January 10th, 2013
Throughout my life, I have been often approached by random strangers asking me how to grow taller. Like tall guys have some sort of secret code or technique to instantly grow giants. I find the question to be silly so I respond in the same way telling them to eat more bananas. I really never gave the question much thought and felt sorry for them that I did not have something useful to offer. The reality was I was 6’7 and was the by-product of a tall father and mother. Genetics was the harsh truth. Either you have the tall jeans or not. That is what I originally thought.
I recently became fascinated by the study of human physical growth or auxology. I was amazed to learn that brilliant scientists around the world are still debating how to effectively grow once you have reached your final height as an adult. Many default to the genetics opinion because there is no real answer to the question. However, recent studies have shown that there is a way to increase your height by 1 to 2 inches. The problem is that the results are limited and you will eventually return to your normal height on planet Earth….but not in space.
Gravity has a big influence on your height. It puts pressure on your shoulders and back which negatively impacts your posture. What has been agreed upon is that in a non-gravitational environment will elongate your back and straighten out your posture thereby increasing your height by 1 to 2 inches. Stretching, sleeping and good diet have been all proven to be effective means to extend your height as well, but the effects are temporary as gravity pushes your backbones back to its original place nullifying you’re your efforts. Solution; live in space if you want to be tall. On planet Earth, you will have to accept reality and live with what you got.
“Strange But True: Astronauts Get Taller In Space”, By Miriam Kramer of Space.com, Published on January 7, 2013
Astronauts in space can grow up to 3 percent taller during the time spent living in microgravity, NASA scientists say. That means that a 6-foot-tall (1.8 meters) person could gain as many as 2 inches (5 centimeters) while in orbit.
While scientists have known for some time that astronauts experience a slight height boost during a months-long stay on the International Space Station, NASA is only now starting to use ultrasound technology to see exactly what happens to astronauts’ spines in microgravity as it occurs.
“Today there is a new ultrasound device on the station that allows more precise musculoskeletal imaging required for assessment of the complex anatomy and the spine, the study’s principal investigator Scott Dulchavsky said in a statement. “The crew will be able to perform these complex evaluations in the next year due to a newly developed Just-In-Time training guide for spinal ultrasound, combined with refinements in crew training and remote guidance procedures.”
Link to the full article: http://www.space.com/19116-astronauts-taller-space-spines.html
“Astronaut Grows Too Tall”, NYTimes.com, Published on July 12, 1994
Richard J. Hieb, the payload commander of the space shuttle Columbia, is growing in orbit, and he now exceeds N.A.S.A.’s height limit for astronauts. Mr. Hieb started the two-week laboratory mission on Friday at 6 feet 3 inches. Today, he topped 6 feet 4, the limit for someone on a space shuttle. “According to my quick calculations here, I seem to have grown about an inch or so. So I’m now too tall to fly in space,” Mr. Hieb informed payload controllers after measuring himself. “And that’s without slipper-socks.” A ground controller in Alabama said, “I just hope the flight director’s not listening.” “We heard that,” answered a voice from Mission Control in Houston.
Astronauts tend to grow two or more inches in space because the spine becomes elongated in the absence of gravity. The phenomenon is often accompanied by back pain.
Mr. Hieb and Dr. Chiaki Naito-Mukai, a Japanese heart surgeon, are measuring themselves each morning aboard Columbia so researchers can compare growth to soreness. There is no word yet on Dr. Mukai’s height, but she started out at 5 feet 2.
Link to full article: http://nyti.ms/WNa5eS