UPDATE: The following is a post posted on Schizophrenia Caregivers blog today, March 11th with Dr. Mackliff’s and my comments:
My son had BEAM surgery 2,5 years ago. I think recovery rates are not accurate. Because he did not recover yet . And I spoke with that Man who had catatonic schizophrenia. He recovered 50%, he is normal on medication. But he was not able reduce doses now he had surgery 7 years ago. He can not leave medication because symptoms come back. He is on same amount of medication, as he was taken before surgery. I spoke with him myself. This lady that had surgery at 40 I spoke with her sister, she told me her sister fully recovered. Regarding my son, he had improvements but that’s about it. He is on high doses of meds, and nothing else happen. He is same with symptoms as before surgery. Now it’s been 2,5 years after surgery. Dr. Mackliff sad he has those people who recovered, and all his patient recover, not true. My son is still same. Recovery rates are not accurate in the book and on web site. There are other people who did not recover after surgery.
Comment by Dr. J R Mackliff:
Schizophrenia plus BEAM equals total success
Schizophrenic patients who suffer from another associated disorder, such as mental retardation, epilepsy, childhood sexual abuse, chronic toxic addiction, head injury, schizophrenic dementia and severe personality disorder only get an improvement, because they have suffered severe mental impairment.
Comment by author of site:
I’m the person with the website representing BEAM and I interviewed Daniel and Narcisa. I spoke with him four years after his surgery, and he told me that his life was normal then. Since writing my website, I have communicated with three persons who said the surgery was not successful for their children. Daniel had also told me that it took three years to recover. Since he was catatonic and not able to do anything, his current life is a big improvement. Perhaps the scale for “normal” is different after BEAM surgery and starts lower based on symptoms before surgery.
Dr. Mackliff doesn’t use the word “cure”, he says that the BEAM surgery eliminates the symptoms of schizophrenia. There are a lot of testimonials on my and Dr. Mackliff’s sites that attest to a complete recovery and large change in quality of life. There are phone numbers and contact information on several of the testimonials. I can send you some also. Perhaps, my website is too slanted toward the ones who did recover. I try to print other experiences in my blog, as I will with your blog entry.
Thank you for communicating your experience,
This is a continuation to my previous email. My understanding of the BEAM process is that it changes one of the causes of schizophrenia; that is, too much adrenaline produced due to the stress of schizophrenia. In this way, the person doesn’t go back to how they were before the surgery. Also, there are degrees of functionality with schizophrenia, and perhaps these affect the outcome after the surgery. The patients who wrote the testimonials were in a desperate situation, and received great relief from
their symptoms after surgery.
To say that Dr. Mackliff is only interested in making money is very unfair. He is passionate about relieving the suffering of those with schizophrenia and committed himself to 40 years of research to come up with a solution. This was entirely self-funded since research on schizophrenia is only funded by the drug industry which has no interest in healing psych-somatic illnesses. I met Mackliff and was very impressed by both his compassion and professionalism. That is why I am a proponent of BEAM and continue to make his work known in North America.