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Posted: 04 Feb 2008, 22:11
Like the cars we're racing and the cars we drive every day, so are our bodies. Gas goes in our cars. Our engines run, some faster some slower some get better gas mileage, some last forever some have every little thing go wrong with them. Many, many countless parts in our cars all come together for a smooth drive or gee, at least to get us from point A to point B. The steering wheel, the spark plugs, the wipers the brakes the.....list goes on and on and on. Just as our bodies work like engines. You could say our eyes are like the cars headlights or windshield? Hmmm. Ok, so here is this weeks point challenge. Like the race cars, we are all here for better health. Each team racer can submit one entry/post telling us "What part of the car (engine or body) is similar to our human body. Describe how the parts are similar and how they are different, and what would happen if it were neglected or treated poorly.
Be creative.
One submission per racer. 2 team points for each racers submission.
If you attach a link to a news or health story further explaining your point, 3 points will be rewarded to your team.
There will be a new post for this point challenge to not make this thread a million posts long or confusing.
Here is the link to the new Team Lap Point Auto/Body Challenge
"Nothing taste as good as thin feels"


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Posted: 05 Feb 2008, 06:07
The Indy car chassis is designed to produce maximum downforce, while at the same time minimizing drag. Downforce produced by the front and rear wings and the underbody, allow maximum speeds through the corners. To accomplish this the top of the car is designed to slice through the air, while the underbody is shaped to create an area of low pressure between the underbody and the track. The underbody is of major importance in the aerodynamic setup of the car.

Since I am now a race car driver for the White Corvettes, I am trying hard to reconfigure my underbody, which I will consider my belly. My race car has been dragging a bit because my belly is still a little too big for my race car. That is definitely my problem area but I am happy to say it is shrinking every week and my race car is picking up speed.

Although our body and our cars are physically different, we all know they are similar in the fact that we must take care of both or they will eventually start breaking down and need constant repairs. If neglected, not only will they need repairs, but their lifespan will be shortened.

Heart disease runs in my family. My father died at age 42 of a heart attack and my mother was recently diagnosed with blocked arteries and diastolic heart dysfunction. She is 75. Belly fat is a BIG risk factor for heart disease, diabetes, and other health problems. I am keenly aware of the changes I need to make if I want to live a long healthy life. SBD has helped me see the healthy way of eating and I have added exercise back to my life. I am on my way!

Here's a good article that will explain the risk of belly fat:

Love this new challenge as it reminds me why I am here. Not only to look and feel better, but to LIVE LONGER. My sister and best friend CherBru has joined me on this adventure. I want her to be with me into my golden years having all the fun we have joked about for years.

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Posted: 05 Feb 2008, 07:01
Jaguar cars have a long history of elegant styling and sporting performance. The brand was born in the United Kingdom, and for years, its vehicles were synonymous with the old-world luxury of the British upper classes. Even though the marque is now owned by Ford, Jaguar cars still bear the unmistakable gleam of traditional English refinement.

The company traces its roots to the Swallow Sidecar Company, founded in 1922 by Bill Lyons and William Walmsley. Based in Blackpool, England, the company produced a popular line of aluminum motorcycle sidecars. Swallow eventually switched its focus to automobile production, changing its name to SS Cars Ltd. in 1933. The first vehicle to carry the Jaguar name was the SS Jaguar 100, released in 1935.

After World War II, SS Cars switched its moniker to Jaguar so as not to be associated with the Nazi paramilitary organization that bore the same initials. Its first postwar offering was 1948's Mark V. The luxury sedan was joined that year by the XK 120, a sports car that was the fastest production automobile of its day — its name was derived from its top speed. The XK 120 proved quite popular, and helped Jaguar establish a strong presence in the sports car market.

The 1960s saw the launch of one of Jaguar's most well-known models. The E-type coupe, or XK-E as it was known in the U.S., blended performance and refinement, wrapped in a sexy package. The success of groups like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones and icons like Twiggy, the fashion model, made British culture a hot commodity during the '60s — a fact that had positive implications for Jaguar's popularity in the U.S.

A decade later, Jaguar introduced the XJ6C and XJ12C coupes, as well as the XJ-S. A new V12 was put in the XJ12, making it the fastest production sedan of its day. The 1980s saw Jaguar continuing to raise the bar in performance with the launch of the XJ-S HE and a true world supercar, the XJ220. By this time, however, Jaguar also faced increased competition from German automakers and adverse exchange rates. The company's managers decided to recognize the potential value of a partnership with another company. This decision ultimately led to a full buyout of Jaguar by Ford in 1990.

Ford's influence (and financial support) was evident with the 1997 launch of Jaguar's XK8 and supercharged XKR sports cars. Powering both was Jaguar's new AJ-V8, a compact yet powerful engine that was also used in certain Land Rover vehicles. In recent years, Jaguar has made an effort to broaden its product line with the introduction of lower-priced, entry-luxury vehicles. Today, the marque is known for offering cars that boast distinctive styling, sporting performance and luxurious interiors.

Like a Well made Jaguar inside and out it needs to be looked after well oiled, fuelled and looking its best.!
I too wanna look my best and cant do that without fuel (food) and oil(water).
This is where I fall short of the mark I dont drink enough therefore I am not making the most of my machine!(body)

Found this article on water and how important it really is and this alone has made me think again and how I MUST start drinking more

pH balance in the Human body...

About pH and Dis-ease

"A Completely Different Approach Took Me From

Being Sick All The Time to the Picture of Health In

Only A Few Weeks -

And I'm Convinced YOU Can Copy What I'm Doing,

Once You Understand It"

Please take a minute from your busy schedule and read this letter...I promise you will not regret


"Your disease is in perfect harmony with your body" these were the words I overheard from one

of the visitors at a health convention I attended almost two years ago.

The man was a tall, attractive gentlemen. He remind me of Anthony Robbins somewhat, full of

energy, vitality, and stamina. There was some kind of radiance glowing through him.

I felt that something unusual was about to happen and I decided to stick around.

He was talking to a woman who obviously suffered from many health problems.

She had a box of medication that she carried with her everywhere and you could tell

she was constantly sick. The conversation continued...

"Your internal terrain is dirty" he said.

Woman looked at him with an ambiguous look on her face.

"What do you mean?" she replied.

"Your internal terrain - inside your body is filled with toxins and acidic wastes and

that's why you're sick all the time. Clean up your diet and you'll get rid of many health

problems you are experiencing," was his response.

The woman continued to looked at him like he was talking to her in a foreign language,

but I heard enough.

"The secret to healthy living was revealed -

one that only a few people understand or use"

I went home and began to do research on the things that the man at the show was

talking about. What I discovered made me fully understand the truth of his statement.

I learned that the "internal terrain" that he referred to was in fact the Acid / Alkaline or

"pH level" of our body.

"When your body's pH is off, your health is off"

When your body's pH is off it creates an internal environment for bacteria, viruses, and

other diseases to grow and thrive.

Because this happens at the cellular level... when the pH level in your body is off,

almost every area of the body can be affected:

· Nervous system--depression

· Cardiovascular system--heart disease

· Muscle--fatigue, joint pains, aches, pains

· Skin--aging, acnes, rashes, etc.

· Even obesity is a sign of imbalanced pH, a normal body response which

protects vital organs from damaging acids and their effects.

· Name any condition from Alzheimer's to Thyroid problems and what does the

preponderance have in common... you guessed it - out of pH balance.

At that point I've just scratched the surface of the pH imbalance problem.

I continued to research tons of books to get everything I could on this mysterious pH

balance concept.

And here is what I discovered.

The pH balance or acid-alkaline theory is not new. In his book A New Health Era,

published in 1933, Dr. William Howard Hay determined that all disease is caused by

acid accumulation in the body.

Acid-alkaline balance is now witnessing a resurfacing in popularity, especially in light

of new research that validates its main tenets:

First that factors such as diet and lifestyle habits contribute greatly to an overly acidic


And second,

That an overly acidic system is a breeding ground for disease. Signs and symptoms of

an acidic body include acid reflux, weight gain, diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome

(IBS), cardiovascular damage, including the constriction of blood vessels and the

reduction of oxygen, premature aging, bladder and kidney conditions, including kidney

stones, immune deficiency, acceleration of free radical damage, possibly contributing

to cancerous mutations, joint pains, aching muscles and lactic acid buildups. Low

energy and chronic fatigue, headaches, sinus problems, irritability, colds and flu are

other symptoms of an overly acidic body.

Today acid-alkaline balance has assumed a prominent status among complementary and

alternative medicine approaches.

The increasing use of biological terrain assessment, acid test, and functional medicine techniques

attest to the emphasis placed on acid/alkaline by many complementary and alternative medicine


Now let's talk a little bit about what is pH balance and why you need to keep it in check?

Commonly referred to as "pH" (potential for hydrogen), the acid/alkaline ranges from 0 to 14

with 7 as neutral. The lower end of the scale (below 7) is acid and above 7 is alkaline. It's easy to

test with special pH test strips, but make sure you get the right kind.

Acid/Alkaline balance is extremely important to normal physiology. For example, the blood will

maintain a slightly alkaline range of 7.35 to 7.45.

Extended pH imbalance of any kind is not well tolerated by the body. The management of the pH

factor is so important that the body's primary regulatory systems (especially breathing,

circulation, elimination) closely regulate acid-alkaline balance in every cell and system.

I'll try to explain the acid-alkaline balance in more commonly used words rather than medical

terminology. To those who already know about acid-alkaline balance you can skip this section

and pick up your reading few paragraphs down. To those who are new to the acid-alkaline

balance please keep reading.

To better understand the importance of pH on normal body functions you need to look at the

earlier work of the great French physiologist Claude Bernard.

Claude Bernard more than 100 years ago pointed out the importance of organisms of a constant

"milieu interieur" (internal environment).

Bernard made a critical observation on the constancy of the internal environment. "It's the fixity

of the milieu interieur which is the condition of free and independent life, all the vital

mechanisms, however varied they may be, have only one object that of preserving constant the

conditions of life in the internal environment".

His work continued in the 20th century, when great American physiologist Walter Cannon

referred to the maintenance of constant conditions in the body as homeostasis.

Homeostasis is a maintenance of an internal state that is distinct for the external environment and

is defended against disturbance. In this homeostasis our body has to maintain many constant


They are:

- The body temperature (98.6 F)

- Acidity and alkalinity of bodily fluids (pH 7.4)

- Blood glucose

- Oxygen and carbon dioxide concentrations

- Water potential

- The chemical concentrations dissolved in body fluids

- The amount of bodily fluids

- The amount of blood

All these constant conditions are vital to our health.

pH balance of your body is the most commonly overlooked condition but it's the most important

one if you want to get rid of illnesses, sicknesses, viruses, and bacteria and as the result, improve

your health.

pH balance is so important, in fact...

"All the body's regulatory mechanisms ( including breathing,

circulation, digestion, and hormone production ) work to balance

the delicate internal acid-alkaline balance"

And that's just the beginning...

Our blood is alkaline. The tissues that make up our body are normally alkaline. The urine is

generally acid but may be neutral or even alkaline.

In order for you to better understand what is meant by an alkaline condition and an acid

condition, understand this...

Vinegar is an acid and lye is an alkali. The first one is acid in reaction, the second alkaline. They

are directly opposite in character. If just the right proportion of these two products are brought

together, a substance will result that is neither acid nor alkaline. Such a compound is said to be


As the acid substances increase in the body the alkalinity decreases.

Long before the tissues approach the neutral point illness makes its appearance.

"Should the blood or the tissue of the body as a whole become acid

only to the slightest degree, death would soon follow"

By now, you probably have some unanswered questions...

But wait...Don't skim through just yet.

I'll try to answer them all as you go along. Be patient and keep reading.

"The Burning or Oxidizing of Foods Leaves Ash Residue"

Now let me explain how acid is produced in the body in the first place.

When foods are metabolized the end product is always acid.


Because of the elements that food is made of. When these elements digest in the body they leave

acid residue or the end product of the digestive process (see example of chemical reaction


Every food you eat is made up of carbohydrates, fat, and protein.

It gets a little scientific here but stay with me : )

When foods are metabolized, carbohydrates, proteins, and fats produce weak and strong acids.

Protein produces sulfuric acid and phosphoric acid. Carbohydrates and fats produce acetic acid

and lactic acid.

Weak acid is an acid that does not fully ionize in a solution. Phosphoric acid, acetic acid,

hydrofluoric acid are some of the examples of weak acids. Weak acids are mostly plant origin

(vegetable proteins and carbohydrates). Weak acids are easy for the body to eliminate, because

once they have been oxidized they are eliminated from the lungs through breath moisture as

carbon dioxide and through kidneys. If the body needs to increase the elimination of weak acids

it does so by increasing the respiration rate, unlike the elimination strong acids.

Strong acid is an acidic compound which ionizes completely in water solution. Strong acids

come mainly from animal protein. Hydrochloric acid, hydrotropic acid, nitric acid, and sulfuric

acid are examples of strong acids. One of the characteristics of strong acid is its resistance to

combine with other substances and therefore are much more difficult to eliminate from the body.

Their elimination from the body is performed by the liver and kidneys. But before they can be

eliminated they have to go through the neutralization process, a task performed by the liver and

kidneys. Neutralization is a chemical reaction in which an acid and an alkali react and produce

salt and water. Neutralization is exothermic, meaning it produces heat.

Strong acids are neutralized by the alkaline minerals stored in the body. When these alkaline

minerals combine with acid, they create substances that are no longer poisonous and can be

safely eliminated. Most generally, the following occurs:

Acid + Base (Alkali) = Salt + Water +Heat

The family of alkaline mineral compounds that neutralize acids are the carbonic salts,

symbolized as BaCO3, where Ba stands for any of the alkaline elements, which are calcium (Ca),

potassium (K), magnesium (Mg) and sodium (Na). When carbonic salts meet with strong acids

such as sulfuric acid, hydrochloric acid, trichloro acetic acid, and lactic acid, the alkaline

minerals making up the carbonic salt leave the salt and combine with the acids to make new

salts, water and heat. The new salts can be eliminated easily by the body through the kidneys and

large intestine and water can be used by the cells to keep fit.

The result of this change from acid to neutral salt reduces the concentration of alkaline minerals

such as Na, Ca, Mg and K in the body. This lowered concentration of alkaline elements is

referred to as an "acidic condition" of the body. In order for us to stay healthy, our body fluid

must be kept at the alkaline level (pH 7.4). You must re-supply the lost alkaline elements through

the foods you eat. This means concentrating on the alkaline-forming foods – foods that produce

Ca, Na, K and Mg in the body. Iron (Fe) is also alkaline-forming. Other foods produce acidforming

elements: sulfur (S), phosphorus (P), chlorine (Cl) and iodine (I). These are the elements

that need to be neutralized by the body before elimination.

"The body is also equipped with a mechanism

for balancing its pH"

Normally our kidneys, lungs, and liver can eliminate excess acid from our body by the means of

their normal functions...

But here is the problem...

There is so much excess acid in the body that these organs get overworked and break down.

As the result they are not able to eliminate the waste as fast as they could, making the acid waste

accumulate in the body even more.

I see a question coming...

"How do you make your body alkaline?"

Well, the main reason lays in the way you eat.

Through a properly balanced diet, the acidification of the body can, to a large degree, be

prevented or regulated.

When you eat so much acid-forming foods, the body's ability to clear all that acid out is greatly


Imagine your car for example...

When you put gas in and change oil regularly, your car serves you well. It runs well and it takes

you from place to place without breaking down on you all the time.

But try to put some debris in your gas tank and try not to change car oil for tens of thousands of

miles. At first your car's engine will run fine, because it has a built-in capacity to handle some of

the bad stuff. But what do you think is going to happen later? Do you think at some point your

car will stall on you at the time when you need it most?

Think of your body like your car. As you continue to put junk in it, it will try to balance things to

normal. It will try to eliminate all that acid waste through the kidneys, liver and lungs. But how

long do you think this process can continue?

"How long will it take for your organs to get so overloaded with

waste, poisons, and toxins until your body starts

showing symptoms?"

There are many factors but one thing is certain - they will appear.

Symptoms are the body's signs that acid waste is out of control. And it has to physically come

out of the body as a sign of a cold, a flu, disease or a virus.

"And you are the one who pollutes your own body.

Isn't it sad?"

Nobody is forcing you to eat bad foods. It's the choice you make.

The American (and many other countries) diet is far too high in acid-forming products, like

meat, eggs, and dairy, and far too low in alkaline-forming products, like fresh vegetables, fruits,

nuts, seeds, sprouts, and water. We literally eat ourselves into bad health.

You eat refined sugar and flour, white bread, foods that not only lack any minerals, vitamins and

nutrients, they are also very acidic.

According to the USDA dietary sugar data, you're eating 30 percent more sugar than you did in

1983 and about twice as much as what the USDA recommends.

Additionally you drink beverages, like coffee, sodas, alcohol, and processed juices that give us

acid reflux and heartburn.

Since the 1980's the consumption of carbonated soda drinks has increased by 47 percent. It's

estimated that each person consumes 14.5 ounces of regular soft drinks per day!

"That's unspeakable. You're not only eating yourself to death,

you're also drinking yourself to death too!"

Here's a shocker...

Each 12-ounce can of soda pop contains between 10 and 12 teaspoons of sugar.

We use too many drugs, which are very acidic. We use artificial sweeteners like NutraSweet©

and Equal© and you eat foods packed with preservatives and chemical additives.

I can go on and on - but you know it...

Look at the typical American's meal in any given day, and you'll see why we are an acidic

nation. No wonder our physical condition collapses, day by day.

Our bodies basically fall apart over the course of our diet.

"What's wrong with your diet?"

Our diet should make us feel strong and healthy?

But does it?

Not really.

You get tired.

You get headaches.

Your liver starts to fill up with so much waste that it's makes us ill.

Your blood sugar skyrockets.

Your cholesterol goes off the chart.

Your blood pressure becomes completely unmanageable.

Do I hear you saying "Stop"

Ok I'll lay off.

And what do you do then?

Do you truthfully admit to yourself that you ate yourself into sickness, illnesses, viruses, and

disease that you are currently experiencing?

Do you then look at your diet and decide what you need to change?

Maybe, Maybe Not.

Do you pop a pill or two to subside the pain and keep on going with your regular acidic lifestyle?

by Dr. McCarley

Iknow its long and not quite 'bodypart' but his is my struggle point not a specific part of me but still relevant to the mini challenge i think lol

And another article follow the link below very informative!

importances of water in the Human body
Nothing Tastes as Good as Thin Feels.......


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Posted: 05 Feb 2008, 07:04
The digestive system is the engine of the human body. Digesting our food is like the fuel filtering, fuel injection and fuel combustion of a car engine. Both car engines and digestive systems need to be fine tuned periodically to clean out the dirt and accumulations that degrade their power production and efficiency.

Your digestive system is as important to you as an engine is to a car. A car with no engine is a dead car. The only way to operate a car is to provide a proper functional engine to it. The engine takes fuel and converts it to energy and passes this energy to every other part of the car to make the other parts operational. Therefore, all the other parts of the car will operate efficiently if the engine works properly.

When a car engine is in serious trouble, like when you’ve put the incorrect fuel in your car (oh I used to do that all the time), the exhaust fumes turn bluish grey and your car becomes less efficient, sluggish and sometimes gives up altogether and in the same way when a digestive system is in serious trouble, the result is also seen in the “exhaust” in the form of constipation or diarrhea and you become listless, drained and exhausted.

The digestive system must work well in order for the body to have access to its full potential power, energy and health. If someone wants to immediately feel increased energy, a good place to start is by giving your body what it needs in the form of healthy, nutrient rich foods to help it work to its full potential.

Good Digestion Explaination (I warn you tho, he's actually very annoying in an odd sort of way!)
The Digestive System and how it works
How a Car Engine Works

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Posted: 05 Feb 2008, 08:04
Of all the many systems and individual parts it takes to make a car, some might argue that the fuel system is the most important because it supplies the food for the engine. Others might say it is the carburetor because it provides the air that allows the fuel to burn. Still others might say that the frame is the most important because it protects the passengers from injury in the event of a collision.
But one of the most overlooked and positively fundamental parts of a car are its tires! That is where car meets the road. 200 horses of engine power are useless with a flat tire! Advanced ABS breaking systems are pointless if the tires are bald and provide no traction. And yet we so often overlook the tires on our cars. We fail to take care of them by checking for wear and making sure they are inflated properly.
Compare your body to a car and what would your “tires” be? Your feet, of course! That is where body meets the road. It doesn’t matter how fast we can run if our feet are injured. It doesn’t matter how tall we are if we can’t stand up. And yet we so often overlook our feet. We often fail to provide our feet with quality shoes for support or we torture them with 4 inch high heels or shoes that don’t fit properly.
Just think of all the things you wouldn’t be able to do if you couldn’t use your feet. Or how your day would be if your feet were in constant pain. There are so many things that can go wrong with our feet:
• Achilles Tendonitis
• Arch/Pain Strain
• Arthritis
• Athlete's Foot
• Bunions
• Calluses
• Claw Toes
• Corns
• Diabetic Foot
• Hammer Toes
• Heel Fissures
• Heel Pain
• Heel Spurs
• Ingrown Toenails
• Mallet Toes
• Metatarsalgia
• Mortons Neuroma
• Mortons Toe
• Neuropathy
• Over Pronation (Flat Feet)
• Overlapping Toes
• Plantar Fasciitis
• Post-Tib Tendonitis
• Pregnancy
• Sesamoiditis
• Shin Splints
• Toenail Fungus

Here is a link to the site that lists these conditions and explains everything you need to know about foot health:
The Foot Health Network
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Posted: 05 Feb 2008, 10:18
Oh my word! I thought it would take time before you all started posting on this topic! You are AMAZING! Those points are adding up! Now that you see how those points can be used, I bet more people will be wanting them! Go racers! Vroom, vroom!
"Nothing taste as good as thin feels"


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Posted: 05 Feb 2008, 11:32
Okay well here I go..I'm new to this so bare with me.

Working memory helps us to keep track of where we are and where we are going when driving around town. It helps us remember which cars are currently behind or beside us on the motorway, what someone just said to us, or a telephone number long enough to press the correct keys. The information in our working memory is constantly being updated, so we need to remember the information for only the few seconds that it is needed, and then it is replaced by something new. Sometimes people refer to this as short-term memory.

If you're not a burglar or an estate agent, visual recognition memory still comes in handy. For example, you can use your visual memory to remember where you just left your car keys, where you parked your car or to remember the way out of an unfamiliar building.

Memory binding relates to your ability to tie things together in your working memory and update them when they change. You need this skill for everyday activities like driving a car.

Here is a line to the website where I found the above information.

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Posted: 05 Feb 2008, 11:36
Here is a bit of info about the Lamborghini and how it started!!

Legendary men have legendary conversations, and when two legends meet the words they utter sometimes change the world. That was the case when a wealthy tractor manufacturer confronted Enzo Ferrari with some complaints about one of the Grand Old Man's automobiles.

In 1962, Ferrari was already 64 years old. Ferruccio Lamborghini was 46, a charismatic man who had reached the height of success in a career that essentially chose him during World War II. His interest in the humble field of agricultural machinery evolved naturally from the time and place: Having been born on a farm, his first dabbling in engines had been with his father's equipment. Serving in the Italian Air Force's mechanics corps during the war, he became expert with rugged air engines. When post-war Italy was desperate for tractors immediately after the war, it was an obvious and lucrative idea to purchase surplus military machines and quickly convert them into tractors.

By the end of the 1950s, Lamborghini had expanded from tractors into oil-burning heaters and air conditioning units, and he could now afford to indulge his passions.

It was around this time that Lamborghini went to Modena to tell Enzo Ferrari that the clutch on his car was unsatisfactory. Ferruccio had already owned several cavallini rampante and might have remained a happy customer if Enzo had responded differently. After all, at the time, Lamborghini's passion ran more skyward--he was building helicopter prototypes and hoping for a government license to build them commercially. But when Enzo dismissed his complaint with something along the lines of, "What does a tractor maker know about super cars? Go back to your farm and leave the supercars to me," Lamborghini was insulted. He took his Ferrari home and fixed the problem himself using a tractor clutch, then took a long, hard look at the car's engine. When the government refused to grant him the helicopter license, he took his many millions of lira to the tiny town of Sant'Agata--not far from Ferrari's Maranello--and began to build himself a state-of-the-art auto factory, vowing to meet or beat Ferrari at his own game.

Lamborghini's requirements were straightforward: He wanted a luxurious and powerful GT. Later in life, he laughingly told an Italian reporter, "I am the first Japanese in Italian history: I never invented anything, but I always copied the best. To make my engine I asked, which is the best? And the response was, the 12-cylinder of Ferrari. However, to improve it I needed to change the head. So then I asked, which heads are the most efficient? The answer: the twin cams on the 4-cylinder Alfa Romeo. So it was enough for me to put together these concepts to make the most beautiful engine in the world."

So a high performance engine in the Lamborghini can be like a human stomach. An engine converts gasoline fuel into motion so that your car can move. The stomach converts our food into useful bits of energy so that our body can move.

I found this article on Kashi’s website: Know Your Hunger Cues. It’s a great short article to really get in tune with your stomach and what it’s really asking for and how to make some good decisions. The better the decisions we make on the food we put into our stomachs, the better the results in the end for our overall body health!

Happy Tuesday everyone, good luck to all with this weeks challenge! Go Yellow Lamborghini’s!!!
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Posted: 05 Feb 2008, 11:40
I'm sooooo excited and can't wait. I've just posted my human body related information and I am CHEERING OUR TEAM ON.....COME ON JAGUAR TEAM...and by the way if I'm not doing this right please feel free to let me know as I'm a newbie..LOLVery Happy

And to my new teamates LETS KICK SOME BUTT!!!!!
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Posted: 05 Feb 2008, 13:12
My first challenge, I hope I did it right!!

Smile Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, often shortened to Porsche AG, or just Porsche, is a German manufacturer of automobiles majority owned by the Austrian Porsche and Piëch families. It was founded in 1931 by Ferdinand Porsche, an Austro-Hungarian engineer, born in Maffersdorf (Vratislavice), Bohemia (now part of the Czech Republic) who also designed the first Volkswagen. The company is headquartered in Zuffenhausen, a city district of Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg. They currently produce 911 (997), Boxster, and Cayman sports cars and Cayenne sport utility vehicles.

The pancreas is SO-O-O important. It helps protect us from diseases like diabetes! If you watch the fuel you put in our body (or our race car) we will keep it in better running condition! If we feed it poor quality fuel it will sputter & cough & breakdown on the side of the road! Our human body takes in all types of foods vs. race cars take in gas fuel which may vary in quality but they don't get choices of ice cream or vegetables or burritos or avocadoes. Remember to only put in the good stuff for both your race car & YOUR BODY!! Keep HEALTHY!

The human pancreas is an amazing organ with two main functions: [1] to produce pancreatic endocrine hormones (e.g., insulin & glucagon) which help regulate many aspects of our metabolism and [2], to produce pancreatic digestive enzymes. The hormone function of the pancreas is the emphasis of this portion of Endocrine Web ~ this is referred to as the Endocrine Pancreas. Pancreatic production of insulin, somatostatin, gastrin, and glucagon plays an important role in maintaining sugar and salt balance in our bodies and therefore any problem in the production or regulation of these hormones will manifest itself with problems with blood sugar and fluid / salt imbalances.


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Posted: 05 Feb 2008, 13:28
The fuel filter is like our kidneys. The kidneys work to keep a balance of our bodily fluids by secreting metabolites and minerals that are in excess and excreting them. They are the filters of our bodies.

Fuel filters take out impurities that would damage the engine. If the impurities aren't taken out it can cause damage to the fuel pump and injectors. If kidneys don't filter out urea and extra minerals they can cause damage to our heart and other organs. A good fuel filter can increase preformance in a vehicle so keep YOUR kidneys in good working order by providing lots of water to get their job done.

One big difference is that we can replace the filters in our car but not in our bodies. That is why it is so important to take good care of them. Also the fuel system works on a constant flow and never back flows, but did you know that back flow is part of what keeps the kidneys working.

The kidneys have a filter that could get clogged really easily for all that they filter out. The action of our pumping heart creates a back flow so the big particles that don't fit through the filter get back flowed out of the filtering system. This was discovered the hard way in medical science because when artificial heart pumps were first designed they were designed as a continuous flow pumps but the people who received these pumps whent into kidney failure within a week. This was because the pumping motion of the heart prevents clogs, but with a continuous flow circulatory system the kidneys weren't getting the back flow to clear out the big particles. This is why they had to re-design artificial heart pumps to actually beat like a normal heart. Just a little bit of extra trivia there. Wink

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Posted: 05 Feb 2008, 13:45
Weight Training = Fat Burning!

One of the best ways of achieving and maintaining weight loss is to increase muscle mass through some form of weight training. This doesn't have to mean spending hours in the sweaty end of the gym with all the muscle heads - any form of resistence training will do the trick, just so long has it helps strengthen and build those muscles.

Comparing our bodies to a car engine, an engine that revs at a higher rate uses more fuel and a body with more muscle tissue revs at a higher rate using more fuel (calories!).

A pound of muscle burns around 250 calories a day, whereas a pound of fat burns NOTHING. Multiply this by 365 days in a year and divide 3,500 (the number of calories in one pound) => with just a pound of added muscle you will lose an extra 26 pounds or almost two stones in just one year!

This site is a great resource for exercise inspiration, and there's a whole section devoted to strength training. Enjoy! Workouts
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Posted: 05 Feb 2008, 15:08
I’d compare my whole body to the high performance race car that needs high-test fuel fed to it regularly for optimal performance. If we don’t feed the machine (our bodies) to provide it with a constant source of high-test fuel, the whole “machine” suffers……specifically your metabolism. When you skip meals or snacks, your metabolism slows down to conserve energy and fights to conserve your fat stores.

Your body requires wholesome food in adequate amounts to protect your Resting Metabolic Rate. You need to protect your body’s RMR as you do your high performance automobile.

What is “Metabolism” and what is “Resting Metabolic Rate”?

Even when we are sitting quietly resting, your body is NOT resting. Your heart is beating, you are breathing and your body is carrying out other functions that you are unaware of entirely. Your body “must” work to keep you functioning. All of this work is collectively referred to as your metabolism. This work your body does requires energy. You are burning calories even when you are resting.

From the perspective of your body, ANYTHING you do over and above the work your body does to function, your metabolic rate moves UP because you are burning MORE calories. At the end of the day, your total calories burned are determined by your Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) PLUS all of the calories your body burns to do extra work throughout the entire day.

Restricting calories too severely is counterproductive because your body will fight back by decreasing RMR. The alternative is to take the long view and be willing to LOSE WEIGHT SLOWLY by restricting calories modestly.

Just like gas mileage is our race cars....our bodies need to get good mileage from the thins we choose to eat.

So eat people, eat often, but make those healthy snack and meal choices that we all strive for and we will ALL be successful at maintaining a healthy “machine” for life.

Calculate your RMR here


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Posted: 05 Feb 2008, 16:49
WATER/Coolant system

Here is something that both cars and humans cannot go without: water! There are many health benefits to drinking water and some similar benefits for cars as well. Water regulates our body temperature, as heating and cooling is distributed through perspiration. This helps us maintain our daily functions. The coolant system works similarly in a car. The primary job of the cooling system is to keep the engine from overheating by transferring this heat to the air, but the cooling system also has several other important jobs. The engine in your car runs best at a fairly high temperature. When the engine is cold, components wear out faster, and the engine is less efficient and emits more pollution. So another important job of the cooling system is to allow the engine to heat up as quickly as possible, and then to keep the engine at a constant temperature. Both are related to hot and cold temperature regulations.
Without proper water levels, humans and cars will not function at optimal levels. For us, this can result in headaches, fuzzy short-term memories and difficulty focusing on small print to name a few. Also drinking eight glasses of water daily can decrease the risk of colon cancer by 45%, bladder cancer by 50% and it can potentially even reduce the risk of breast cancer. So proper water levels will help keep us running and is a good preventative measure as well for cars and humans.
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Posted: 05 Feb 2008, 17:32
A Car Cover Protects Your Vehicle as Sunscreen Protects Your Skin
Many car enthusiasts spend thousands of dollars to buy their dream car and spend countless hours detailing it only to have it ruined by the elements. Intense heat from the sun can significantly ruin the paint and overall look of your car. Car covers are a greatly misunderstood auto accessory. Their importance is always being underestimated.
Like the paint job on your car, our skin is damaged by the sun. The sun can not only cause a painful sunburn but also often leads to skin cancer. Keeping your skin cover with suncreen can reduce this risk.
Sunscreens are chemical agents that help prevent the sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation from reaching the skin. Two types of ultraviolet radiation, UVA and UVB, damage the skin and increase your risk of skin cancer. UVB is the chief culprit behind sunburn, while UVA rays, which penetrate the skin more deeply, are associated with wrinkling, leathering, sagging, and other effects of photoaging. They also exacerbate the carcinogenic effects of UVB rays, and increasingly are being seen as a cause of skin cancer on their own. Sunscreens vary in their ability to protect against UVA and UVB. Be sure to click on the Prevention links on the right hand side for lots of great information!
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Posted: 05 Feb 2008, 18:54
I'm not really good at this stuff but want to earn some points for our team, so hear it goesWink

The tires are like our legs....if they are damaged we can not run! I am using legs for my example because I have sciatica from lower disc herniations and when I don't take care of myself my legs don't work and just like the cars we drive if the tires aren't in good condition we aren't going anywhereExclamation This is one of the reasons I need to drop the extra weight, being 5ft when I gain weight it puts pressure on my back and causes my legs to hurt....Many people have back pain and just blow it off from the way they sleep or how they were sitting or from something they lifted...I encourage all to get checked..I injured my back was I was 18 years old from a friend jumping on me, almost 9 years later and can tell you everytime it is going to rain or is not a fun feeling.

I have atached a link on how to check for sciatica symptons...
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Posted: 05 Feb 2008, 19:15

I am what I drive (can we file this under car psychology and mental health? LOL!)

I read through everyone’s pieces about how their bodies are reflected in the body and working of cars and I was impressed by the depth of information and similarities drawn between the two “species”. I was stumped and intimidated thinking how can I possibly add to this, "exhaust pipes and the excess gas I have due to heightened fiber intake?", but then no…a thought came to mind. I am what I drive. In each phase of my life I have driven a car that represented not only who I was but how I felt and the role I was playing at that precise time. For example, when I was in college in suburban NY, I drove a Chevy Citation (two tone blue – dark royal blue and metallic light blue (to match my eyes). I knew nothing about cars like I knew nothing about life and the car was a little temperamental, a little flaky but it always came through when I needed it to. Years passed -- for a while living in NYC my main mode of transportation was the Crown Victoria (Yellow cabs) which kept me ensconced in safety (or so I thought until years later I discovered they have a nasty habit of bursting into flames on impact) away from the unsavory types on the subway. I was an uptown girl, living in an uptown world and living beyond my means but having fun in the Big Apple. I met and married my husband in NYC and soon after we moved to LA. My next car was a Toyota Celica GT flaming red with a black ragtop. I nicknamed it “Birricchina” which in Italian means something akin to "mischievous and playful", I was in my late 20s, blissful in my marriage, glamorous job, traveling often and having a blast. The car was fast, flashy yet reliable and impressive and I felt like I could take over the world. My firstborn would ride in that little car with me (her feet nearly in the ashtray even though she was strapped in the back seat) and I would play ACE OF BASE’s “ALL THAT SHE WANTS” while hugging turns on Sunset blvd. in LA. By the time I had my son, I traded (boo hoo) my Celica in for a “safety first” Volvo 850 TURBO Sportswagon – bright red. If I had to be sensible and safe I had to look like I was having fun! That car may have had soccer-mom written all over it, but inside it was a wild stallion trying to get loose! That car had so much horsepower and was so responsive I would weave in and out of traffic in LA that my new line was, “there isn’t a traffic problem in LA, people just don’t know how to drive!” That car brought me back from LA, drove me for Xmas vacation to SW Florida after 911 because no one wanted to fly (although 1 car trip 2 days long on interstate 95 with your kids will make you welcome a terrorist packed flight!). I continued driving that car with all the vim and vigor with which I was leading my double life as high powered tv exec and uber mom. When that car finally heaved it’s last breath, I went and got another Volvo -- a dark blue v70 wagon – it had all the looks of my 850 TURBO but none of the soul. I too had lost some of mine, having quit my job in favor of looking after my kids. I never regret doing that but I do admit that in today’s world, I find it awkward to say “I don’t work” – also because in fact, I do work – quite a lot actually -- I just get none of the material perks and kudos other than the beaming faces and tight loving hugs from my family – I guess that should suffice!
Now I am ready for my next car, I am looking for a car that is fun, functional, fits our lifestyle, environmentally responsible and good mileage. Like me, this car is realistic, not trying to act younger than my 45 yrs but not rushing to be grown up like a sedan might make me. It is a car that will see my daughter into her first driving forays and so, I want her to see a bit of herself in it too. Now, should I tell you what I’m thinking of getting or let you all guess – or even – make suggestions? Let me know what you guys prefer...

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Posted: 05 Feb 2008, 19:28
Oh my heavens you racers are incredible! I have read every ones post, love them! I will tally up to this point in the thread for tonight, but I MUST KNOW, what car ARE you thinking of princessdropthelbs? And princess, love the youtube video!
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Posted: 05 Feb 2008, 19:34
Okay folks... I just couldn't RESIST!! Bad Grin

Here is a link to a bit more details: digestive gas

Sooo.... Laughing I was thinkin.... a cars exhaust system is very involved and a crucial part of the automotive function and performance. In comparison... well.. our "tail pipes" are equally important!! If we were not able to expel or pass the gas that builds up in us from all of them healthy veggies... we might BLOW UP!! Well, none the less, we wouldn't function properly or efficiently. Very Happy

I say that the comparison of a cars exhaust system is very similar to how our bodies process and expel the excess gases!!! Surprised Bad Grin Surprised

I know that on my very first car, I put chrome tail pipe extenders on it to make it all purdy and shiney... I don't plan to do that to me when I get my tail pipe all small and purdy, but I will be sportin some new shiny duds and show "it" off as I can!! lol Very Happy

Have a great day folks!! Embarassed btw... check out the link... it's normal to pass gas regularly!!! Very Happy

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Posted: 05 Feb 2008, 19:37
Bad Grin

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Take it one day at a time!

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