Now think of the opposite.
1) Laron-syndrome dwarfism. Defect in HGH receptor means they are "immune" to growth signals and so do not develop cancer.
2) Midgets. Often survive into extreme old-age.
Still feel like quaffing that litre of milk per day?
So you established that midgets live longer thanks to a deficiency in the growth factors present in milk, which really isnt the argument that's going to prevent most men from "quaffing that litre of milk per day".
Of course all men are entitled to their own life choices, but I really don't think that this argument is convincing for the vast majority of them out there... (this being said I'd still be wary of too much milk consumption, it's just your argument that I find extremely weak)
About the poor dumb bodybuilders not being aware of the risks they're taking, you are so far off the mark.. most of them know exactly what they are doing, and consciously make the choice of an "extreme" lifestyle at the expense of their longevity and health in the long run.. Like you said it's not up to me or you to judge the choice ppl make about their own life and health.
I'm also sure there are some midgets out there who are quite satisfied with their quality of life, thank you very much.
How about stepping off your soap box, my point was clearly simply that if given the choice people would obviously rather choose NOT to be midgets...
As for eunuch (sic) midget (I think you mean "eunuchoidal", but anyway...). Almost a contradiction in terms. Eunuchoidism usually leads to gigantism, as the long-bones fail to close after puberty and they keep growing.
That is why Italian castralto singers were extremely tall.
You may be right about "eunuch midget" being incorrect, I'm french and in my language "eunuque" can be used as an adjective as well as a noun, unless I'm making a mistake which is highly possible. (However "Eunuch" is definitely correct as a noun of course http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eunuch
But besides the fact that "eunuch midget" being syntaxically wrong and according to you a "contradiction in term" is totally irrelevant to my argument, your reasoning behind the latter assertion is extremely illogical on many levels.
According to you the thing that makes "eunuch" tall is their lack of testosterone (produced by testes, indeed castration obviously leads to radical hypogonadism) that prevents growth plates to fuse early enough. (it's possible and i admit I didn't know about that)
The thing that makes "laron dwarves" little is their genetic insensitivity to HGH (produced by the pituitary)
I don't see how both conditions are mutually exclusive in any way, and I doubt that the lack of T induced by castration (even soon after birth) could lead to tallness in the presence of a genetic insensitivity to HGH... Take a "laron dwarf" and cut off his balls, and there you've got your "eunuchoidal midget", that lucky dude blessed with an above average life span, thanks to his lack of Testosterone and HGH-promoted cancers. So much for "enuch" and "midget" being "almost a contradiction in terms" according to your flawed logic.
Edited by daouda, 23 April 2013 - 04:10 PM.