The World's first
Standing Computer Desk here
based on The Posture Theory
An Australian concept invented by . . .
MAX BANFIELD ©
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Some of the many ideas, experiments, and diagrams which led to the development of the world's first standing computer desk.
The Posture Theory Diagram
How the standing computer posture evolved
I experimented with many ways of solving the problems caused by poor posture and gradually, and eventually developed the standing computer posture.
The Standing Computer Posture Diagram
Showing the skeleton of a man standing in front of a computer and looking at The Posture Theory Diagram.
Australia’s Standing Computer Inventor - Max Banfield
Developed the world’s first standing computer desk between 1980 and 1998, published under copyright, with all rights reserved.
Adelaide’s “Standing Computer Professor” - John Coveney
He knew someone who introduced him to the standing computer desk in 2005, and found it beneficial to his own health, so he now uses it, and recommends it to his students and local and international colleagues.
Australia’s “Standing Computer Prime Minister” - Malcolm Turnbull
Included a standing desk in his office after his appointment to prime minister in 2015.
as an example of the high regard he has for the latest and best in modern scientific innovation.
America’s “Standing Computer President” - Barack Obama
In the past 2 years “The Great Standing Desk Debate” has led to “a slew of articles” about the hazards of sitting for too long, so “The Executive Office of the President estimates that they will spend up to $700,000 for “height adjustable standing desktops and accessories. October 8th 2015.
Banfield's world 1st standing computer posture and desk
This desk was based on my research and theories between 1975 and 1998 and published under copyright.
It is vastly superior to any other design that existed at that time.
Anyone else who claims to have developed the standing computer posture is a liar and a fraud.
Nevertheless countless individuals or companies have since manufactured it according to my specifications and millions are now being sold to offices all around the world, whereas before they were rare.
Some people have argued that they existed in history, but nobody told me about that, and my research into those older desks shows that they were definitely not the same in many ways.
For starters there were no computers in earlier times.
I knew in the early stages that if sitting all day causes health problems, then moving to standing all day could potentially cause a different set of problems, so I used a process of regularly alternating between sitting, walking, and standing throughout the day.
Many people, such as copyright thieves, want the public to believe that I haven't invented anything new, but I obviously have, or they want them to believe that the harmful effects of standing all day is something that I didn't consider, and that they did.
Some people also want the public to believe that they developed the desk after discovering that sitting all day can cause cancer, heart disease, and diabetes, and shortened life expectancy, but they don't want you to know that I had cancer for the six years while I was writing the book, and heart disease in 1997, and that I recognised that sitting all day was likely to reduce life expectancy.
I would like all desk workers to show their gratitude to me by protecting my copyright, because I am the one and only person who developed this idea properly, and tens of millions of people are benefiting from it.
I should be getting royalties for each desk, and honest and ethical manufacturers should pay me 5% of cost price without me having to ask them for it.
While there have been ideas in the past about poor diet, lack of exercise, and environmental factors being the cause of the diseases of modern civilisation, I have identified that sitting at a desk all day is an additional factor.
Consequently I also developed the idea that the evolution of the upright human posture occurred because slumping forward compressed the chest and abdomen to impair breathing, energy, and digestion, so that those with an upright posture thrived better and became more prominent, and that the move to sitting at a desk increased those problems, and standing instead could reverse them.
See what you can do about to stop the copyright thieves here.
See also copyright relating to The Standing Computer Posture and desks here.
The Origin of The Standing Computer Posture
The first five diagrams are from T.H.Huxley (1863), and I designed the others between 1980 and 1999 - Copyright Max Banfield
The value of copyright??
In 1975 it was universally considered that desk workers weren't doing anything physical so their health problems must be due to worry or stress, or lack of exercise, but within five years was able to explain how leaning toward a desk compressed the chest and abdomen to cause the pains etc. After another 18 years of experiments I invented the standing computer posture to prevent and treat those ailments, and published the ideas in books under copyright.
After I established the cause many other individuals claimed to have developed those ideas, and many companies began designing standing computer desks and getting them patented so that the they can manufacture them on a large scale in the safe and secure knowledge of having a monopoly on the product, and that anyone else who wanted to manufacture the same desk would need to get their permission, pay license fees, and royalties, and anyone who did so without their permission would be prosecuted.
Supposing, as a conservative estimate, there are now 100 companies selling a $1 million dollars worth of desks, to derive an income of $100 million per annum.
It has been suggested to me correctly or not, that the words of an idea can be protected by copyright, and a patent can be protected by the law, but the idea in the copyright can't.
This presents a question. Why should anyone publish ideas that can be used by other people to make $100,000,000, when they as the inventor of the idea gets nothing, and the people who use the idea make all that profit.
Needless to say, if I didn't publish the idea, those manufacturers wouldn't make the desks, so for ethical, moral, and sensible reasons I would like all manufacturers to pay me an annual license fee, and royalties of 5% of the sale price of each desk.
It is worth noting that before copyright laws were developed, authors would charge large fees for their ideas and books before publication.
See my comments on the philosophy of copyright law here
See my comments on copyright thieves here
Before and After - from rare to commonplace
Note that the people who steal my ideas want me to believe that standing desks existed as far back as the nineteenth century, and some adjustable height desks had been made since, but I was not told that in 1975, and had never seen such a desk in my entire life, because they were extremely rare, but after I developed my ideas about the affect on health, companies began manufacturing them in their millions, and they can now be seen in libraries, schools, and offices everywhere, especially throughout Australia, the United States, and England. (note that I wrote my first conclusion about posture and health in 1980, and sold my books to schools and libraries between 1994 and 2000.
Note also that when profit is to be made copyright thieves will use every argument, and loophole in the law , and every devious trick in the book to get away with the crime.
Note that since I developed this idea many other researchers have gradually recognised it's value and designed different types of standing computer desks, height adjustable desks, sit/stand desks, standing workstations, and treadmill workstations which are all aimed at achieving what my research and methods have already achieved, and yet are most often reported in newspapers or TV as brand new, breakthrough discoveries by one person, professor, or organisation or another, of major importance in changing classroom and office designs and environments and public attitudes all around the world.
Those individuals also rewrite history so that my name or discoveries are never mentioned, and it is all attributed to "decades of studies by their colleagues", or that it all goes back to some sage or other of previous centuries who made some comments about the topics which nobody took seriously until after I solved the mystery of cause and effect in great detail properly.
They generally invent different reasons, or excuses for discovering the method.
For example, instead of saying the "poor posture" causes health problems they say "sitting is harmful to health", but invariable add words such as "slumped at a chair" to their text, and instead of saying it causes chest pains, breathlessness, abdominal pains and backaches etc. they say it causes heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, and always add the other symptoms in their text later.
Honest and intelligent people should easily recognise that the ideas are a copyright breeching spin off from mine and let all their friends and colleagues know the real source.
This is one of many items I have found on the internet . . .
VicHealth trials interventions and strategies to reduce workplace sitting
Promoting health and preventing illness - in 2010
VicHealth recently engaged its staff to identify and trial a number of interventions and strategies to reduce workplace sitting. These included: sit-to-stand workstations, standing meeting rooms and walking meetings. The interventions were very successful in creating a less sedentary workplace, increasing productivity and offering staff a healthier way of working.
In April 2010 we implemented a six-week intervention to reduce workplace sitting by trialing sit-to-stand equipment, which enabled staff to alternate easily between a seated and standing position at their work space. See here http://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/~/media/ProgramsandProjects/PhysicalActivity/Attachments/Workplace_Sitting_Fact_Sheet_web.ashx
Notice that they started in April 2010 and don't mention my name as the inventor of those ideas. Note also that they can, and may update their website to make changes in response to my criticism.
This is another . . .
Reducing prolonged sitting in the workplace
An evidence review: summary report - in 2012
© Copyright Victorian Health Promotion Foundation 2012
The full evidence review was prepared by Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute1 and The University of Queensland2 and special thanks are extended to the authors: Dr Genevieve N Healy1,2, Dr Sheleigh P Lawler2, Dr Alicia Thorp1, Ms Maike Neuhaus2, Ms Erin L Robson2, Professor Neville Owen1,2 and Associate Professor David W Dunstan.1,2
This summary report was prepared by Rebecca Zosel with support from the authors of the full evidence review, and VicHealth staff: Irene Verins and Samantha McCrow.
VicHealth is playing a leading role
in building the Australian knowledge base on effective workplace health interventions with our Creating Healthy Workplaces evidence review series - Jerril Rechter, CEO, VicHealth
A preliminary search strategy was conducted using the search terms listed in the Appendix. Given the extensive amount of articles identified (72,859 for any term; 2,135 if a term required was in a title) from a single database and because any potential grey literature was of particular interest, the authors approached this literature search using a broader strategy than would typically be employed in a systematic review of peer-reviewed research studies. Specifically, in June 2010, an extensive search was conducted using the online search engine Google. Search terms used were: sedentary, workplace sitting, healthy workplace, healthy workplace program, reduce workplace sitting, height adjustable desk, sit/stand desk, stand at work, treadmill at work, standing workstation, workplace with standing workstation.
Websites, organisational reports and policies, authors and research groups of potential relevance identified by the search were subsequently pursued through the internet and tracked down in scientific databases such as Web of Science and PubMed if available.
They had a list of more than 40 references, none before 1988.
Note that they didn't mention my name or my website, or my essay of 1980 in which I identified sitting at a desk all day as the cause of many health problems, or my invention of the standing computer desk in 1998 as the worlds first, and the basis on which all modern research has developed.
When I checked their website on 14-10-14 they had already made changes, such as the following . . .
In April 2010 we implemented a six-week
intervention to reduce workplace sitting
by trial ling sit-to-stand equipment, which
enabled staff to alternate easily between
a seated and standing position at their
Finding the equipment
We sourced equipment that was:
• low cost (less than $750 per person)
• easy to convert from sitting to standing
• practical (able to be used comfortably)
• portable (able to be relocated easily).
We consulted several manufacturers and
an ergonomist to support the development
of equipment that met our criteria.
Equipment had to be fixed to existing desks
and allow for the monitor and keyboard to
Several height-adjustable desks were
available but they required significant
redesign of the existing office space and
exceeded our budget. (Many manufacturers
were unprepared to explore the modification
of their products. This may change as more
organisations seek similar equipment.)
The result was the production of 10
equipment sets ($650 each) that provided
staff with the option of working in a seated
or standing position. The equipment
featured a desk-mounted moveable arm
that enabled the screen to be moved up or
down, and a freestanding perspex stand
(available in three different heights) for
the keyboard and mouse." End of quote here
Note that they are making recommendations for the design which are actually the ones which I have recommended, and that the manufacturers will profit from the sales without paying me a royalty, and the Vic government will save billions of dollars in health costs by preventing illness in their workers, but they are not mentioning my name, or my theory, or my book, or my website, or paying me as a consultant.
Notes on the general principles of copyright
(Disney is notoriously litigious when it comes to copyright infringement - Shaun Micallef 24-10-14)
Song writers can write some lyrics in a few minutes and have their copyright honoured and respected by other singers, and protected by the law so that the more people who use those lyrics the more royalties they derive, often amounting to millions of dollars per year for one song, and that similar rights are applied to book scripts, movie themes, and patented inventions and medications.
However, I have lost count of the number of people who have stolen or plagiarised my ideas by misrepresenting themselves as the author, and how others use the ideas in treatments, and gain a fee without paying me.
Copyright laws exist to encourage and reward people to develop new ideas which improve society.
Without my research those ideas would not exist and those individuals would not be able to gain an income from them, and patients would not have effective treatments for their ailments.
Some of my ideas took decades to develop and their use without mentioning my name as the author or paying me a royalty is a criminal offense.)
Notes on my copyright
This concept took me 23 years of very thorough study and consideration to develop, and is my copyright, and I am the sole owner of the intellectual property according to the law.
Anyone who discusses it, or uses it in any design or product is required to acknowledge my name and concept, and to gain my permission, and pay me a royalty as appropriate.
Any individual or business who misrepresents themselves as the developer, or who uses that idea without mentioning my copyright is an intellectual property thief, and a criminal.
My reasons for asserting my rights is because it took me 23 years to develop, when nobody else could, and because I was criticised for almost all of that time and told that the ideas were nonsense, and because, in recent times, I have become aware that it is internationally regarded as a major medical concept which is being used in the redesign of school and office equipment and the re-organisation of classroom and office environments and practices, and because newspapers and TV programs are reporting it as a "modern", "new", or "recent" discovery of major importance - more important than the discovery that cigarette smoking was harmful to health etc.. They now say that the sitting posture is harmful to health, and give the credit for the discovery to scores of unnamed "world experts", or they name individual professors as "the standing computer professor", or the pioneers or "world leaders" in the study of the harmful effect of "sitting" for long hours on health.
I spent 23 years developing this method to improve my own health, and to profit if it was used to help other people with health problems.
I didn't do it so that other individuals could sit in air conditioned comfort, and read my books, or surf the net to find something to steal which would get them respect, and make them famous and wealthy
They were not prepared to do the amount of research and experimenting involved, and could steal the idea in half an hour.
People whose health benefits from my methods should support my rights, and make sure that criminals cannot steal it and falsely claim to be the developers or illegally profit from it in the future.
There is a well known
Culture of academic plagiarism in the world today
which equates with corruption in sport, the stock market, and politics
Plagiarism in copyright thieving behaviour by arrogant and unscrupulous individuals.
There is a general cliche that university students become aware of which goes something like this . . .
Don't waste your time doing research because it could take years or decades, and there is no guarantee of success, so it is far easier to look for the ideas of thousands of other ordinary individuals, who mostly fail, but if one succeeds, just steal it.
When I discuss the fact that other people are stealing my ideas with friends, or at public meetings, or with the people I meet, the most common comment I get is that . . . "We understand your problem. Lot's of people with strings of letters after their name (indicating university qualifications), steal the ideas of ordinary people and get away with it, and there is nothing you can do about it.!!!
They have connections with networks of other colleagues who will protect them. and lawyers who can use the loopholes in the law to enable them to get away with it. etc. etc.
Wikipedia is one such place where the plagiarism is blatant, and where the copyright thieves are anonymous (and could be criminals and murderers), and where they have established networks of anonymous associates, and where they have many tricks available such as their "unwritten rules" and their "Major" and most important rule . . . "The Ignore All Rules Policy" which they officially call "WP:IAR", and where it is retained by consensus - or vote. (The dishonest editors who want to keep it outnumber the honest editors who want to delete it).
Notes on legal arguments and Humpty Dumpty
I have been given some legal advice that only exact diagrams or words can be protected by copyright, but it is impossible to protect ideas, so anyone can alter the wording to use them legally.
However, I often here protests from autors about their storylines being taken off.
Da . . . Da .Dum Dum
How and why honest people cheat
I thought that most people were honest, but have increasing awareness of how and why people lie, cheat or steal.
A good example can be seen in the set of audio CD's called "The Secret Race, Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France" by Daniel Coyle and Tyler Hamiltion".
It gives an excellent description of why almost everyone from the bottom to the top of the professional cycling world was cheating, and fooling the world into believing that they were honest.