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Bi-Polar vs Schizo-Affective Disorder

Schizophrenia is commonly mis-diagnosed as bi-polar disorder. The closest most accurate diagnosis is schizo-affective disorder, described as an irregular type of schizophrenia by psychiatrists. In this disorder, characteristics of schizophrenia are combined with the mood swings of bi-polar. Patients with this disease should be advised to watch for depressive episodes and the risk of suicide. We were not advised. The famous Amen Clinic prides itself on its accurate diagnoses, but fails to give any practical advice on how this diagnosis differs from regular schizophrenia. Antipsychotic drug treatment is the first line of treatment given for both diseases.

Schizoaffective Disorder

Like other psychotic disorders, schizoaffective disorder can be a difficult diagnosis to determine. The patient must meet all the criteria for schizophrenia and have significant mood symptoms. It must then be determined that the mood symptoms are not causing the psychotic symptoms. To do this the doctor takes a careful history to know whether there have been psychotic symptoms even when there have been no mood symptoms.

Bi-Polar Disorder Misunderstood as Schizophrenia

Bipolar disorder is often confused with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder, but it is not the same illness. It is a mood disorder characterized by manic, depressed, or mixed mood states. Symptoms of mania include an elevated or irritable mood, grandiosity, decreased need for sleep, racing thoughts, distractibility, agitation, poor impulse control, and pressured speech. Depressive symptoms include a sad mood, guilty feelings, poor appetite, and weight change. A mixed state has characteristics of both manic and depressed states at the same time.

The difference between bipolar disorder and schizoaffective disorder is that in bipolar disorder the mood is the predominant symptom, and it is cyclical in nature. When the mood symptoms remit, the patient returns to normal functioning. In schizoaffective disorder, the mood symptoms may clear, but other symptoms persist.

Schizophrenia

The symptoms used to diagnose schizophrenia were described to me by Dr. Jose Mackliff, an Ecuadorian psychiatrist and scientist who was the Director of the Schizophrenia Ward at Luis Vernaza Hospital for thirteen years and developed BEAM Procedure for schizophrenia. For thirteen years, he observed the suffering of his patients, knowing that the antipsychotics couldn’t help them and only kept them sedated. Instead of becoming depressed, he became excited about the metabolism behind schizophrenia.

At the beginning of the disease, there is isolation, loss of student activity, deterioration of personal hygiene, and strange ideas that manifest in the person. In the middle of the process, strange, delusional ideas; ideas of greatness; religious ideas without content of persecution; persecutory ideas; auditory hallucinations of more than two words not related to depression; loss of thought association and poverty of content; magic thoughts; clairvoyance; telepathy; inappropriate emotions; and disorganized behavior. If a patient has any of these symptoms during the stages of the disease, it is schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia as a Functional Disorder

This description came from interviews with Dr. Mackliff and is based on observations he made in his patients before and after they had the BEAM (bilateral electro-coagulation of adrenal medulla) surgery. He describes schizophrenia as beginning in the hypothalamus-pituitary-thyroid axis:

The axis is formed by three hormones: glucagon, cortisol and adrenaline, but in the schizophrenic patient adrenaline is failing to arrive in the axis, and this develops metabolic problems, energy problems inside the neuron. In other words, a series of factors causing intra-cerebral communication disorders between the thalamus and the cortex, and this is the schizophrenic process. Dr. Mackliff hypothesized that too much adrenaline is produced in schizophrenics. The brain therefore blocks the entry of blood adrenaline into the HPTA axis. Dr. Mackliff saw that by eliminating the hormone adrenaline from its source, the adrenal medulla glands, the brain would compensate by producing nor-adrenaline. This source of adrenaline goes directly into the HPTA axis, restoring the right amount of cerebral dopamine in the limbic region of the brain.

In the brain, dopamine functions as a neurotransmitter—a chemical released by nerve cells to send signals to other nerve cells. The brain includes several distinct dopamine systems, one of which plays a major role in reward-motivated behavior. Most types of reward increase the level of dopamine in the brain, and a variety of addictive drugs increase dopamine neuronal activity. Other brain dopamine systems are involved in motor control and in controlling the release of several other important hormones. Schizophrenia is a result of an excessive amount of dopamine in the limbic region of the brain.

Dr. Jose R. Mackliff, BEAM Cure founder, Historical Letter

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Dr. Jose R. Mackliff

Guayaquil, April 10 2018

I was alone in my office, but surrounded by the majesty of thought that arises from the tranquility of the environment and surrounded by an immense desire to express so many ideas that surrounded my conscience and it is then that I decided to concretize them in these notes.

These notes have a historical function in psychiatric medicine and are dedicated to my psychiatric colleagues, My wife Fanny, my son Jose, the lawyer Miguel Martínez Dávalos, Mr. Dn Marcelo Varas Guerrero and the relatives of the mentally ill.

Today April 10 2018 a few months after having completed 50 years of graduation, I have prepared to write these notes because they have spent 11 long years of hard medical work and in the course of them I have been happy and pleased to have fulfilled my duty and my desire to solve a couple of unfortunate questions that have throbbed inside me and in the hearts of all psychiatric colleagues.

The first is my most painful question and was the stimulus that has accompanied me throughout my research. It is the following. Because after a century of psychiatric research, schizophrenia should continue accompanying a human being to the grave?

The second is :
It is or not an immense misfortune to live without reason and to die without repentance, without an act of contrition and not be able to say goodbye with sanity to humans and the LORD with peace of mind?

It has been eleven years since having solved these questions which makes me share my happiness with my family and friends, as well as with the relatives of the sick and patients.

Eleven years ago, after deep physiological reflection I was able to project conclusions and make decisions before discovering that I was on the path that other researchers had drawn and a wonderful abstraction accompanied me to take a few steps further, which allowed me to discover the solution to schizophrenia a new surgery in which they are practiced with two small cuts one on top of each kidney.

I would like to invite those greats who preceded me, Freeman, Altschule, Dide Girard, Shattock, Hosking, Vaisanen to the happy contemplation of that wonderful show in which alienation and delirium give way to sanity and good sense after three hours of surgery of a schizophrenic patient. 

This comes to me as an exceptional and unique show that is to observe the fading of the symptoms within three hours of the patient’s operation, as well as the congratulations of the family members wrapped in a chest of sincere gratitude.

I personally expressed to a few and distinguished members of the society of psychiatry, my gratitude for having honored this scientific event and received from them an endorsement of my research, although the vast majority has honored me with immense silence. In the meantime, I say, but it is not like the silence of peace, but rather like a laconic and cautious silence, but one that seems to shout its own recognition in great voices.

As a general form I want to express something that I always preach.

All men are selfish and we have a lot of materialism, but the important thing is that selfishness does not turn into injustice and especially into that injustice next to abuse or vileness.

For me it is obligatory to emphasize the fact that all my terms come from my human feeling and from the need that as a psychiatrist I have to express the happiness that I feel at this moment as the most important of my life and that is based on the cornerstone of my existence as a professional and psychiatrist

Before losing inspiration and avoiding entering into issues as deep as the personalities of each one, I ask the LORD for a blessing, as well as for all my relatives, colleagues and friends who have penetrated these lines out of my cell interstices.

Dr Jose Romeo Mackliff

Medical surgeon- Psychiatrist

Professional member of the New York Academy of Sciences

Interview with Ecuadorian BEAM Patient, May 2015, five years after BEAM

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Interview with Narcisa by Suzanne Patterson

This is a clear message from a woman who had 25 years of schizophrenia before submitting to BEAM surgery. The interview took place five years after having BEAM surgery. It clearly conveys what a person with schizophrenia can expect, recovering after BEAM.

Hello, my name is Narcisa Valencia.  I am 45 years old, and I live here, in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

 (For how long did you have the Schizophrenia symptoms, before having the BEAM procedure?)

I started to show schizophrenia symptoms since I was in school around 15-18 years-old.

(What were your symptoms when you had Schizophrenia?)

I came to have BEAM procedure when I was 40 years old, so it has been five years since my surgery, and my symptoms, they always were there, I had perceptions, I thought that my family didn’t love me, I was totally out of focus, I couldn’t concentrate in my studies, I was a very good student , but after all this started, I couldn’t  sleep, I had problems to establish relationships, and I stopped going out of the house. My siblings always have been there for me, but I always was rejecting them, and after the surgery this has been changing, I even lost weight; I weighed 300 pounds before the surgery. The surgery has helped me a lot, and it’s not just me who says it; my family and my friends can confirm it. I do sales for a living, my sister prepares sandwiches and I am the one who sells them, and the clients tell me: “Narcisa, I don’t know what you are doing, but I see you getting better and better every day”. To tell you the truth I am not aware of this, but I have been getting a lot better.

(How old were you when you first start showing the symptoms?)

I started showing the symptoms when I was around 15 -18 years old.

Were you treated by other Psychiatrists during this time?)

Yes, I went to see several doctors, some of them very prominent doctors, from here in Guayaquil and Quito, and when I was 40 years old my family was giving up on me, labeling me as a mental sick person, because I had a very serious crisis. Before this, I had another crisis  at the age of 19 years, at that time I went to see Dr. Salvador Peralta, one of the Psychiatrist here in Ecuador, he ordered me to be admitted at the Hospital, so all my family members pull together some money and Dr. Peralta tried several therapies including hypnosis. So, I felt better, I got out, started going to College and everything was fine, in 1997 we moved from the house we rented for almost 20 years, but in the new place I felt that the neighbors didn’t want me, I wasn’t feeling well, and I had another crisis, my family took me again to Dr. Peralta.

(Were you in Antipsychotic treatment also?)

I was taking risperidone.

(How did you first find out about Dr Macliff?)

I knew about Dr Mackliff, because my family was always looking for the best doctor, when we were young we all came to see a Naturopath doctor in Quito, we traveled there, the same happened with Dr Macliff, my whole family has been treated by him, even this sister here with me, He has helped her with her Diabetics, with some vaccines that he has developed. I thank him very much, I thank my family.

(After you had the surgery, what changes did you notice in yourself?)

After the surgery, I started getting better, first of all I can sleep now, before, I was in my bed unable to sleep at all, even though the next day I had to do my daily activities and I was feeling terrible. Now, I sleep like a baby, my sister sometimes asked me if I heard anything during the night, but no, my sleep is very comforting now. Another thing I feel after the surgery is this sensation of security, before I would tremble at the least thing, now I feel more secure in myself. I feel the love of my family, I can see how they worry about me, I am more conscious of what is happening around me, before I was like as if I wasn’t here, just living without living.

THE SISTER:

Changes I saw in my sister, well, before the surgery she had a very serious crisis, in which she attacked one of our sisters, and it was right at that moment that we in our family realized how big our problem with Narcisa was, and my siblings went to visit the two best Psychiatrists in Guayaquil, both had already treated her previously and both told us that She was hopeless, that she had no remedy and that they recommended the best thing to do with her was to send her to the Psychiatric Hospital and keep her there until her death. Their only solution was to keep her sedated almost 100% of the time, and that we would have to accept these facts and come to visit her just on the Visitation Day, Sundays. 

SO, after this terrible crisis we all had to move to my brother’s bedroom, inside the same house, because of her attacks, she tried to attack our parents too, and we were afraid that she would attack us all too. 

So we were all in my brother’s bedroom, and then my brother was watching a TV program called “Al Rojo Vivo” where they say: “There is a solution for schizophrenia, and it is in Guayaquil”, so my brother says, Let’s go!, let’s see this Doctor, we have nothing to lose, since the other doctors gave us no hope or solution for her situation. So, my parents and my siblings all came to see him and he told us about the surgery, at first this seemed illogical to us, didn’t make any sense to us, considering what the other doctors had told us before. Anyway, she came to see him and that very night after her first visit to his office, she looked peaceful, so we started seeing some hope to her problem, and after we raised all the money, we came to ask Dr Macliff to do the procedure.

He made the first interviews with her and after the third day we noticed how calm she looked, in the first 15 days after the surgery, while she was still in recovery, we saw how she could tolerate my other sister. One of the events that I remember, one event that gave us all a light of hope, was on December 24 of 2012, the same year of the procedure, she started to get ready to go out for Christmas Eve Dinner, we spent several years without seeing her at these dinners, because she never wanted to do it, and she was very happy at the dinner, sharing, talking, smiling with our parents, with our siblings, and since then everything has been evolving for good, not suddenly because it’s not like from one day to the other everything is going to change, it’s a process, but she is really living.

This procedure gives life to whoever has Schizophrenia, and not just only for the patient, but for the whole family of the sick person, because this disease affects everybody in a family, because during the crisis everybody gets affected, one way or the other. That’s why I dare to say to everyone watching this interview, and having someone in his family with this disease, not to wait that long to make the decision to do this procedure. Thank You.

(Can you tell me how your daily life is now?)

Well, I am adapting myself to the changes easily, right now, after the earthquake we had here in Pedernales Ecuador, we have family there, we are a little afraid, but besides that I want to continue studying, I finished the career of Psychology in Education, and I would like to study Medicine, I have been recompiling books, and a lot of things related to Medicine. I do sales every day, since I was in College one of my classmates told me I had a gift to do it, I think so it is, my dad and some other relatives had done it for a living, so maybe it’s in my blood. My sister here, prepares pizza or meals, and I go out to sell these, it’s a little complicated nowadays due to the delinquency; people trust me, you know, and they buy from me, for now that’s what I do, I sell from house to house to hospitals, to malls, close to my house, because I don’t like to take public transportation alone, I don’t like to be among too much people by myself, so, every day, I get ready, get out, make my sales, come back home and give my sisters the money.

(Do you have any message to young people with Schizophrenia in the US?)

It’s hard!, it’s very hard!. Because I felt that I was born again. My life started at the age of 40 years old, because, before that I was very bad, very bad, and even though all this I finished College, got my degree, I wasn’t a burden for my family, but I wasn’t ok. Now it’s a 360-degree change, a change for good.

(Do you any message for the familiess of young people with Schizophrenia?)

Sister – Angel:

My message for anybody watching this video, as I said before, don’t wait too long to embrace this solution, a solution of life, because this solution saves not just the patient’s life, but the entire family’s life, this disease affects not just the patient, or the family, the friends also. So, I hope that this solution, not so far from now, can be performed in many Hospital around the world, and that young men being prepared to become psychiatrists, analyze this procedure, its pros and cons, and that they realize it is the best solution.

We have proved it with my sister, after 25 years with Schizophrenia, a case diagnosed as hopeless by two prominent doctors, and now she has said in her own words, she has been born again. We can give this gift to someone that we love, so he can live also, not just lying there in a bed, taking a medicine that just keep him sleeping almost 100% of the time, like a living dead. No, after this surgery, they live again, they have dreams again, projects, like my sister and I, we have projects together, I can count on her, and she has her own personal projects. So yes, there’s a way, there’s an after, there’s life for them.

 

 

Is BEAM Procedure a Cure for Schizophrenia?

Dr. Jose R. Mackliff, patented owner of BEAM Procedure

The BEAM Procedure, developed by Dr. Jose R. Mackliff, Ecuadorian psychiatrist and researcher, is a surgery done on the adrenal medulla glands which has been successfully done on 140 people with schizophrenia from one to 22 years since 2006.

BEAM or bi-lateral electro-coagulation of adrenal medulla eliminates the symptoms of schizophrenia by balancing the hormones in the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Thyroid-Adrenal (HPTA) axis in the brain stem, causing the brain to regulate cerebral dopamine. Schizophrenia is a disease caused by a disruption in the gluco-regulatory system, resulting in unregulated cerebral dopamine.

Dr. Mackliff developed BEAM over 30 years of self-funded research. He was the schizophrenic ward director at Sala San Jose at Lorenzo Ponce Hospital from 1973 to 1986. It was there that he watched his patients for 13 years who never improved and became more apathetic and stressed with additional chronic diseases with each year. The notorious failure of antipsychotic drugs to relieve, even temporarily, the symptoms of schizophrenia motivated him to study the various autonomic questions that arose about the metabolism behind this disease.

Why isn’t BEAM Procedure Known Throughout the World?

BEAM has been presented at three international neuroscience conferences, World Congress of BITs Neurotalk, in 2011, 2015 and again in May 2018. Although recognized as a radically new and promising treatment for schizophrenia, it has not yet been recommended for formalized research funded by international health agencies.

Because the need for antipsychotic drugs is reduced and eventually eliminated after BEAM surgery, BEAM will never be recommended for further research by psychiatric associations around the world, nor by the drug companies that exploit and profit from the vulnerability of people with schizophrenia.

Patients and their families come to BEAM after hearing the testimonials of those who have been cured of schizophrenia after having the BEAM surgery.

It is only the patients and families who have been cured of schizophrenia from the BEAM surgery who can organize and gain force to make the BEAM Procedure known to their medical communities.

It seems it is not Dr. Mackliff’s role to make his treatment known and accepted by the scientific communities around the world in his lifetime.

Blog’s Author

The author of this blog is Suzanne Ayer Patterson, the mother of a 20-year-old boy who was diagnosed with schizo-affective disorder in 2013 and took his life in 2014 after being put on a high dosage of Seroquel, an antipsychotic, for one year by a respected psychiatrist in Marin County. Later, Suzanne would find out that this doctor had been receiving payments for prescribing Seroquel from the drug manufacturer for more than ten years. This is common practice in psychiatry in the United States.

As a way to direct the anguish and suffering from her son’s tragic death, Suzanne began to research schizophrenia, its treatment and the BEAM Procedure for schizophrenia which she had heard about while her son was still alive. She worked actively to make this information and the BEAM surgery known to families around the world with children with schizophrenia. A book co-authored by Dr. Mackliff, a blog and website, and a documentary film resulted from three and 1/2 years of diligent efforts.

This worthwhile work directly resulted in two young American men, age 17 and 28, having the BEAM surgery in Ecuador in January of 2018. They both are now cured of schizophrenia, just three months later, and take no antipsychotic medication. Testimonials from the mothers and a video two days after surgery for one of the boys, can be viewed on schizophreniasolution.org.

People seeking an understanding of BEAM and how it works should read my book, A Life Worth Living – Schizophrenia Alternative Treatment and watch my documentary film,
A Life Worth Living – Solution to Schizophrenia.  Additional scientific knowledge and case studies can be read in Dr. Mackliff’s medical book in English, Schizophrenia and Parkinson Surgery available on Amazon. Visit the BEAM Procedure website: beamprocedure.com

You may also contact Dr. Mackliff in English directly by email drmackliff@beamprocedure.com.

 

 

Ketogenic Diet – Safe Weight Loss

Women in the age range of 45 -65 years often new to fitness, over-weight, and with deep belly fat, experience great difficulty getting rid of this fat and weight. Their doctors may have advised them of a pre-diabetic condition and the need for weight loss. Health worries and being long past the crash diets phase of their lives, have led middle-aged women to look into more extreme diets such as the ketogenic diet as a temporary solution to getting back on track.

How Ketogenic Diets Work for Getting Rid of Belly Fat & Weight Loss

How do ketogenic diets work, in contrast with traditional low-fat, low-calorie based diets?  Referred to as many different names – ketogenic diet, low carb diet, low carb high fat (LCHF), etc., the Keto diet is well known for being a low carb diet, where the body produces ketones in the liver to be used as energy.

When you eat something high in carbs, your body produces glucose and insulin.

  • Glucoseis the easiest molecule for your body to convert and use as energy, so that it will be chosen over any other energy source.
  • Insulinis produced to process the glucose in your bloodstream by taking it around the body.

When glucose is used as the primary source of energy, fats are not needed and are therefore stored. Typically, on a normal, higher carbohydrate diet, the body uses glucose as the main form of energy.

By lowering the intake of carbs, the body is induced into a state known as ketosis. The end goal of a properly maintained keto diet is to force your body into this metabolic state. We don’t do this through starvation of calories but starvation of carbohydrates. (Campos, 2017)

How Long Can You Safely Stay on a Ketogenic Diet?

Weight loss is the primary reason that women use the ketogenic diet. Previous research shows good evidence of a faster weight loss when patients go on a ketogenic or very low carbohydrate diet compared to participants on a more traditional low-fat diet, or even a Mediterranean diet. However, that difference in weight loss seems to disappear over time.

People can safely stay on the ketogenic diet anywhere from 2 – 7 days, depending on your body type, activity levels, and what you’re eating.

 

The fastest way to get into ketosis is to exercise on an empty stomach, restrict your carbohydrate intake to 20g or less per day[1], and be vigilant with your water intake. (Campos, 2017)

Many experts share that while a low-carb/keto diet can produce short-term results, there can be various health issues related to staying on a low-carb diet. The USDA’s recommendation is that 80% of a person’s food should typically be vegetables, fruits, and grains, and 20% should be protein. Non-protein foods are important for issues like micronutrients, digestion, and so on.

 

It’s generally recommended that people on a low-carb diet “carb up” from time to time. This spike in carbohydrate intake is often 1-2 days per week and sometimes mid-week.

Insulin Resistance Causes Pre-Diabetes & Diabetes

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), It is estimated that 12 million women aged 20 years and older have diabetes, and approximately 27 million have prediabetes.

 

Insulin maintains blood sugar levels, ensuring they are not too high or too low. However, when blood sugar levels are persistently high, the body’s cells stop responding to insulin as effectively. This is known as insulin resistance. When insulin resistance occurs, sugar is unable to enter the cells as successfully, and too much remains in the bloodstream. Higher levels of sugar in the blood place a demand on the pancreas to secrete more insulin. Over time, the pancreas is unable to meet that demand, and too much sugar builds up in the bloodstream, leading to pre-diabetes and diabetes.

 

Insulin resistance and weight have a complicated relationship. Some doctors believe that being overweight can cause insulin resistance. Carrying extra weight around the waist is a particular danger for this reason. (medicalnewstoday/article; Macgill, 2017)

The ketogenic diet naturally lowers blood sugar levels due to the type of foods you eat. Studies even show that the ketogenic diet is a more effective way to manage and prevent diabetes compared to low-calorie diets.

What’s the Bottom Line?

A ketogenic diet can be an exciting alternative to speed up weight loss, reduce belly fat and the risk of pre-diabetes and diabetes. There is no doubt that this is a very difficult diet to follow, as you have to avoid most of the carbohydrates foods you are used to eating, as well as not over-eat red meat and salty foods. Most people can’t eat foods on the keto diet for a long-term, so it is hard to predict its long-term results.

Sensible and life-long lifestyle changes including a regular exercise program are needed to produce weight and fat loss. It is not enough to simply “crash diet” to lose the weight. Overall, a balanced diet, rich in colorful fruits and vegetables, fish, whole grains, olive oil, lean meats, with a lot of water is the perfect fit for a healthier, vibrant, and long life.

While a permanent ketogenic state can result in weight/fat-loss it can also cause some health hazards. For example, some people can go from the long-term state to ketoacidosis. In this state, the blood becomes acidic and the person could risk experiencing major health complications. The people who get this condition tend to be people with a history of diabetes or alcoholism.

Having said that, there are very many people and cultures that go into ketosis and stay there for years and years without any negative effects. It might all boil down to the existing health conditions of your body.

There can be dangers to a ketogenetic diet.

  • High cholesterol
  • Osteoporosis
  • Kidney problems/stones

As with other diets, it’s important to consult your physician before starting the ketogenic diet or planning to stay in it for very long. They’ll be able to determine if there are any precautions you should take due to your general health and fitness level, for example.

 

[1] One slice of whole bread is 50 grams.

17-Year old boy with Schizophrenia who underwent BEAM Surgery in January 2018 Cured of Schizophrenia

This letter came from a mom of a 17-year-old boy with schizophrenia who underwent BEAM surgery in January of 2018.  Dr. Mackliff has said that the BEAM cases between the ages of 14 and 17 heal very quickly from schizophrenia.

Hi Suzanne

    It’s been 3 months since we had a surgery. I have very good news.

As Dr. Mackliff advised we continued with medication at reduced amount for 2 months, and then we stopped. Psychosis did not return; its been a full month since we have not used medication, and there are no symptoms.

I can state with confidence that B.E.A.M surgery worked, it freed us from schizophrenia. 

    Please share this experience with others.

If anyone has any questions, I will be glad to answer,

And please share this email. erica-77@live.com 

Abstract for 2018 World Congress BITs Neurotalk Presentation on BEAM Procedure

Congress Neurotalk Participants

2015 World Congress BITs Neurotalk Conference

Abstract-Neurotalk May 16-18- 2018. Bangkok, Thailand

Name-Jose Romeo Mackliff. Title. Dr of medicine and surgery 1967

Job-SCHIZOPHRENIA AND PARKINSON SURGERY.

A NEW AND EFFICIENT REGULATION OF DOPAMINERGIC SYNAPSES AFTER B.E.A.M (bilateral electrocoagulation of adrenal medulla). Organization- Hospital Clinica Panamericana 

Dr. Mackliff obtained a Psychiatry Specialist degree in 1975. He was appointed head of the San Jose ward at the Lorenzo Ponce Psychiatry hospital from 1970 to 1986, where he started his research in hormonal gluco-regulation; which resulted in the surgical elimination of adrenaline to restore the HPA axis fatigue in schizophrenia. Dr Mackliff is also a professional member of the New York Academy of Sciences.

In 1989 he applied the BEAM surgery on dogs, after stimulating amphetamine psychosis in order to develop an aggressiveness syndrome in the animals. By Bilateral Electro-coagulation of the Adrenal Medulla (BEAM), he eliminated aggressiveness and the symptomatology resulting from hypersensitivity by the agonistic action of amphetamines over the dopamine receptors.  Since 2006, he has successfully restored functionality to more than 140 schizophrenic patients, therefore growing evidence for BEAM as a new pioneer surgery for schizophrenia  and other diseases related with adrenaline and dopamine.

Abstract

Bilateral Electrocoagulation of the adrenal medulla (B.E.A.M) allowed absence of adrenalin, and a 20% less Noradrenaline in the human body.  This surgery is able to regulate dopaminergic projection in schizophrenic patients.

BEAM eliminates the HPA axis fatigue, aggressiveness and gluco-regulation disorder in Schizophrenia. It Changes the CRH, ACTH and cortisol rhythm; at brain level it changes the tyrosine chain modal system. It eliminates the continuous action of stress when the symptoms like hallucinations, delusions and social deterioration disappear. BEAM improves connections between the thalamus and limbic cortex. After BEAM surgery, there won’t be any more hypoglycemic periods and brain circulation is improved.

Only with hypothalamus stimulation and functional changes as described above, is it possible to eradicate schizophrenic symptoms like aggressiveness, apathy and hallucinations a few weeks after surgery and withdraw psychiatric medications in one year without side effects.

This is the third presentation on BEAM surgery that Dr. Mackliff has given to the World Congress BITs Neurotalk Conference, and he has requested that the World Congress endorse the formalizing of his research at this 2018 conference.

Bi-polar Disorder Vs Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is commonly mis-diagnosed as bi-polar disorder. The closest most accurate diagnosis is schizo-affective disorder, described as an irregular type of schizophrenia by psychiatrists. In this disorder, characteristics of schizophrenia are combined with the mood swings of bi-polar. Patients with this disease should be advised to watch for depressive episodes and the risk of suicide. We were not advised. The famous Amen Clinic prides itself on its accurate diagnoses, but fails to give any practical advice on how this diagnosis differs from regular schizophrenia. Antipsychotic drug treatment is the first line of treatment given for both diseases.

Schizoaffective Disorder

Like other psychotic disorders, schizoaffective disorder can be a difficult diagnosis to determine. The patient must meet all the criteria for schizophrenia and have significant mood symptoms. It must then be determined that the mood symptoms are not causing the psychotic symptoms. To do this the doctor takes a careful history to know whether there have been psychotic symptoms even when there have been no mood symptoms.

Bi-Polar Disorder Misunderstood as Schizophrenia

Bipolar disorder is often confused with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder, but it is not the same illness. It is a mood disorder characterized by manic, depressed, or mixed mood states. Symptoms of mania include an elevated or irritable mood, grandiosity, decreased need for sleep, racing thoughts, distractibility, agitation, poor impulse control, and pressured speech. Depressive symptoms include a sad mood, guilty feelings, poor appetite, and weight change. A mixed state has characteristics of both manic and depressed states at the same time.

The difference between bipolar disorder and schizoaffective disorder is that in bipolar disorder the mood is the predominant symptom, and it is cyclical in nature. When the mood symptoms remit, the patient returns to normal functioning. In schizoaffective disorder, the mood symptoms may clear, but other symptoms persist.

Schizophrenia

The symptoms used to diagnose schizophrenia were described to me by Dr. Jose Mackliff, an Ecuadorian psychiatrist and scientist who was the Director of the Schizophrenia Ward at Luis Vernaza Hospital for thirteen years and developed BEAM Procedure for schizophrenia. For thirteen years, he observed the suffering of his patients, knowing that the antipsychotics couldn’t help them and only kept them sedated. Instead of becoming depressed, he became excited about the metabolism behind schizophrenia.

At the beginning of the disease, there is isolation, loss of student activity, deterioration of personal hygiene, and strange ideas that manifest in the person. In the middle of the process, strange, delusional ideas; ideas of greatness; religious ideas without content of persecution; persecutory ideas; auditory hallucinations of more than two words not related to depression; loss of thought association and poverty of content; magic thoughts; clairvoyance; telepathy; inappropriate emotions; and disorganized behavior. If a patient has any of these symptoms during the stages of the disease, it is schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia as a Functional Disorder

This description came from interviews with Dr. Mackliff and is based on observations he made in his patients before and after they had the BEAM (bilateral electro-coagulation of adrenal medulla) surgery. He describes schizophrenia as beginning in the hypothalamus-pituitary-thyroid axis:

The axis is formed by three hormones: glucagon, cortisol and adrenaline, but in the schizophrenic patient adrenaline is failing to arrive in the axis, and this develops metabolic problems, energy problems inside the neuron. In other words, a series of factors causing intra-cerebral communication disorders between the thalamus and the cortex, and this is the schizophrenic process. Dr. Mackliff hypothesized that too much adrenaline is produced in schizophrenics. The brain therefore blocks the entry of blood adrenaline into the HPTA axis. Dr. Mackliff saw that by eliminating the hormone adrenaline from its source, the adrenal medulla glands, the brain would compensate by producing nor-adrenaline. This source of adrenaline goes directly into the HPTA axis, restoring the right amount of cerebral dopamine in the limbic region of the brain.

In the brain, dopamine functions as a neurotransmitter—a chemical released by nerve cells to send signals to other nerve cells. The brain includes several distinct dopamine systems, one of which plays a major role in reward-motivated behavior. Most types of reward increase the level of dopamine in the brain, and a variety of addictive drugs increase dopamine neuronal activity. Other brain dopamine systems are involved in motor control and in controlling the release of several other important hormones. Schizophrenia is a result of an excessive amount of dopamine in the limbic region of the brain.

Seeking Evidence Supporting BEAM Procedure for Schizophrenia

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 SquibbEli LillyPfizerAstraZeneca 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.

 

Violent crimes Committed while on Psychotropic Drugs

Schizophrenia is a disease characterized by aggressiveness, anger, hallucinations, paranoia and anxiety. Certain antipsychotic drugs also create psychotic states and aggressiveness. Here is a video on Facebook which shows School murders committed under the influence of antidepressants, antipsychotics, meth amphetamine and tranquilizers.

Murders Committed under the Influence of Psychotropic Drugs