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   Once, while helping Napoleon retrieve his hat from a tall coat hanger, the emperor’s adjutant noted that it was easier for him to accomplish the task because he was the taller of the two. The vertically challenged Napoleon instantly parried: “Idiot! You are not taller! You are longer!” All the irritation that the presence of tall people brings out in the shorter ones came through in this response. Indeed, people of below average height, especially men, consider their height to be a physical defect. They often develop an inferiority complex and always remember the insults dished out to them by those who are taller and stronger. One can argue that there are advantages to being of below average height - those individuals tend to live up to ten years longer than their taller counterparts. One can even show that short people, more often than not, attain the highest social status, and one can list larger than life personalities in politics, culture and science who were anything but giants in real life. However, to those who consider themselves short, all these examples are a mere facade, while on the inside there lies a dream - to be or at least to look taller and by extension more attractive. Anything becomes fair game: special shoes, haircuts and clothes - all directed towards a single goal - to look a little bit taller.

Controlling growth - reality or a dream?

   It is taken for granted that controlling physical elongation of the body is either impossible or extremely difficult. The most attention is paid to the genetic predisposition. Tall parents will have tall kids. Nevertheless, there are many examples of short parents having tall or even extremely tall children. How can this be explained? The answer is both simple and complex.
Prenatal development is usually driven by hereditary factors coded in the genotype of the fertilized egg. From the moment of birth and thereafter the body is exposed to the outside environment, which forces it to adjust and has strong developmental influence. The newly acquired characteristics, which depend on the lifestyle, are layered on top of the ones genetically established. This synergy controls the complex anatomical and physiological changes which can lead to increase or decrease of ultimate height even in those genetically predisposed to be tall.

Where are these inches lost, and how can the loss be stemmed?

   One of the reasons for stunted growth is inadequate diet. The lack of balance between proteins, vitamins and trace minerals in the child’s diet limits height. The following is just one piece of evidence to prove this thesis. Natives of Asian countries, who are usually of below average height, upon assimilating in the United States produce children who are considerably taller than their counterparts growing up in the native land. The main reason for that is a wholesome diet containing the proper amount of all the substances necessary for growth.
   The body mass has considerable influence on slowing down growth and the ultimate height. The heavier the weight, the more pressure is exerted on the spinal column and the bones of the lower extremities. This is another reason why picking the right diet for normalizing the weight and height has such tremendous importance.
   Physical development is also of immense importance. Being one of the benchmarks for overall health, it is tightly associated with growth. Children who are not well developed have markedly faster breathing rate, lower lung capacity, faster heart rates, low arterial blood oxygenation, lack of stamina etc.
Since in children most systems and organs have not finished their development and tissue growth, even a slight posture defect can lead to asymmetry in shapes of spinal disks and vertebrae. The end result is the uneven distribution of pressure on different areas of the spinal column. This, in turn, stunts the growth of spinal disks and vertebrae in the high-pressure zones, while in the areas of lower pressure the growth continues at a normal rate. Slowing down the growth rate of the vertebrae leads to a decrease of body length. Because of this, we would like to emphasize the importance of timely discovery of even seemingly unimportant changes in the shape of the spinal column and its immediate realignment to the proper position. Scoliosis, slouching and other changes of the spinal column not only limit growth, but also profoundly affect many other body systems.

What parents can do?

   The parents can figure out some of the reasons that are slowing down growth. One has to look at one’s children carefully with a bit of detachment. You should immediately consult a specialist if your child is lagging in height, if he is overweight or has problems with posture or gait, if he is physically weak and is not well coordinated or gets tired quickly. The earlier you do it, the better.

What is the basis for the methodology of growth?

   The complex interconnections between a balanced diet, special exercises and sports in conjunction with other influences, which used in synergy can activate the body’s own growth hormones, form the foundation of the methodology of growth control. Furthermore, usually by certain age the areas of growth of the spine and bones harden. This stops growth. However, if these areas are ‘irritated’, the process of growth can be extended. With this in mind, it is important to know which influences and what type of diet should be employed at a particular age. Disregarding that can yield results opposite to the desired effect - instead of increasing height, growth can be stunted. Let us emphasize once again - success can be achieved only in case of strict individualization and selectivity of the medicino-biological and methodological systems. So far, there is no other way! There are no effective non-hormonal pharmaceuticals for growth stimulation. Same goes for vaccinations, which would raise the body’s ability to withstand unfavorable environmental conditions. There is, however, hope to attain those goals in the future. This doesn’t mean you have to wait and not start helping your children now. You would definitely prefer your children’s gratitude to their lifelong disappointment of knowing they could have been taller and better physically developed had their parents paid more attention.

   We accept the fact that some will read this article with skepticism, while others will agree with the provided data. Our goal is to formulate the problem and suggest a solution. However, we strongly recommend that all parents take the following step: find out now the projected height of your child and his/her probable physical parameters at 18-20 years of age. Even for a newborn child it is possible to accurately predict the probable height first by 3 years of age, and then find out how the child will develop by 18-20. The result of such test should be the starting point for parents on the way to helping your child to attain the desirable height. In case of a favorable prognosis minimal effort should suffice. However, if the results of the test prove to be undesirable, then an individual program can be developed for your child with the help of a special computerized system. This comprehensive program will include physical exercises, some types of sports, diet, vitamin therapy, all of which collectively stimulate growth and all around physical development.
To summarize:
Is it possible to find out prospective height? Yes, it is
Is it possible to reach the desired height? Yes, it is.
Is it possible to correct the defects of physical development? Yes, it is.
Where can I undergo the necessary tests and get qualified help?
Visit our internet site, http://www.mbfmethod.com Fill out the questionnaire, which is found there. The program will give you full information about your child’s prospective growth, weight, body structure. It will also provide you with advice on what needs to be done starting now in order to correct or change some undesirable characteristics and help the favorable ones flourish. You can also visit the office of Dr. Mikhail Bernstein (Healthbeat medical P.C.) at 7714 13th Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, 11228, or call 718-238-6898. The office is geared towards treating problems associated with growth. Healthbeat Medical in association with INTER F&S created a sports/health club. Also, every summer a sports/health day camp is organized. What sets them apart form the rest is that, among other things, the children can learn the techniques for independent exercising and some sports that are exceptionally helpful in promotion of growth and overall physical development.

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