor or something, and two t-shirts for my wife from some fancy-schmancy local artisan. I’ll wear the Smartwool shirt, I’ll hang the sweatshirt up with the jersey trophies, and I’ll let my wife decide what she’s going to do with the t-shirts.
  • Gift Certificates to my LBS: Six people have offered me gift certificates worth a total of $410 to either my local bike shop or Performance Cycling. I think I’d rather take all my business to my LBS: Racer’s Cycle Service. 
  • Race entry fees: Next year’s entry fee to the Leadville 100, Nest year’s entry fee into the Triple Bypass. Awesome. I’ve always wanted to try the Triple Bypass.
  • Bike parts: Mary bar and grips, new tires for my SS, KurtKinetics Power Computer, and a White Bros ENO SS freewheel. (I had to look up what most of these are.)
  • ITunes Certificates: A total of four people have offered me a total of $215 toward my iTunes habit.
  • Donations to charities in my name: $50 to, $100 to Amy Gillett Foundation, and $100 to the Tyler Hamilton Foundation. Which makes me wonder: do I get to claim the tax deduction?
  • Food: A whole fresh salmon from Pike Place Fish Market and some chocolate chip cookies (hopefully in separate packages), Two live fresh lobsters, and 15 pounds of Mesquite smoked brisket. After consuming all this, I’ll be all set to launch the 2008 challenge, since I’ll be back up to my old weight. 
  • Shot Bloks: Two people have offered up Clif Shot Bloks, for a total of $125. That’s enough shot blocks for about two seasons, I think. I wonder how well they keep?
  • Stuff I can’t even pretend to categorize: Traditional Chinese Medicine pack and some freshly baked goods, an eTrex Legend GPS, $70 to spend with a night out with my family, a framed original photo of Hinault, and my hotel bill from next year’s Fall Moab. I love the idea of being out on a ride, having someone in the group getting injured, and I whip out my Traditional Chinese Medicine pack. “Wow, that bleeding looks pretty bad. I think what you need is some emergency acupuncture.”
  • Stuff from Australia: A jersey from an out-of-the-way Australian bike shop, kangaroo steaks, vegemite, a stuffed kangaroo toy, Australian chocolate (is Australia known for its chocolate), something cool and Australian, as soon as BigMikeInOz can figure out what it is.

What We’re Trying to Do, Collectively
So, guess how much we’ve collectively set as a weight loss goal.

Nope, more than that.

We are, all told, trying to lose 1895.2 pounds. That’s this close to a ton.

So, on average, we currently weigh about 204 pounds, and we’re — on average, again — trying to lose about 30 pounds, getting down to about 174 by the beginning of August.

If you ask me, we’re pretty darned ambitious. And that’s pretty darned cool.

Just in case you’re wondering, my own goal is just a tiny bit higher than the average: my goal was to go from 179.8 to 148 — a loss of 31.8 pounds.

Biggest Goal
You want to know who’s really made a big goal, though? JamesDemien, that’s who. He’s set a weight loss goal of 80 pounds. That’s 11.4 pounds per month.

Give it up for JamesDemien, folks. That’s an audacious goal, and I hope like crazy that he beats me in this challenge.

Oh, and just in case you were wondering, the smallest goal was made by IronMama, who is trying to lose twelve pounds. The only reason I let her in on the bet is because I found her name — IronMama — extremely intimidating.

So, How’re Things Going So Far?
This grew to be something much bigger than I originally planned on it being. And much, much cooler. I’m on track with my diet, and more focused on doing well than I ever have been before.

More importantly, though, I’m on track with my training. My coach, Robert Lofgran, is giving me great workouts that actually make my time on the trainer / rollers enjoyable. It really helps to have a stated purpose for each workout, instead of just see how long you can tolerate turning the cranks. I feel like I’ve got good progress toward a good base, and have grand visions of having my best cycling year ever.

In other words, anyone who beats me at the B7 challenge is going to have had to earn it.

Today’s weight: 173.2 (Which means my  B7 score is currently 21, for those of you who are keeping track)


  1. Comment by clydesdale | 01.24.2007 | 2:24 pm

    Doh! I shouldn’t have read this… now I’m hungry!!

  2. Comment by barry1021 | 01.24.2007 | 2:24 pm

    An excellent analysis of the B7. Someone somewhere should write an article on the B7 which (ahem) might give some more positive coverage to this blog.
    BTW, If you read my bet post, you will note that if you beat me (HA HA, I am laughing so hard that i am actually losing more weight laughing!), I am sending you the CASH to donate, so that you do indeed, get the tax deduction. How cool is that? Now go eat something fattening, and watch out!! You are building muscle with your training and you know how much muscle weighs. If you are concerned about growing too muscular, there is a test you can do. Remembeer when you were a true fatty cyclist and you went swimming? You floated easily yes? Fill your tub with nice warm water and lie down completely submerged, from your fatty head to your hairy legs to your fatty toes. If you don’t float to the surface within 20 minutes, you are too muscular. I have suggested this test to many people and NOBODY has come back and said it didn’t work. You’re welcome


  3. Comment by Caloi-Rider | 01.24.2007 | 2:36 pm

    I still think you ought to get Jan Ullrich in on this bet–even if the Tour won’t let him ride. He could give you a BMW if he loses!

  4. Comment by DP Cowboy | 01.24.2007 | 2:38 pm

    That framed picture of Hinault spoke to me today prior to my going out for an easy 60 miler in the hills. He said, “Sacre Bleu, fatso, I like it here…get on your bike and ride!”
    Maybe it was the ’special ‘ salad dressing that my gal Sal hit me with last night….

  5. Comment by LanterneRouge | 01.24.2007 | 2:42 pm

    b21, isn’t that also the method to find out if Fatty is a witch? Or made of wood?

  6. Comment by Mrs. Coach | 01.24.2007 | 2:50 pm

    FC, it might be time to ask for a raise. Some of these people are betting some pretty valuable things that I don’t think they’re going to give up very easily.

  7. Comment by Carl | 01.24.2007 | 3:12 pm


    Your training regiment seems pretty detail oriented. Have you considered using a portion of your site for posting your workouts. By that I mean the time, terrain, intensity level, trainer/rollers/mtn bike/roadbike etc. Maybe you could show what your coach has asked of you on each day, and then show where you finished each workout relative to the goal for the workout. Assuming the workouts are as hard and interesting as you have described, others might be interested in seeing how we compare to you.

  8. Comment by Rick S. | 01.24.2007 | 3:31 pm

    When do we get a look at the design for said FC jersey? Will the jersey include your famous chili recipe on the left sleeve and flat bread recipe on the right sleeve?

  9. Comment by Chris | 01.24.2007 | 4:04 pm

    Awesome recap. Nice to know what’s all on the line.
    Are you riding the Triple Bypass this year? I did my first one last year – the wettest one ever. What a blast. I’m in again for 2007 already. Maybe I’ll see you there.

  10. Comment by jitensha jake | 01.24.2007 | 4:23 pm

    Dear Mr. FC:

    Please do not get too agitated about the prospect of losing to everyone, as the resulting stress may have undesirable effects on your well-being (and therefore your TT, Leadville and other results). Weight loss from stress-induced eating disorders is simply not worth it. A sample size of 63 participants is probably large enough to result in a fairly random, possibly more or less bell-shaped distribution of relative success in which case a merely average performance by you will lead to a break-even overall result for you. So take a deep breath, calm down and remember, it’s OK to have that last piece of The Best Cake in the World.

    If you are still reading, keep that mantra in mind — “It’s OK to have that last piece of The Best Cake in the World” or, alternatively, “The Best Cake in the World. MMMM. Good.” — as I am a bit curious about the precise terms of this adventure and I do not wish these questions to inadvertently raise your level of agitation.

    In an earlier posting, there were two statements about which perhaps you could offer some clarification.


    If you do better than me, I will give you a Fat Cyclist jersey (yes, there will be a Fat Cyclist jersey). This offer is good anywhere in the world. Including Turkey, Tayfur. Yes, I’m telling you that if you do better than I do, I’ll give you a ~$70 jersey.


    This current post refers to “$65 per jersey including average shipping costs”, so that the jersey itself is, I am guessing, now a ~$60 jersey. May we assume that any agitation about the propect of losing to everyone (which as I try to explain above really should be avoided, dare I say it, at all costs) has not resulted in some re-positioning of the jersey at stake?


    If you do better than Al Maviva, I will give you a 50% discount on whatever the cost of the Fat Cyclist jersey winds up being. Cuz I’d like to see as many people beat Al Maviva as humanly possible.


    Assuming this was, and remains, part of the adventure — and was not just a sharp poke with the elbow at Mr. Maviva — this has the prospect of throwing the proverbial monkey wrench into the proverbial works. After all, assuming a ~$60 jersey, we could all offer Mr. Maviva an incentive — say $10 each — to be, shall we say, less than diligent in his efforts and still wind up net ahead. While Mr. Maviva does not appear to be someone who could be bought so cheaply, someone just a tad more cynical might suggest that everyone has a price. So was, and is, this truly part of the event?

    Finally, you may wish to consult with your accountant and/or your legal counsel regarding the tax deductibility of any contributions to non-profit organizations that you win. I suspect that IRS-think would require you to offset any claimed deduction by reporting your winnings as income.

  11. Comment by BotchedExperiment | 01.24.2007 | 4:31 pm

    15 pounds of smoked brisket!?!? Wow, I hope you win that; I’m thinking a BBQ at your house and we take turns riding the teeter and eating brisket.

    I am doing amazingly well in the B7 also. I’ve gained 10 pounds since we started and my current score is. . . uh, well somewhere less than 0.

  12. Comment by Lins - Australia | 01.24.2007 | 5:13 pm

    Carl – If FC puts his workouts up on the website then his coach will be giving away his services for free.

    FC – Have you got an escape clause for this B7 bet? What would happen if you break a leg and can’t exercise therefore lose the momentum of your weight loss? Hopefully the punters will consider that “all bets are off” in sympathy for your injury and keep on keeping on with their personal goals.

  13. Comment by LMouse | 01.24.2007 | 5:36 pm

    Hold everything. “flatbread recipe”? Fatty, do you have a recipe you haven’t shared with your adoring fans? A recipe involving bread?

  14. Comment by Argentius | 01.24.2007 | 5:45 pm

    Whatever, mention UC Davis and U of Kentucky but not Portland State.

    I guess I forgive you, since I’m not technically in the challenge.

    Today I weigh 136.5 pounds. I think I’m going to go eat a g-d sandwich. I also ALMOST put out 5 watts / kilo for 20 minutes. That’s not so bad. Carry on, B7′ers! I salute you!

  15. Comment by barry1021 | 01.24.2007 | 6:07 pm

    LanternRouge-FC turned me into a newt!!!
    Jitensha-excellent point about the apparent depreciation in the value of the vaporware FC shirt. Do ya think if he loses, that we we might ultimately receive a Fruit of the Loom Tee with Fatty written in magic marker??

    However you badly mised the boat with this line:
    -While Mr. Maviva does not appear to be someone who could be bought so cheaply-

    I would suggest that Mr. Maviva could indeed be bought more cheaply than $10 per player. Given his competitive nature, not to mention severe multiple personality disorders, I would suggest we would start the bidding with something a bit more suitable–say a wad of congealed monkey spittle, for instance. I think he’d go for it if we put it in a shiny box withy a ribbon.
    And Argentius
    It would in bad taste, even for me, to say I hope your runty little watts-kickin’ frame chokes on your g d sandwich, so I won’t. But it wouldn’t bother me in the least if it resulted in one of those oftmentioned greasy stools…..


  16. Comment by Born4Lycra | 01.24.2007 | 6:35 pm

    As an observer of the B7 and not a participant I note the whole bet has taken an interesting turn following the comment “Perhaps not surprisingly, my wife is cooperating with and supporting me in this diet to an heretofore unheard-of degree”. Add in Mr Lofsgran’s coaching and suddenly now it’s Team Fat Cyclist versus everyone and I’m thinking TeamFC is going to be very hard to beat.

    Another note from the TDU on Sunday here in OZ. A mate from my riding group was innocently talking to the Lotto team after the race about allsorts of things as you do. He left them a bit later the proud owner of a very slightly used very recently raced (it was still warm) Ridley Lotto team bike – I’m afraid I don’t know the specs but I do know he paid Oz$4k for an Oz$11k plus bike. Not a bad Sunday afternoon’s work.

  17. Comment by Token Skinny Guy | 01.24.2007 | 8:12 pm

    So I guess the true measure of whether FC beats everyone in the B7 is whether or not he weighs more than a duck… Oh, by the way Born4Lycra, right about now I extremely dislike your mate!

  18. Comment by KatieA | 01.24.2007 | 8:26 pm

    Born4Lycra – I thought you meant when he walked away with it, they’d given it to him – I was going to follow that team wherever they go if they’re giving away bikes… I somehow don’t think The Boyfriend would be particularly forgiving if I came home and said “guess what!! I just bought a bike for $4K!” That’s a month’s mortgage payment man!

    FC – Australia may not be known for chocolate (say, like Belgium), but darn it, we still have some good ones. Jaffas, Caramello Koalas, Easter Bilbies, little sticks of chocolate coated in rice paper to look like cigarettes… I may even throw some NZ chocolates in there too if you win (HA) – buzz bars, pinky bars, chocolate fish (no, not fish coated on chocolate).

  19. Comment by fatty | 01.24.2007 | 9:29 pm

    clydesdale – you know what i’ve discovered? eat brown rice or grapefruit, don’t get hungry for a couple hours. it’s amazing. i do have to eat high fiber breakfast cereal to counteract the effects of so much brown rice, though.

    barry1021 – actually, i float very well. because i’m a very small rock.

    caloi – i would get jan to participate, but that would be a problem, because you see, i AM jan ullrich.

    dp cowboy – i noticed you said “that framed picture” instead of “my framed picture.” which shows you’re already disassociating from it. it’s as good as mine. thank you in advance.

    lanternerouge – i maintain that i am a very small rock. all appearances to the contrary.

    mrs. coach – hey, aren’t you supposed to be all supportive of me and stuff?

    carl – it wouldn’t be right of me to give away coach lofgran’s product like that. just like i would never give away all the writing i do for free. oh wait.

    rick s – it’s being designed now. i expect to see a first round design soon. i expect everyone to be knocked clean out of their socks when they see it. for reasons i will not yet go into, i have every reason to believe that this is going to be a wildly popular jersey. and sorry, but there will be no more flatbread for the duration, or i will have no prayer of hanging with you at leadville in 7 months.

    chris – not doing the triple bypass this year. hope to do it next year though.

    jitensha jake – the $70 was a guess based on prices i was generally seeing for customied jerseys. i’m happy to report, though, that i got a better jersey at a better price. i just can’t say where from, yet. but i will. and i was serious at the time i wrote the instructions that i’d give anyone who beat al a 50% discount on a jersey. however, that was before this contest got so ginormous. i will in fact honor that statement, but hope that either al really does well, or that lots of people do not hold me to that part of the bargain, cuz that could screw me financially in a pretty big way.

    botched – salmon, brisket, the teeter and whatever else i build between now and august. it’s a plan, my good dr.

    lins – i didn’t have an escape clause. probably should have. i’m not very smart about stuff. notice that this blog is not called “The Realy Clever and Astute Cyclist.”

    lmouse – i’m going to be doing a big food post soon. i’ll include the chili and flatbread recipe.

    argentius – what, it didn’t occur to you that there’d be a followup post about really cool people who just offered to give me stuff? patience, grasshopper.

    born4lycra – so THAT’S what ‘pro deal’ means.

    token skinny guy – I’M A VERY SMALL ROCK.

    katiea – you know what i’ve noticed? everyone has good chocolate. except russia. i have never had such awful chocolate as in russia. just miserable. like chalk. good ice cream, though.

  20. Comment by BIg Mike In Oz | 01.24.2007 | 10:28 pm

    I’m working on a “very special something” from OZ. My main man Robbie McEwen will be racing about 20 miles from my house soon and I’m going to try doing a bit of name dropping (mine) to test his memory, and then grovel like hell to get an autograph (or maybe 2). If worst comes to worst, Henk Vogel’s home is literally line of sight from the university campus where I’m studying so either way I’m hoping for a protour autograph on a cycling artefact.

    Actually I’m not trying at all because my personal trainer has me sweating 23.5 hours a day and if I don’t return a B7 score of 120 without the TT I’ll be very sad indeed. The autograph will be used only if I break a bone and have to forfeit.

  21. Comment by BIg Mike In Oz | 01.24.2007 | 10:31 pm

    Oh, and fatty, don’t worry about what jitensha jake said …

    “you may wish to consult with your accountant and/or your legal counsel regarding the tax deductibility of any contributions to non-profit organizations that you win. I suspect that IRS-think would require you to offset any claimed deduction by reporting your winnings as income”

    Surely, as much as the winnings are income, the outgoing jerseys can be claimed as a loss or as an expense under promotional items.

    REMEMBER: where there’s a will there’s a relative… and a team of lawyers.

  22. Comment by Argentius | 01.24.2007 | 10:33 pm


    Grape gravy!


    (sorry, I had to)

  23. Comment by Rocky | 01.24.2007 | 10:48 pm

    So if you all meet your collective goal, the world will by rid of ten men my size. Impressive. Please pass the gravy. And the butter.

  24. Comment by DOM | 01.25.2007 | 12:54 am

    The challenge would make for an interesting psychology or sociology paper. (Note the oxymoron.) Many participants, myself included, have commented on the incentive/inspiration from the B7 challenge. Many of the postings have been greatly incouraging and supportive. Boosts my opinion of people in general that complete strangers can be so positive. Many of the postings have been a bit edgier, all in good fun, I’m sure. (I’m sure because I haven’t been on the receiving end of the barbs.) If the B7 challangers even come close to our goals, we will have soundly thrashed any other weightloss program I’ve ever heard of. Is it the comradarie, the fear of publicly admitting defeat, the wager, the similarities of the participants, is it the assumption by each of us that we can beat the pants off of the others? Why are so many people so moved by this contest? Even non-participants are playing along like a high school stock market game. It’s late January and our participants have a higher retention rate than most gyms and New Year’s resolvers. FC you are a social icon. Have the blog award winners been announced yet?

    Oh, of course one section of the paper would have to focus on the fact that FC is nuts. $4K on the line?

  25. Comment by Al Maviva | 01.25.2007 | 3:47 am

    “Why are so many people so moved by this contest?”

    Lance doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

    It *is* all about the bike.

  26. Comment by Sprocketboy | 01.25.2007 | 9:20 am

    This is pretty exciting. Don’t forget the specially-personally-autographed Peter Nye book and the novel under the things you might win. Although you probably will not. High-gear training underway now!!!

  27. Comment by Mrs. Coach | 01.25.2007 | 11:08 am

    FC- I am in full support of your success, no one perhaps more than I. I was merely commenting on the fact that you have quite a challenge ahead of you.

    I would do just about anything to get a tried and true flatbread recipe. Sure there are cookbooks, but I like a good reference. Navajo tacos anyone?

  28. Comment by Ironmama | 01.25.2007 | 1:21 pm

    Hey Fatty – It’s not quite fair to point out that I have the least amount to lose in this challenge, because it’s still about 10% of my body weight!

    But I did like that my offer – season 6 of 24 – was the first thing you mentioned you could win. I’m not waiting for the DVD to come out, I’m watching now, and it’s good!

  29. Comment by Born4Lycra | 01.25.2007 | 9:37 pm

    I’m back again and sorry to labour the point but another rider in our group also did well out of the TDU. He picked up 3 Chocolade Jacques (excuse spelling if wrong) helmets at $50 a pop. This was before stage 1. Apparently they were trying out various bits of gear and these were surplus. Another bargain as they were worth approx $500 each. They also threw in the caps!! So I guess anyone attending the Tour of California (I assume it is on soon) should keep their eyes open.

  30. Comment by Born4Lycra | 01.25.2007 | 9:39 pm

    And oops apologies to Mr Lofgran for spelling his name wrong previously. Go Coach!

  31. Comment by xmasnvegas | 01.26.2007 | 5:27 am

    Congrats on being nominated for “The Best-Kept Secret Weblog” at the 2007 bloggies. Let’s vote early and often for our FC.

  32. Comment by nikared | 01.26.2007 | 9:24 am

    I voted! Don’t forget to vote for Jill (long-time Fatty reader/commenter) for Best Sports blog: “Up in Alaska”.

  33. Comment by TempeB | 01.28.2007 | 1:24 pm

    OK, I’m coming in a bit late on this (only discovered Fat Cyclist through the Awards – and, yes, I DID vote), but I’m already on a track for the last month or so. I’ve lost about 10 pounds in the last 2 weeks, and this coming Friday I’m going in to the doc’s for a followup, and I’ll get an “official” weight at that time.

    I’m riding 2 or 3 times a day (mostly 3), sessions of 10-13 minutes each, on the trainer. My stamina is increasing fantastically: just a few months ago, I was gasping after climbing a single flight of stairs. Now I can do it with almost no panting!!

    So, I’m not sure how to get “included” in the challenge, but I want to enter officially if possible.

  34. Comment by tigermouth | 01.30.2007 | 11:56 am

    Fatty wrote, “I love the idea of being out on a ride, having someone in the group getting injured, and I whip out my Traditional Chinese Medicine pack. ‘Wow, that bleeding looks pretty bad. I think what you need is some emergency acupuncture.’”

    What a joker. Of course you wouldn’t use acupuncture for this type of injury. But the TCM Patch Kit does have something you could use: Yunan Paiyao, the best all-around formula to stop bleeding and prevent infection.

    Here’s what A Tooth from the Tiger’s Mouth has to say about it.

    With any open wound, it is important to first stop the bleeding by direct pressure, then apply herbal remedies like yunnan paiyao (chapter 8). In small wounds or puncture wounds where there is no danger of excessive blood loss, let the wound bleed for a minute to clean out any dirt or bacteria that may have gotten inside. Next clean the wound thoroughly. Soap and water are the most effective means of cleaning wounds, followed by irrigation with hydrogen peroxide. Make sure any dirt, gravel, or splinters are removed from the wound. Any extensive loss of blood should be treated immediately by a physician. See chapter 8 for a more detailed discussion of treating open wounds.

    First Aid
    1. Stop the bleeding.
    2. Clean the wound.
    3. Apply yunnan paiyao as a powder until the bleeding stops. Take a capful of the powder or 2-3 capsules orally with water to prevent infection and help stop the bleeding.
    4. Once the bleeding is stopped, mix yunnan paiyao with your own saliva to make a paste, cover the wound with the paste, and then apply a bandage. Clean and reapply the paste twice a day until the wound is healed.
    5. If there are extensive lacerations, simply sprinkle yunnan paiyao powder over the area and cover with a dressing.

    Follow-up Treatment
    When the scar is still active (red and tender), make a paste with your saliva and pure pearl powder (chapter 8) and apply to the scar 2-3 times a day. Alternatively, the pearl powder

    • Until the wound is closed, avoid spicy foods.
    • Avoid fatty, deep-fried foods.

  35. Comment by tigermouth | 01.30.2007 | 11:58 am

    Why did the numeral 8, followed by a close parenthesis get turned into little smiley faces wearing sunglasses in my last post? 8)

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