Persevere against All Odds, because the BEAM surgery works to eliminate the Symptoms of Schizophrenia.

Keep persevering to bring your loved one to this miraculous surgery. Scientifically based on more than 30 years of self funded research by psychiatrist and scientist Dr. Jose Romeo Mackliff, it now has a history of eliminating schizophrenia in over 200 patients from around the world.

Please purchase my book, only $5.00 on Amazon Kindle, and educate yourself on how BEAM works to cure schizophrenia. A Life Worth Living – Alternative Treatment for Schizophrenia.

Testimonial from Eduardo, 24 year old American Man

In 2010, I took Eduardo to his regular Dr to look at his depression. Eduardo told his Dr that he wished to die and they moved him to the a mental health hospital in Torrance, California; He was there for 72 hrs, they gave him risperidone, and they told me he had schizophrenia.

I could not believe that my son had that and did not know how cruel and dangerous was schizophrenia. In Del Amo Clinica they gave him risperidone and his symptoms of schizophrenia worsened day by day, he began not to sleep, to leave with little clothes or sometimes No clothes on the street. I had to call 911 to find him, Eduardo said that my family wanted to kill him and he also tried to kill me.

He talked to himself, hallucinated that the psychiatrists only experimented  with antipsychotics and no treatment served him and that he still had the same symptoms even taking pills, He did not leave his room very little and slept only 2 hrs and sometimes not at all, On April 2018, through Suzanne Patterson I heard from Dr Mackliff and called him, In June 2018 Eduardo jumped from a 3-story balcony of the apartment where we lived and is alive miraculously. After he was given a very high dose of zyprexa 45mg having the side effects of Dystonia Akathisia and tremors,

On September 19, he was able to travel to Ecuador for the surgery of Dr Mackliff and after the surgery he slept s all night his psychosis improved by  70%.

It will take time for full recovery and today he only takes 15mg of zyprexa..I’m grateful to God, Dr Mackliff and Suzanne for this miracle of such a successful surgery, my son looks different and I am very happy to see him better day after day. …

After 8 years I returned to see Eduardo smile and his face improved. I give my testimony as a mother who loves her son, and I really recommend people with schizophrenia to be brave and do this surgery … if they have tried so much antipsychotic why not treat this that will heal them forever. My name is Olga and any question to communicate to my email oizr03@hotmail.com

 


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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.

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.

 

 

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.