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  1. #1 Human Growth 
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    Here is something that I always hated:
    Human growth (height) is genetic.

    However are there any theories that opposes this? Any credible or convincing articles on how growth can be stimulated naturally (without artificial or injected hormones or such).

    I might not get any replies again but worth a shot.

    edit* if you know any interesting thing you know about human growth, please do tell.


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    The dutch people used to be one of the shortest in the world. Now they are one of the tallest, of not tallest.


    (hygiene, medical care and nutrition)


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    1. What body parts contribute to stature?
    2. What chemicals compose those body parts?
    3. Eat more foods that contain those chemicals.

    This will at least prevent you from suffering loss of stature due to malnutrition.

    Also, lots of exercise also helps the body to grow.
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  5. #4 Interesting 
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    spurious that is very interesting, I wonder if there were any other factors that contributed to their growth.

    Jrmonroe, I never thought about the body parts and what chemicals make up those body parts when it comes to growth. I learned a lot about this in physio so far, for I know that the nutrition can help maintain the organs (like skeletal muscles. organs, and bones), but I thought the hormones play the biggest role in growth.

    Does anyone know anyone who grew after their developmental stage, after childhood?

    Also it always fascinates me how Michael Jordan grew so rapidly (around four inches in a summer).
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    As in all these matters, the result is a combination of factors. Genetics is definitely a part of it. A tall father tends to have tall sons etc. However, nutrition is also a part. If children eat well, they have a better chance of becoming tall.

    Apart from radical surgery, or doping up with growth hormone, I know of no way of gaining height. If you got the wrong genes, and have eaten well, then you have probably grown as tall as you can.
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