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American Olga’s son had surgery September 22nd, 2018 in Ecuador

I’ll be adding a photo the day after surgery and a video of this beautiful 24 year old American boy whose mom took him for BEAM surgery. She is so grateful to Dr. Mackliff and myself for introducing her to BEAM, her contact is: oizr03@hotmail.com

To everyone’s knowledge,  all of the American mothers so far who took their sons for BEAM surgery and from other countries, are more then great-full for the surgery.

We are very biased toward psychotropic medicines in the United States. This is programming based on huge profits for pharmaceuticals and not truth. You can contact each of these mothers for references and recommendations for BEAM.

My website has the most recent testimonials of American BEAM surgeries and the results. Stay tuned for an EXPLOSION OF BEAM SURGERIES.

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An Explosion of Lives Worth Living!

Suicide Prevention Month September

Here are some shots from a 600+ person walk ‘Out of the darkness for Suicide Prevention’. We walked for my son Marco who had schizophrenia and for myself who attempted suicide in August 2018. Fountain Valley, CA in Orange County.

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Marco was half Argentinean and loved soccer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Precioso, we love you forever.

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Suicide Prevention Month

September is Suicide Prevention month. Every 12 minutes there is a suicide in America.

It can be frightening and intimidating when a loved one reveals or shows signs of suicidal thoughts. However, not taking thoughts of suicide seriously can have a devastating outcome. If you think your friend or family member will hurt herself or someone else, call 911 immediately. There are a few ways to approach this situation.

  • Remove means such as guns, knives or stockpiled pills
  • Calmly ask simple and direct questions, such as “Can I help you call your psychiatrist?” rather than, “Would you rather I call your psychiatrist, your therapist or your case manager?”
  • Talk openly and honestly about suicide. Don’t be afraid to ask questions such as “Are you having thoughts of suicide?” or “Do you have a plan for how you would kill yourself?”
  • If there are multiple people, have one person speak at a time
  • Ask what you can do to help
  • Don’t argue, threaten or raise your voice
  • Don’t debate whether suicide is right or wrong
  • If your loved one asks for something, provide it, as long as the request is safe and reasonable
  • If you are nervous, try not to fidget or pace
  • If your loved one is having hallucinations or delusions, be gentle and sympathetic, but do not get in an argument about whether the delusions or hallucinations are real

If you are concerned about suicide and don’t know what to do, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). They have trained counselors available 24/7 to speak with either you or your loved one.

Providing Support

Even if your loved one isn’t in a moment of crisis, you need to provide support. Let her know that she can talk with you about what she is going through. Make sure that you are actively and openly listening to the things she says. Instead of arguing with any negative statements that she makes, try providing positive reinforcement. Active listening techniques such as reflecting feelings and summarizing thoughts can help your loved one feel heard and validated. Furthermore, reassuring your loved one that you are concerned for her well-being will encourage her to lean on you for support.

Be Educated

One of the best things you can do if you know or suspect that your loved one is contemplating suicide is educate yourself. Learning about suicide, what the warning signs are, and how it can be prevented can help you understand what you need to do as a member of their support system.

If Possible, Be Prepared

If your friend or family member has had suicidal thoughts in the past, it’s a good idea to have a crisis plan just in case. This means that you’ll need to work together to develop the best course of action if a crisis situation should occur.

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How to contact Dr. Mackliff & Schedule BEAM Surgery

I receive a lot of emails from people with schizophrenia or parents with children with schizophrenia who want to know more about the BEAM surgery and how to contact Dr. Mackliff in Ecuador.

The BEAM surgery was developed by Dr. Jose R. Mackliff in Ecuador and patented as an investigative treatment for schizophrenia and Parkinson diseases in 2007. Since 2007, 200 patients with schizophrenia have had the BEAM surgery with successful elimination of the symptoms of schizophrenia, and reduction and elimination of antipsychotic drug treatment.

The BEAM surgery only costs $8,000 in cash and $2,000 for the hospital stay which can be paid with a credit card. The patient and his/her caretaker must stay in Guayaquil at a hotel near the hospital for a minimum of 10 days for followup care.  The patient will be seen by Dr. Mackliff regularly and prescribed an antipsychotic medicine at a safer type and lower dosage than they were on before. The patient should remain on this dosage of medicine for one year and may taper off the amount of medicine with recommendations from Dr. Mackliff. 

Patients and family members should contact Dr. Mackliff directly by writing in English to drmackliff@beamprocedure.com to answer questions about the patient and the surgery. You can also write to me with any questions or problems you experience while going through this process. suzanne@schizophrenia-solution.org. Surgeries can normally be scheduled within a month of request.

The best way to get a thorough understanding of the BEAM Procedure, how it works and its success in eliminating the symptoms of schizophrenia is to read the book, A Life Worth Living – Schizophrenia Alternative Treatment, which I wrote and was co-authored by Dr. Mackliff and to watch the documentary film with three case study videos filmed after BEAM surgery by Dr. Mackliff in Ecuador, A Life Worth Living – Solution to Schizophrenia. Dr. Mackliff’s website, beamprocedure.com has scientific information about his treatment and a link to his medical book in English, Schizophrenia and Parkinson Surgery.

On my website are blog posts with recent patient testimonials (January 2018) and case study videos. 

 

Why didn’t I take my son for the BEAM surgery?

This blogpost is my response to a question a parent asked me regarding my own experience with my son who committed suicide.

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We tried to convince our son to go to Ecuador for the procedure. He did not want to give up going to UCLA for which he had a scholarship. He completed one quarter at the university, received straight A’s, and then dropped out and was hospitalized. His father visited Dr. Mackliff and the clinic in Ecuador and tried to set things up for Marco to go. When he returned to CA where Marco was living with him, Marco refused to even speak with Dr. Mackliff on the phone. I believe he had an idea that the procedure would make him simple. The testimonials at that time, were from a boy who only had a high school education and others who were not academic. I believe his psychiatrist told him that, without knowing anything about BEAM. His father printed out all of the information on BEAM and gave it to him and also had met a boy who had gone through the procedure very recently. He told my son that the boy was fine, not 100% yet, but better than with schizophrenia.

My son had a very strong will and was very intelligent. He had decided after leaving the university to take his life after considering all of his options. He convinced us that he was taking an online course through UC Berkeley extension program. He stayed in his room and isolated himself; he refused to see a psychiatrist since starting the university in January of 2014. He took his life in July of 2014. We were too ignorant about the signs of depression and suicide; separate from the vegetable state considered normal while on antipsychotic drugs. 

This is the reason that I have spent the past four years writing a book, creating a film, and maintaining a blog, to educate parents, so that they don’t have to lose their children like I did.

Sincerely,

Suzanne

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Suzanne with Miguel, 28-year-old boy with 8 years of paranoid schizophrenia who had the BEAM surgery in January 2018 and is now living a normal life.

Update on Schizophrenia Solution Activity

I am working on the promotion of my book, co-authored by Dr. Mackliff, and my documentary film, A Life Worth Living – Solution to Schizophrenia.  I have submitted presentations to local PBS television stations to show my film, and to radio stations with mental health programs for interviews with me, and a mother and son from Los Angeles whose son had the BEAM surgery in January 2018 and is now able to work and communicate with others and is on minimum medication. Normal full recovery takes from one to three years. There is no recovery possible with antipsychotic drugs alone. The BEAM surgery works directly with the cause of schizophrenia. After BEAM surgery, the symptoms of schizophrenia are eliminated.

The success of the patients submitted for BEAM surgery is spectacular. Slowly, the word is getting out. Harvard University has invited Dr. Mackliff to demonstrate the BEAM surgery in July of 2018, at the university and to publish a paper on BEAM. This will be a big plus in making BEAM Procedure for schizophrenia known in America; a country obscenely controlled by the insatiable greed of the pharmaceutical industry that makes billions of dollars from mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and bi-polar depression. 

Dr. Mackliff’s work to develop a treatment that is a solution for schizophrenia has been entirely self-funded over 40 years. He is now 80 years old, and this is the time for BEAM surgery for schizophrenia to receive outside funding and for his research to become formalized.

Below is a link to a video of Miguel with English subtitles, taken two days after his surgery, on January 11, 2018. Please turn-on subtitles, if don’t show.

Video of Miguel with subtitles, two days after surgery

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.