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Growth Pills On The Internet

Published: May 14, 2012
Dear TeenHealthFX,
I am considering taking growth pills that I've seen on the Internet. They are called Height Max. They claim to have herbs, amino acids, and other ingredients that are supposed to boost metabolism and help you grow. I was wondering if there are any possible dangers from taking these at my age, 17. They claim that the pills don't have any harmful chemicals.
Signed: Growth Pills On The Internet

Dear Growth Pills On The Internet,


Unfortunately, FX cannot find much specific information on the Internet about "Height Max," so if you read up on these pills more completely and come up with additional questions, feel free to write again. However, any "nutritional" supplement that promises to boost metabolism and help you grow is probably not telling you the complete truth. Trying to shape your body with "magic pills" is not realistic; eating healthy and getting plenty of exercise is the only sure-fire ways to change your body. And, your height is pre-determined, to a large extent, by your genes, and any promise that pills you can buy on the Internet can change this is a highly questionable claim.


Unlike the medications you get from your doctor when you have a sore throat or an ear infection, compounds like Height Max and other supplements that promise to help you lose weight overnight or get a body-builder's muscles in a week's time are not regulated by the FDA. If you look closely on most of the websites advertising these pills, there is usually a disclaimer that says, "These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration." This basically means that the company can say what they want without the government getting involved. While there are a few safeguards in place to make sure that the supplements actually contain what they say they do on the package, these are nowhere near as strict as those regulating antibiotics and over-the-counter medications. So, you can never be 100% positive that what you are getting is actually what is being advertised on the package. And, a lot of the things that they put in these types of pills, especially in the pills that promise to boost your metabolism, are things that can speed up your heart rate or up your body temperature (these situations can make your body burn calories), both of which can be very harmful if done to too great an extent.


It is definitely not a good idea to take these types of pills, both as a teenager and when you reach your adult years. The only way to change your body is through eating right and exercising. If you would like to do so and need some help getting started, you can call your family doctor for some advice or even see a personal trainer at a gym for some tips on how to go about this in a healthy and appropriate manner.

Signed: TeenHealthFX