In treating his patients who came to him for relief of spinal pressures and rheumatic ailments, he discovered that traction also increased their height. Some added two inches to their height through it.
When one of his patients discovered that height could be increased by stretching the vertebrae, word traveled fast and soon many flocked to him, not for rheumatic ailments but for an increase in height.
Some of those who came were wives of very tall men, men who wanted to marry tall women; policemen, mailmen — and many others.
"They go through the same stretching treatments given to patients with spinal column problems," he said. "The exercises and stretching did it."
Using the exercises, his patients claimed that their additional height became permanent.
One Col. Atkins, aged 54, of New York testified that he increase his height by 1 1/2 inches by performing specific and recommended exercises.