[quote]Professor X wrote:
lifting while young etc may actually benefit growth, it forces the bones to adapt to the load get thicker store more calcium etc. May aid growth and goes a long way to helping ward off bone disorders late in life
it may also not aid bone growth but instead have compressive affects on your spine. did you know that you are a few fractions (i forget the exact number) of an inch smaller by the end of the day because you have been upright? then when you wake up you are the tallest you will ever be for the rest of the day.
Gee, the fact that you do that every single night and end up relatively right back where you started aside from reaching middle to old age where you actually do become shorter, why would you imply that lifting weights permanently causes spine compression? It doesn’t. Phil is right.[/quote]
I see where you are getting at, and its a good point, but homeostasis (if you can call this that) has its limits.
14 hours of being upright (holding your upper body up), and 10 hours of rest (holding no weight) does put you back where you started.
Now, I wonder if you add 100,… 200,… 300 lbs on your back, the fact that the previous example has shown that your spine can compress and decompress should alarm you into thinking that just MAYBE if there is too much stimulus invoking compression, there won’t be enough rest time to decompress.
Time and time again it has been shown that too much of anything is bad. If height is this important to the OP he should atleast take it easy on the weight. People and research have been wrong before, I don’t think its safe for you or anyone to be advising someone on such an important matter. You don’t want to become comparable to the people in the 90’s who suggested soy being the miracle food.
It just bothers me with the confidence that you portray in your opinions/posts. Nothing is ever this straight forward and I am worried for people (who much like you attest to) follow some people’s (read: T-Nation Authors’) advice word-for-word without the ability to question. You have gained a certain amount of respect here and others may fall to trust yours, just like you warned them about trusting others.