Method One - This method
is designed for children with severe hormonal deficit, which in most cases
is diagnosed at ages 5 to 7. If growth hormone production stops or slows
down to produce insufficient amounts of the hormone, treatments utilizing
synthetic growth hormone are employed. However, only 5-6 out of 100 children
with below average height fit the criteria for such hormonal treatments.
Therefore, a decision to start hormonal treatment is made only after a
thorough examination by a specialist. The first test in this process is
determining growth potential by the onset of adulthood. However, if hormonal
treatment is deemed necessary, a combination of hormonal therapy, an adequate
diet and an individually assigned sets of exercises yields better results
in increasing height.
Method Two - This method is surgical.
It is used when the formation of the musculo-skeletal system is completed
and bone growth has practically stopped. The principles of anthropometric
cosmetology lie in the foundation of this method. Anthropometric cosmetology
is the study of changing the size of one's bones without distorting the
proportions of one's body. Elongating the legs of a healthy individual,
regardless of age, requires an operation. This procedure is bloodless
and leaves no scars. Only the legs are anesthetized. First, the bone is
neatly sawed apart, and then a special apparatus is applied, which guides
the leg to successfully grow at a rate of 1mm per day. The gap that is
formed between the two severed parts of the bone naturally fills up with
new cells, which after subsequent growth ,form new bone tissue. In the
end, the physical characteristics of the new bone tissue match those of
the natural bone. The tissues surrounding the bone - such as muscles,
tendons, nerves and even arteries - elongate at the same rate as the bone
Method Three - This method is biological*.
This method is used on children who exhibit delayed or insufficient growth
as a result of unfavorable heredity, and do not have hormonal problems.
Zones of growth remain open. The biological method for growth enhancement
is also used on those children, whose parents want them to be taller.
There are numerous reasons for such a wish. America loves the tall and
The following situations make for the most successful use of the biological
method. The factual height of an individual can deviate by up to 4 inches
from the hereditary predetermined height. In other words, your child can
be up to 4 inches below, 4 inches above or at the level of the hereditary
height. This means that for any individual the genetic factor carries
a certain predisposition for height, which, however, is not set in stone
and allows for a considerable range of developmental results. Thus, all
individuals possess a CERTAIN POTENTIAL FOR GROWTH. Whether this potential
is realized depends on a variety of causes, as well as a properly chosen
treatment methodology, and timely consultations with specialists dealing
with growth related problems.
The complex interconnections between a balanced diet, vitamin therapy,
special exercises and sports in conjunction with other influences, possibly
pharmaceutical, which can activate the body's own growth hormones, form
the foundation of the biological method. Furthermore, usually by certain
age the areas of growth of the spine and bones harden. This stops growth.
However, if these areas are 'stimulated', the process of growth can be
extended. In this case the degree of growth strictly depends on the degree
and methods of 'stimulation'. With this in mind, it is important to know
which influences and what type of diet should be employed at a particular
age. For example, the methods used at 1.5 years, 6 years, 10 years, 14
years and 17-18 years old are absolutely different from one another. Disregarding
this can yield results opposite to the desired effect - instead of increasing
height, growth can be stunted. Some types of physical activities and certain
sports can produce such an effect, if done without consideration of the
unique characteristics of a particular child. This fact alone speaks for
the necessity of consulting with a specialist before sending your child,
however healthy and tall, to the gym to participate in sports.
There are several other factors that can SLOW DOWN GROWTH. It could be
a result of insufficient function of the liver or other organs, which
produce certain substances to stimulate growth. This comes about because
parents do not pay enough attention during childhood and adolescence to
the child's diet, to the condition of the child's musculo-skeletal system,
to the child's physical development. Also, this can be a result of the
parents not knowing and not treating certain medical conditions that can
stunt growth. This is why you should immediately consult a specialist
if your child is LAGGING in height; if you want to see your child taller;
if he is overweight or has problems with POSTURE (scoliosis, slouching)
or gait; if he is physically weak and is not well- coordinated or gets
tired quickly. The earlier you do it, the better. There have been a number
of cases when at age 25 or even 27 height was successfully increased,
mostly due to improvements of posture defects, spinal deformities and
physical development. Nevertheless, we strongly recommend starting from
the first year of life to determine what HEIGHT and WEIGHT your son or
daughter will attain by age 18-20. It is also possible to determine what
type of body your child will have and what needs to be done now to alter
or avoid unfavorable heredity. These facts are determined with the help
of specially designed computer software. The result of such analysis will
become the starting point on the way to attain the desired height and
level of physical development for your children. The answer to the question
"is it possible to become taller?" is a definite "yes it
is!" All that is needed is the will, some stubbornness and the proper
environment and methodology.
* For further details you can refer to our method of growth enhancement
and physical development in "To Be Tall, Graceful, and Strong: The
MBF Method" by V. Baranov and M. Baranov, USA Copyright # TXU 728-292.