For people who have contacted me asking for evidence supporting Dr. Mackliff’s BEAM Procedure for schizophrenia, I offer this advice.
Please go to Dr. Mackliff’s book Schizophrenia and Parkinson Surgery and my book, co-authored by Dr. Mackliff, A Life Worth Living – Schizophrenia Alternative Treatment, Suzanne Ayer Patterson and Dr. Jose R. Mackliff, both available on Amazon.com. His book has 12 case studies with lengths of schizophrenia from one to 22 years. Outside evidence endorsing Dr. Mackliff’s work is not available; his surgery serves no profit interest either for psychiatrists, many of whom receive payments from the drug industry, or for the drug industry. One only has to look at the case of http://www.burzynskiclinic.com/, Dr. Burzynski who found a cure for malignant brain cancer and other cancers, who has a legal clinic in Texas, and who was persecuted for 20 years by the FDA for not submitting his treatment for FDA approval. His patients and their family members presented the success from his treatments to senate sub-committees four times. Now the FDA allows clinical trials in cases where chemotherapy and radiation therapy are not recommended (case of children). This is only after they could find no fault with Dr. Burzinski and his treatment. They are still trying to take his medical license from him, and the legal expenses have cost him millions of dollars.
People who go to Dr. Mackliff for the BEAM surgery, do it based on the testimonies of people who have had the treatment and their faith in the doctor.
It is curious that nobody asks for evidence supporting antipsychotic drug treatments approved by the FDA and which are the only allowed treatment for schizophrenia in the United States.
One does not need to research far to see that the drugs are approved after six weeks trials (Seroquel). Few of the drugs have been tested at the doses prescribed nor for duration of time for which they are prescribed.
Side effects from antipsychotics including suicide have been minimized in studies supported by the pharmaceutical industry. There have been a multitude of legal suits against the pharmaceutical companies for false marketing and dangerous side effects.
Anointed with names like Abilify and Geodon, the drugs were given to a broad swath of patients, from preschoolers to octogenarians. Today, more than a half-million youths take antipsychotic drugs, and fully one-quarter of nursing-home residents have used them. Yet recent government warnings say the drugs may be fatal to some older patients and have unknown effects on children.
The new generation of antipsychotics has also become the single biggest target of the False Claims Act, a federal law once largely aimed at fraud among military contractors. Every major company selling the drugs — Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly, Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson — has either settled recent government cases for hundreds of millions of dollars or is currently under investigation for possible health care fraud.
Two of the settlements, involving charges of illegal marketing, set records last year for the largest criminal fines ever imposed on corporations. One involved Eli Lilly’s antipsychotic, Zyprexa; the other involved a guilty plea for Pfizer’s marketing of a pain pill, Bextra. In the Bextra case, the government also charged Pfizer with illegally marketing another antipsychotic, Geodon; Pfizer settled that part of the claim for $301 million, without admitting any wrongdoing.