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    I just heard a commercial for this drug on the radio (they call it "herbal supplements," but it's a drug), and I find it a bit demeaning. I'm only 5'8", shorter than any male on either side of the family. I've been short all my life and I've found it to come in handy quite often. It's not a disability. It's not a disease. It's simply a physical trait. That being the case, why is there now a drug to treat it? What's next, a drug that makes your fingers longer?
     
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    Some people want to be taller.
     
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    Probably the same company that will sell you a pill that enables you to lose 90 pounds in a month.

    Remember what P.T. Barnum said.
     
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    Short men and mama's boys cause 95% of the problems in this world. I've never met a short man who didn't have major mental and emotional problems. In your favor I wouldn't define short as 5'8". Depending on race 5'5" and shorter for most races, even shorter for Asians.
     
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    I am trying to find the study but for every inch over the average height (I believe to be 5' 10" for men) a man makes something like an extra $1000 or $1500 per year. There are numerous studies in academic journals about this sort of thing. There are similar studies about fat people making less money, but this is more true for women and the height relationship is more true for men.
     
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    My wife told me about this yesterday. Good thing I'm 6'4"!
     
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    At my tallest, measured accurately by standing back against a wall,
    and using a scale, I was about 5-8.25.

    Although at the time I wanted to keep growing taller, I have since been happy with my height.

    I've shrunk to about 5-7.75. I'm happy with that too.
     
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    Small guys with Napolean Syndrome are the worst, not that you are. But that aside, I think you're being a little thin-skinned if an herbal supplement to increase your height is "demeaning" to you...
     
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    Yep, worst people in the world.
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    Ok, maybe I phrased it a little strongly, but after living my whole life as a fairly short person, I feel a little insulted that my height is considered a bad attribute that must be treated with drugs. Imagine society deciding that your foot size was too big or too small and offering some "herbal supplement" to fix it. I think these commercials of how you can make people taller are just going to make more people self concious about their height.

    And as far as that height thing making you more money, that's probably skewed by the fact that most male celebrities (actors and pro athletes, especially basketball players) are tall. I, personally, have seen short, rich men and tall janitors before, so I'm not going to put a whole lot of stock in height making you money.

    On Napoleon Syndrome, yeah, it blows. My company commander at the Naval Academy was a full 3 inches shorter than me, but more muscular than a body builder and mean as a pit bull. He's the main reason I had to run on my leg while it was broken.
     
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