How two Wikipedia editors criticised and deleted my research and secretly transferred the elements of it to other topic pages.


Poor Posture

Anonymous Wikipedia editors have stolen my ideas to get themselves onto number 1 and 2 position on the Google Search engine for the word "posture", and to get me out, so that they get the credit for my thirty years of research.

Their page called Poor Posture is such a brazen copyright theft that they might as well shove their thieving behaviour in my face and brag about their ability to steal intellectual property and get away with it in full view of the world.

I was the first person in the world to put the puzzle of cause and effect together, and it initially took me five years to put the basic pieces in a logical and comprehensive way, and many more years to find the evidence to confirm it.

Anonymous editors have deleted The Posture Theory from Wikipedia, and for all intents and purposes, dismantled the puzzle, and then had the cheek to put it all together again on their page called Poor Posture, without mentioning my name as the person who solved the puzzle, or The Posture Theory as the original and correct solution.


The Wikipedia page called Poor Posture should be given it's correct name of . . .

The Posture Theory

As copied and summarised by anonymous Wikipedia copyright thieves

Essentially, I spent more than 30 years developing that theory, and those editors spend a few minutes copying it.

I concluded that poor posture strains the spine to cause neck and backache, and that stooped shoulders press down on the chest and abdomen to cause chest pains, and impair the upward expansion of the lungs so that the person gets less air with each breath and hence is prone to breathlessness. It also compresses the air in the chest to slow the flood of blood between the abdomen and brain and dispose to faintness and fatigue. It also compresses the stomach to cause indigestion, and a wide diversity of other problems.

I also compared the symptoms to those suffered by nineteenth century women who wore whalebone corsets which compressed the chest and abdomen from the sides, and caused them be become easily breathless, faint, and fatigued. They relieved those symptoms by unlacing their corsets, and people whose symptoms are due to poor posture can relieve them by improving their posture.

I also concluded that the symptoms occurred so gradually that the patients didn't notice that tight corsets were the cause until public debates made it clear in the early 20th century when, as a result corsets went out of fashion, and were replaced with loose garments.

I also said that the symptoms of poor posture occurred so gradually that the patients didn't notice until much later when symptoms became a problem, and even then they didn't notice the cause.

The fact that the symptoms occurred so gradually is also the reason why doctors didn't notice the cause until I identified it.

They were saying that the problems didn't show up on x-rays, and therefore didn't have a physical cause, and psychologists were arguing that they must be imaginary, and have a psychological cause, and they called the set of symptoms hypochondria.

When I established that the cause was physical and not mental, I obviously offended many doctors, who would percieve me as proving them wrong. However all I did was determine the cause of my own ailments and treat them effectively.

Consequently, instead of giving me the credit for solving this 2000 year old mystery, they ignored me and my theory, and tried to defame my character to discredit me.

However, they know that the idea is correct, and useful in treatment, so they want to use it, and therefore have copied it, and rewritten the ideas in different words, and given the false impression that the idea has entered the general literature, as if being produced by hundreds of other individuals.

Anonymous Wikipedia editors want my ideas and conclusions to make their encyclopedia useful to society, but they don't want the public to know my name, or that I produced the ideas, and they don't want a page with the title of "The Posture Theory", so they have copied my ideas, and put them on a new page called Poor posture, which I discuss below.

The fact that anonymous Wikipedia editors have gained number 1 and 2 position on the Google search engine by stealing my ideas is offensive and ridiculous.

You can see my 1000 page book, now as an eBook from here



See how two editors and a small gang of organised cohorts systematiclly described me as a non-notable fringy kook, and described my ideas as stupid, nonsense, and rubbish, and then deleted it, and then transferred most of the information from my essays, books, and website, and then rewrote it in different words, and put it into a variety of pages in Wikipedia so that they can boast about it being the best source of information in the world.


If it was all rubbish and nonsense when I wrote it, why is it all on their various Wikipedia pages now.

I will focus on one of their pages which they called "Poor posture"


I put the pieces of the puzzle together, not anonymous Wikipedia editors


What I did was to study the topic of posture and health for 30 years, and put all of the pieces of a jig saw puzzle together into one logical theory, and publish a book full of all of the evidence which supports and proves it.

What the anonymous editors of Wikipedia did was to read my book for a few hours, and then decide to steal my ideas, and then start a page about poor posture, and then scout around to find some references from easily obtained modern journals or books, and use them to put it together so neatly with only 11 citations and 14 references.

During that process other editors have joined in to fix spelling errors or make other minor additions, so that it looks as if it was compiled by fifty individuals.

One of the editors who demanded the deletion of the page about my idea called The Posture Theory had the Wikipedia ID of "Someguy1221". He used the excuse that it was just "one guy's theory".

He is correct. I am the one person who put all of the jigsaw puzzle together when nobody else could.


When I started in 1975, most of the editors were just children, and some had not even been born.

I wrote the book and sold it to schools so that children would be encouraged to grow up with straight spines and good health, not for them to become ungrateful thieves.


I demand changes to the title of their page called Poor Posture, to The Posture Theory

with the sub-title

As copied in modified form by anonymous Wikipedia copyright thieves


Wikipedia's page called Poor posture is a criminal and blatant copy of information from my books called The Posture Theory, and as such is a blatant theft of my intellectual property.

Therefore if there are any ethical, responsible and mature adult administrators in that organisation I would like them to change the title of that page to . . .


The Posture Theory

by Max Banfield

as copied by a group of anonymous copyright thieves in Wikipedia.


It presents the scattered information from my essays and my 1000 page book, in a concise and well written manner, but it has inaccuracies, and includes a devious attempt to include psychiatric aspects into what is virtually an entirely biomechanical cause and effect.

It also omits some major other factors which are important to properly understand the concept.


I would also like them to add my essays and books to the reference list at the end, and put them in the number 1 position on top, and make it clear that it is almost the sole source of the majority of information in that article.


The top of the reference list should include . . .

M.A.Banfield June 1980, The Matter of Framework, Australasian Nurses Journal, pages 27-29.

M.A.Banfield January 1994 to October 2000, 11 editions of The Posture Theory - The physical basis for Hypochondria

M.A.Banfield October 23rd, 2012 The Posture Theory, The Physical Cause of Undetectable Illness (Available at here).



Thankyou, in anticipation of Wikipedia having an ounce of ethics in it's rules, and a ton of impact in their enforcement.

Copyright violations are a breech of Wikipedia's rules, and a criminal offence


I wrote my theory in 1980 where I provided information that proved that many symptoms which were previously described as the imaginary symptoms of hypochondria, were actually physical symptoms caused by the long term effects of spinal and chest wall deformities (known as poor posture, or in the worst cases hunchback.).

I published a book by that name from 1994 onwards, and the writing of it at a desk at the rate of one sentence, paragraph, diagram, or essay at a time caused me a lot of abdominal pain, until 1998 when I learned to type and began writing while standing up at a desk, with the keyboard at waist height and the screen at eye height.

The last printed edition contained more than a 1000 pages and had been sold to more than 500 school and public libraries to help teachers understand the problems, and students to prevent them.

I started a website in 1994, and added a webcounter in 2011, and it has since had more than 150,000 hits.

I was often on the top ten list of the Google search engine for posture for much of that time, and sometimes in number one position. I looked at those lists in the early years, and was not even aware that Wikipedia existed or started etc.

However, two of the editors of Wikipedia act as if they are academically jealous of my ideas, because they have never been able to do anything as good, and they, and their cohorts are acting out of spite and revenge by stealing individual aspects of my ideas and putting them on many other pages to hide their copyright thieving behaviour.

They have managed to get a new page called Posture( Psychology) developed in a foreign country in a foreign language, and then transfer it back to the English Wikipedia, and put it in number one position in the list of articles about posture, so that it would appear as number one on the Google search engine.

My book and website is full of diagrams of poor posture causing symptoms by compressing the internal organs from above, and tight waisted 19th century corsets, which cause the same symptoms by compressing the internal organs from the side.

They have stolen that research and twisted it about by showing men with poor posture who look sad, and women who sit tall, and look proud, to create the idea that psychological factors are the main influences on posture and health.

It is now number one on the Google search engine.

However, more recently I have discovered that they have also started a page called Poor posture, and plagiarised, or stolen the major elements of my theory, including the idea that the cause of health problems is sitting at a desk and repeatedly leaning forward, and not noticing the harmful effects until later.


I have therefore copied and pasted their page, and highlighted in bold the observations, theories, and ideas that they have stolen from my essays, which started in 1976, and my books, published between 1994 and 2000, and my website from 1994 to now. (May 2013)

The Posture Theory is one man's theory - Mine!!!

The illustration above, is my diagram, about my idea, called The Posture Theory where I have arranged it on YouTube video to show the effects on internal anatomy of repeatedly leaning forward.

You can click on that image to look at a 34 second YouTube video which shows the effect of poor posture on the neck, back, and jaw, and on compressing the lungs and internal anatomy.

You can also see my theory about how all of those symptoms have a physical cause (poor posture and (later) chest shape etc), and how sitting at a desk for long periods, or respeatedly leaning forward gradually causes the problems, which the person does not notice until later in life. The Wikipedia editors have seen that diagram, and know it's value, and so have stolen all of those ideas, but they won't use that diagram because it would be too obvious a breech of my copyright, and everyone would know where they got those ideas, and most of the other ideas below.

Some quotes from Wikipedia which show shameless and balatant theft of my intellectual property, some of which is evident from my diagram above, first drawn in 1980.


"After a time, poor posture feels normal and continues to regress further from correct posture . . .


When poor posture feels normal it becomes harder to correct . . .


Some ways of correcting poor posture do more damage than good . . .


If one is not in correct alignment, poor posture is the consequence . . .


If not amended correctly, one's posture can be further harmed and can lead to increasingly painful experiences . . .


Any distress in the spine, as well as other parts of the body can be increased due to prolonged periods of poor posture. . .


Poor posture will continue to digress the longer it is left uncorrected.


Poor posture can stem from many sources; one of the most significant sources deals with repetitive motion without frequent breaks . . .


If one spends a substantial part of one's day in a certain position without frequent reprieves, the spine tends to orient itself to that movement . . .


For example if someone is constantly leaning over to pick up objects, gradually the spine will start to develop a more exaggerated forward curve of the thoracic spine . . .


If not corrected, poor posture eventually feels normal . . .

Other causes include sustained immobile posture for long periods of time . . .


Low back pain is an increasing problem and can be aggravated by prolonged static posture . . .


Sitting for long periods is a great hindrance to good posture. Poor sitting posture is hard to rectify . . .


Poor posture is affected by prolonged periods of repeated motions, or remaining fixed in one particular position.

Backpacks and computer use are associated with spinal distortions.


(end of quotes which are examples of theft of my intelectual property).


They are shoving their copyright thieving behaviour in my face and saying 'we are too big to stop, so get used to it sucker'.


See the larger range of copyright thieving examples below.


If there are any honest and ethical, responsible, intelligent adult editors in Wikipedia I would also like you to put the full page about The Posture Theory back, and get the two editors

named WhatamIdoing and Gordonofcartoon permanently banned.


I began adding information about The Posture Theory in 2007, and they deleted it all, but it can be seen here..

They started a new page called Poor posture (redirected from an old one), at 11:22 on 14th March 2008 here.

The text of Wikipedia's page called poor posture of 7:25 on 8th May 2013 can be seen here.

The Wikipedia page called

Poor Posture


Latest revision as of 17:25, 8 May 2013

Not to be confused with abnormal posturing.

This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (March 2011)

Poor posture is the posture that results from certain muscles tightening up or shortening while others lengthen and become weak which often occurs as a result of one's daily activities. There are different factors which can impact on posture and they include occupational activities and biomechanical factors such as force and repetition. Risk factors for poor posture also include psychosocial factors such as job stress and strain. Workers who have higher job stress are more likely to develop neck and shoulder symptoms.
Contents [hide]
1 Who is at risk
2 Types of poor posture
3 What poor posture looks like
4 Risks
5 Causes of poor posture
5.1 Warnings concerning backpacks and computer use
6 Citations
7 References
Who is at risk [edit]

Studies have shown that drivers of trucks and public transport vehicles are at a greater risk of lower back and neck pain syndromes as well as other musculoskeletal disorders than clerical workers, partly because of their poor sitting posture and lack of breaks. Clerical workers who use a computer for extended periods are at greater risk of upper extremity and neck pain, especially on the side where the mouse is used. Further studies have implicated poor sitting posture in the development and perpetuation of neck pain syndromes. Sitting for long periods without interruption with poor posture has been shown to cause postural backache.
Poor posture can result in spinal and joint dysfunction as a result of muscle changes. Poor posture can result in short term but more likely long term pain or damage.
Types of poor posture [edit]


Poor posture can present in several ways:
It can present with rounded and elevated shoulders and a pushed-forward head position. This position places stress on the spine between the top of the neck and skull and the base of the neck and upper shoulders. There is a reduction in the stability of the shoulder blades resulting in changes to the movement pattern of the upper extremities.
It can present with a forward tilting of the hips, an increase in the curve of the lumbar spine, and a protruding stomach. This position places stress over both the hip joints and lower back.

What poor posture looks like [edit]

Poor posture is the result of musculoskeletal distortion in the neck, and lower and upper back. Most people think of poor posture as simply slumping over, but that is not necessarily the case.[1] Due to the variety of body types, incorrect posture differs from person to person.[2] One person's proper posture can be incorrect posture for someone else and vice versa. Nevertheless, there are ways to determine poor posture. Some of the classic signs of poor posture include having a pot belly, rounded shoulders, and a jutted out neck and chin.[1] Pot bellies result when the lower back experiences an exaggerated curve, thus pushing the internal organs, in the abdominal region of the body, toward the anterior of the body. Rounded shoulders and postural neck problems result from the excessive anterior curve of the cervical and thoracic spine.

Risks [edit]

There are numerous risks associated with poor posture. Poor posture can impede the ability of the lungs to expand.[1] Posture, when correct, helps to increases one's ability to breathe, and allows muscles to work at optimum capacity. When slumped over, the lungs have less room to contract and inflate, therefore, decreasing its capacity to obtain the maximum amount of oxygen needed.
Poor posture is also a main risk factor in many injuries. Many athletic injuries are the result of poor posture.
For example, the Journal of Athletic Training; May 2009 Supplement, states that "many overhead athletes suffer from shoulder pain due to poor posture." [3] According to Segen's Medical Dictionary the term overhead athletes refers to amateur or professional athletes who participate in overhead sports and are thus at risk of traumatic or degenerative injuries to the shoulder girdle. Overhead athletes are not the only ones at risk.


Poor posture injuries can be found everywhere.
Weight lifting, if not done correctly, can be detrimental to posture, and causes a lot of the neck and shoulder problems in countless athletes. Vern Gambetta, in her article Perfect Posture, states; "Overemphasis on the bench press can [hinder good posture], as it causes a round-shouldered posture." [4] The rounding of the shoulders can cause pain as stated in the University of California at Berkeley Wellness Letter; November 2000, "Increase in neck and shoulder pain may be due to the postural problems in the upper body including rounded shoulders and jutting the head forward.[5] Although the thoracic and lumbar spines are crucial factors in postural problem, they tend to overshadow the head or the cervical spine. An article in the February 2006 Consumer Reports on Health remarked that "Research has found, for example that letting your head jut forward is associated with neck, back and even jaw pain."[6] Some headaches are the result of poor head posture. The decrease and even loss of shoulder movement along with chronic pain, neck-related headaches and the decline in the ability to exercise as well as many other problems stem from poor posture.[3] Injuries and pain caused by poor posture span a wide variety of people. All areas of the spine are equally important when it comes to posture. Poor posture is a physical as well as an emotion problem. It affects mood, confidence and how one is viewed by others. In the January 1999 issue of Vegetarian Times, Karin Sullivan in her article "Perfect Posture" states, "Someone with collapsed or withdrawn body posture doesn't invite the same kind of interaction [as someone with good posture.]"[2] Most communication is associated with body language. Posture is a key aspect of body language. Slumping over closes one off to others. Someone who is already depressed can fall farther into depression because no one will come up to them because their posture indicates they don't want to be disturbed.
After a time, poor posture feels normal and continues to regress further from correct posture. Sullivan says this is "a [vicious] cycle where slouching and slumping pull the spine's vertebrae out of alignment, which in turn leads to muscle tension that can cause even more slumping and slouching".[2] When poor posture feels normal it becomes harder to correct because the muscle memory now stores the information needed for poor posture, and disposed of the memory for correct posture. Some ways of correcting poor posture do more damage than good. The old standard of soldiers with their shoulders thrust back, heads up while standing at attention causes the back to tense up and is extremely hard to sustain for long periods of time.[2] Posture is somewhat of a precision based practice. If one is not in correct alignment, poor posture is the consequence. If not amended correctly, one's posture can be further harmed and can lead to increasingly painful experiences. Any distress in the spine, as well as other parts of the body can be increased due to prolonged periods of poor posture.[7] Poor posture will continue to digress the longer it is left uncorrected.

Causes of poor posture [edit]

Poor posture can stem from many sources; one of the most significant sources deals with repetitive motion without frequent breaks. If one spends a substantial part of one's day in a certain position without frequent reprieves, the spine tends to orient itself to that movement. For example if someone is constantly leaning over to pick up objects, gradually the spine will start to develop a more exaggerated forward curve of the thoracic spine. Sullivan comments on poor posture saying; "These problems [poor posture] are often the result of chronic muscle tension, physical injuries or even emotional trauma, such as grief or depression. Conditions like these throw the musculoskeletal system out of alignment, and if not corrected, poor posture eventually feels normal."[2] Emotions, as wells as physical activities, affect the state of one's posture.
Other causes include sustained immobile posture for long periods of time. Taylor, Consmüller, and Rohlmann in their article "A novel system for the dynamic assessment of back shape" in the Medical Engineering & Physics journal, say: "Low back pain is an increasing problem and can be aggravated by prolonged static posture.[7] Sitting for prolonged periods is a great hindrance to good posture. Poor sitting posture is hard to rectify. Jenny Pynt in The Physiotherapy Theory & Practice journal states, "In sitting there is no one ideal posture, nor should one posture be sustained. Healthy sitting posture therefore is best thought of as an active not static phenomenon."[5] Poor posture is affected by prolonged periods of repeated motions, or remaining fixed in one particular position.

Warnings concerning backpacks and computer use
Backpacks and computer use are associated with spinal distortions. The Sept/Oct edition of American Fitness in their article "Get in Straight: Simple Steps to Improve Your Posture" quote Dr. Thielman who "cautions against carrying backpacks that weigh more than 20 pounds, attempting to lift object that are too heavy and repetitively making the same moves without taking frequent breaks. Any one of these activities encourages the forward leaning motion that causes poor posture and back problems." [8] Computer use and backpacks both favor the anterior leaning of the upper portion of the body. The weight of the backpack causes the shoulders to slump forward to compensate for the extra weight. The posture in which one has while carrying a backpack affects one's unloaded posture. In the article "Adolescent standing postural response to backpack loads: a randomised controlled experimental study" in the 2002 edition of BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 3 Grimmer et al. notes; "Unloaded posture that habitually deviates from gravitational alignment has been associated with spinal pain."[9] When one becomes accustomed to slumped shoulders when carrying a backpack, the action affects normal unloaded posture.
Computer use is also problematic concerning posture
. An article in Consumer Reports on Health sates, "The journal of electromyography and kinesiology found that poor posture among computer users is an independent risk factor for musculoskeletal disorders of the neck and shoulders."[10] By itself, computer use can put one in severe health situations. It deforms the thoracic and cervical spine to a point where serious wellbeing concerns are foreseeable. Steve Marshal in his article "Oh, My Aching Back!" in Occupational Health & Safety journal observes; "we do not as a whole, sit with proper posture when using our computers.' 'We slouch, we hunch over and perhaps we sit cross-legged or curl our legs under our seats."[11] This computer posture encourages us to bend forward when not using the computer. The worst aspect of carrying backpacks and computer use is that it is a larger part of everyday life for many people. Consequently, people are in sustained periods of poor posture. The prolonged action that encourages bad posture, only leads to increased poor posture.


All of the information which I have highlighted in bold can be found in my 1000 page book, published between 1993 and 2000, which is now available as an eBook here


However, the editors who have stolen my information, ideas, and research, are pretending that they got exactly the same information from the citations below, which are dated from 2002 to 2013.

Citations [edit]

^ a b c "Posture and back health. Paying attention to posture can help you look and feel better."p. 6-7.
^ a b c d e Sullivan, Karin Horgan. "Perfect Posture." p.64.
^ a b "Free Communications, Oral Presentations: Shoulder & Scapula Interventions." p.S11-S12.
^ Gambetta , Vern. "Perfect Posture."
^ a b Julius, Andrea. "Shoulder posture and median nerve sliding."p.23-27
^ "Position yourself to stay well." p.8-9.
^ a b Taylor, William R. "A novel system for the dynamic assessment of back shape." p.1080-1083.
^ "Get in Straight: Simple Steps to Improve Your Posture." p.47.
^ Grimmer, Karen. "Adolescent standing postural response to backpack loads: a randomised controlled experimental study."p.10.
^ "Position yourself to stay well." p.8-9.
^ Marshall, Steve. "Oh, My Aching Back!."p.118

References [edit]

"Free Communications, Oral Presentations: Shoulder & Scapula Interventions." Journal of Athletic Training 44. May 2009. S11-S12. Academic Search Premier. Database. 14 Sep 2011.>
< Gambetta , Vern. "Perfect Posture." Monementum Media. Momentum Media, Mar 2006. Web. 21 Sep 2011. <>.>
< "Get in Straight: Simple Steps to Improve Your Posture." American Fitness 27.5 Sep/Oct 2009. 47. Academic Search Premier. Database. 14 Sep 2011.>
< Grimmer, Karen, Brenton Dansie, Steve Milanese, Ubon Pirunsan, and Patricia Trott. "Adolescent standing postural response to backpack loads: a randomised controlled experimental study." BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 3. (2002): 10. Academic Search Premier. Database. 14 Sep 2011.>
< Julius, Andrea, Rebecca Lees, Andrew Diley, and Lynn Bruce. "Shoulder posture and median nerve sliding." BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 5. (2004): 23-27. Academic Search Premier. Database. 14 Sep 2011.>
< Marshall, Steve. "Oh, My Aching Back!." Occupational Health & Safety 71.6 June 2002. 118. Academic Search Premier. Database. 14 Sep 2011.>
<"Position yourself to stay well." Consumer Reports on Health 18.2 Feb 2006. 8-9. Academic Search Premier. Database. 14 Sep 2011.>
<"Posture and back health. Paying attention to posture can help you look and feel better." Harvard Women's Health Watch 12. Aug 2005. 6-7. MEDLINE. Database. 14 Sep 2011
< Julius, Andrea, Rebecca Lees, Andrew Diley, and Lynn Bruce. "Shoulder posture and median nerve sliding." BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 5. (2004): 23-27. Academic Search Premier. Database. 14 Sep 2011>
< Sullivan, Karin Horgan. "Perfect Posture." Vegetarian Times 257 Jan 1999. 64. Academic Search Premier. Database. 14 Sep 2011.>
< Taylor, William R., Tobias Consmüller, and Antonius Rohlmann. "A novel system for the dynamic assessment of back shape." Medical Engineering & Physics. 32.9 Nov 2010. 1080-1083. Academic Search Premier. Database. 14 Sep 2011.>
< Johnson , Jeremy. "Bad Posture." NASM. National Academy of Sports Medicine CPT, Mar 2013. <>.>

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As of the 8th May 2013 the Wikipedia page called Poor posture had only 11 citations which were not dated.

It had only 14 references, 2 of which were websites, and 12 of which were articles published between 1999 and 2006, and 4 since 2007 when my theory was put into Wikipedia and deleted.

i.e. 30 years after my essay was published, and ten years after my printed books were published

My book had 1000 pages, and 130 references, including one from 460 BC, 2 from the 17th century, 6 from the 19th century, and the remainder from the 20th century.


For editors to delete the page about my book from Wikipedia, and yet keep the current article about poor posture, is ridiculous.



I proved that the cause of undetectable symptoms was biomechanical and that the old psychological theories were wrong


Prior to my research in 1975, the dominant medical opinion, and the most widely promoted idea, was that diseases which did not show up on blood tests or x-rays, were not physical in nature, and were therefore just the trivial or imaginary symptoms caused by psychological factors, and were generally diagnosed as anxiety states, hypochondria, or hysteria.

However, for five years I made detailed observations of each symptom, and was eventually able to identify that all of those symptoms were due to the long term effects of repeatedly leaning toward a desk to read and wright throughout the day.

In the early stages those symptoms were relieved in the evening when I was involved in non-sedentary activities, but after a few years the damage caused during the day left me with pain and fatigue all throughout the evening etc.

I came to the conclusion that the cause was constant or repeated postural compression of the chest and abdomen which crushed the internal organs such as the lungs and stomach, and led to breathlessness, faintness, fatigue, and stomach pain.

About a decade later, I found an illustration of the internal anatomy of nineteenth century women who wore tight whalebone corsets which compressed their chest and abdomen, and left them with exactly the same set of symptoms. Namely breathlessness, and faintness, where they became easily exhausted by the slightest effort.

I used that as empirical evidence and proof that the cause was biomechanical and not psychological.

If I was a doctor I would have been given the Nobel Prize for Medicine for solving a 2000 old mystery, which the best researchers in the world had been trying to solve for more than 100 years.


Unfortunately I also created a difficult situation for doctors, and all people have their pride and dignity.

They would be kicking themselves for not noticing the obvious, and for leaving the door open for someone else to do it.

They would have begrudged the fact that one supposedly mentally weak patient solved the problem, instead of the worlds top researchers.

Some of them believe that you need to get university medical qualifications, and then spend 20 years doing research before you earn the right to make major discoveries, and that is their territory, and theirs alone.


However, it was my problem, and they couldn't solve it so I had to, or suffer, and, at the young age of 25, I was not going to spend the remainder of my life waiting for someone else to do it, so I did it myself.


There are obviously some doctors who resent me for making that discovery, and for proving them wrong, so they try their hardest to ensure that my name and ideas are kept out of the formal medical literature, so that the vast majority of people never know what I did, or that I exist.

Some of them also act out of spite, and seek revenge by branding me, and everything I study, with hundreds of psychiatric labels, and call me a worthless, fringy kook, so that no-one ever learns the truth.

However, they need the ideas and the methods of treatment, so they steal them, and pretend that conventional scientists thought of them, and they make money by using them as treatment methods and charging a fee, and literally hundreds of millions of patients benefit from them without ever knowing who developed the theories on cause and treatment.


There is also the fact that psychiatry did not exist as a profession in the early nineteenth century, and that it came to be as the result of the mistaken assumption that the women of that time were breathless and easily exhausted because of emotional and psychological issues in their lives.

However, the real cause of the breathlessness, the faintness, and fatigue was their tight waisted corsets, worn constantly, in some cases, since the age of four, and which had waist diameters adulthood as narrow as 12 inches. Fourteen inch corset were readily available as standard garments in the fashion shops of London.

When the symptoms became unbearable, the women would unlace their corsets, and lay on a chaise lounges, to improve their breathing and get blood flowing to the brain to relieve the faintness and fatigue.

The harmful effects of corsets became widely known because of public debates in the early 20th century, and soon went out of fashion for that reason.

However, modern psychiatrists don't want the public to know that, so they try to convince people that it was due to changes in emotional, social, and cultural factors.

It was not due to emotional factors, but was due to the fact that the corsets crushed their chests and lungs, and the abdomens and stomachs, and with the change to the fashion of loose garments, those horrendous health problems became a thing of the past, and remain only in their modern form where the cause is less severe biomechanical factors such as physique, spine shape, and chest shape, and sedentary activity etc.


When a page about The Posture Theory was added to Wikipedia in 2007, everything was going smoothly, and other editors were helping with the page layout etc.

It basically said that poor posture strains the spine to cause neck and backaches, and compresses the chest and abdomen to cause faintness, fatigue and abdominal pain.

Nobody made any negative comments, but when I suggested adding the word hypochondria, it became . . .

poor posture strains the spine and compresses the chest and abdomen to cause the symptoms of hypochondria which includes neck and back aches, chest pains, breathlessness, and abdominal pains.

Within a few hours six anonymous editors rushed into the page and one after another, in quick succession, said . . .

Speedy delete, Delete, Speedy delete, Delete, Delete, Delete, Delete.


If their was a genuine or sensible, or valid reason for that article being deleted, then they would have deleted it earlier, and they would have all given the same reason.

However, there was not a genuine reason. They simply wanted to get rid of any theory which proved that 100 years of psychiatric theory was wrong, so that the readers, and the public couldn't see it.

They didn't even bother to co-ordinate their efforts, and so rushed in, and used a wide variety of Wikipedia's rules as their excuse.

For example, one said . . . "copyright violation".

Another said . . . "original research edited by a single-purpose account".

A third said . . . "Non-notable in any case".

A fourth said that it was a "FRINGE" (fringe theory).

A fifth said . . . "one guy's theory".

in other words they didn't accuse me of breaking one rule, but of breaking several unrelated rules all at the same time.

It was quite obvious that none of them gave a dam about any of the rules, they were just using them as their excuse to get the page deleted.

See here.


One other person, who said that my theory had helped her understand her own problems, and who assisted me by being an independent person who added that page said . . .

"Do no delete. This could help a lot of people!"


Why The Posture Theory was deleted from Wikipedia

In 2007 a woman sent me an email saying that she had read my book and was pleased that it had helped her to understand her own health problems.

I later sent her an email saying that I was thinking of placing an account of the idea for a page in Wikipedia, but said that according to their rules it was preferable to get someone else to do a review. I therefore asked her if she would be prepared to do that.

She agreed, so I wrote a summary of my thousand page book, and sent it to her to rewrite in her own words, if it was consistent with her understanding of it.

She did rewrite an excellent version of that information from her own point of view, and posted it into Wikipedia.

She had my permission and approval, and did not claim it to be her own idea, but described it as being developed by me, so she was complying with all of the laws of ethics and copyright in relation to my intellectual property.


Everything proceeded well, with other editors improving it in various ways, such as layout, and it presented the idea that poor posture strained the spine to cause neck and back ache, and compressed the chest and abdomen to cause many symptoms.

However, I then asked her to add the word hypochondria, and it then became . . .

poor posture causes many physical symptoms which were previously regarded as the imaginary symptoms of hypochondria.

Almost immediately six editors rushed into the discussions with words of "Delete, delete, delete, delete. etc. as if throwing some sort of temper tantrum, and then removed it.


A few months later a few anonymous editors broke all of the rules of ethics and the law, by reading my book and website, and extracting the most important observations, and my original ideas, the evidence which I used to support them from my study of the subject and it's history.

They then started and developed a new page for Wikipedia, and should have been honest and called it . . .

A Review of The Posture Theory

A book by Max Banfield

However, they gave it the title of "Poor posture", and then unethically, and illegally, did not mention that they got the information from my 1000 page book and website, or state that it was my intellectual property, and they gave the fraudulent opinion that they got it from a variety of other sources.

By May 20th 2013, 37 ID's, anonymous, and automatic editors had made 50 edits and given 11 citations, and 14 references.

see the edit history here, and the contributors here, and the page here.


You can see my book here and my website main page here, and the legal summary of my book, with the broader aspects included below . . .


The following words are from the Wikipedia page about my book, before it was deleted.

The Posture Theory
The Posture Theory is a concept used to explain why many people experience a variety of backaches, chest and stomach pains, and other symptoms without any particular diagnoses.
Previously, the symptoms had been regarded as the imaginary complaints of those with hypochondria, because there was no x-ray evidence of disease.

The actual cause of many of these symptoms remained a mystery until the publication of a 1980 essay entitled "The Matter Of Framework." In it, author M. A. Banfield first described how leaning forward with a stooped spine compresses the chest and abdomen resulting in stomach and chest pains, palpitations and breathlessness. In addition, the pressure on air and blood vessels in the chest can result in faintness and fatigue. After years of crooked posture, he postulates, the stooped spine alters the shape of the body’s organs, causing a multitude of symptoms.

The cause remained a mystery because
1. there was no immediate link between cause and effect, and
2. not everyone with poor posture develops such symptoms.

Why? Because other factors contribute, such as a stooped spine, sedentary work (which involves leaning toward a desk), and tight corsets or blets which reduce the chest and the abdominal space.

According to Banfield, slouching pushes the stomach into a vertical rather than horizontal position. Reformed this way, the stomach functions less efficiently, and can result in impaired digestion.

Palpitations can be felt when the chest in pushed back against the heart so the beating is more readily felt on the chest wall.

Banfield goes on to say people with sideways curvature of the spine, have one shoulder lower than the other. When such a person leans toward a desk, as to write, for instance, the spine twists, and the lower tip of their breastbone stabs the stomach, producing pain, weakness, and tenderness.

Another example is low quality vocal sounds that are produced when the a stooped head compresses the throat. For this, postural improvement methods, such as “The Alexander Technique,” have been used by both singers and radio announcers to straighten and strengthen the vocal cords for clear vocal quality.

Pressure on the lungs makes it difficult to take a full breath so the person will tend to take several quick deep breaths every few minutes.

The effect of leaning toward a desk is subtle, but patients find it difficult to sit still and constantly move about in their chairs or get up often to walk about. They seem to be generally restless and ultimately develop insomnia.


Symptoms are more common during pregnancy when the enlarging womb presses against the heart and lungs, and when the increasing weight of the baby puts pressure on the abdominal veins. Women have reported relief when laying down and rolling from side to side.


In his play RICHARD III, Shakespeare seems to have seen the connection between pressure and symptoms when he wrote: "Oh, cut laces in sunder, that my pent heart may have some scope to beat, or else I swoon."

Translated into modern English and Posture Theory context would be: " Oh, cut the laces of my corset to relieve the pressure on my heart which is confined to such a small chest, so that it can have room to beat, and allow the blood to flow from my feet to my brain, or else I will faint."

Indeed, the symptoms were more commonly reported by corseted city girls than loosely- clothed country girls.

The corset compressed the waist and was responsible for countless illnesses and the fainting spells that were so common in the nineteenth century. Women typically relieved the faint by unlacing their corsets, which reduced the pressure on their waists, and by laying down on chaise lounges to allow the free flow of blood between their feet and their brains.

However, women did not believe the connection because they could not see the distorting affect the corsets had on their internal organs.

Only an anatomist could see the horrendous effects the corset had on deforming the insides of a woman.

Anatomists often cut open a woman after she died and saw the compressed and twisted stomach, liver and womb. Statistics showed that women who wore the tightest corsets had the shortest life expectancy.

Fortunately, the corset era came to an end during World War I. The men went to war while the women went to work in munitions factories. There, they could not get enough air into their lungs to do the heavy manual work until they discarded their corsets in favor of loose factory clothing.

The impetus of the theory was Banfield's own healing of his Da Costa's syndrome.

Between 1991 and 2000, he expanded the theory into a 1000-page book with more than 100 references and 300 illustrations. Now in its 11th edition, the book is carried in public, school, and university libraries worldwide.