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.

 

Antipsychotic Drug Treatment: Difference Between Fact and Fiction

I feel like a CNN News reporter introduction.

Fact: The drug industry brings in $33 billion annually, since 2015,  from a combination of antipsychotic and anti-depressant drugs sold in their generic forms. Americans represent only 5% of the world’s population, yet consume 66% of the world’s psycho-pharmaceutical medicines. Psycho pharmaceuticals are the most profitable sector of the drug industry. The global market for mental health drugs was $80.5b in 2010.

Fiction: There is no cure for schizophrenia: the only treatment is antipsychotic drugs for life.

Fact: The BEAM surgery procedure patented by Dr. Jose R. Mackliff has eliminated the symptoms of schizophrenia in over 110 patients with up to 22 years history of schizophrenia since 2006. The elimination of symptoms can be seen two days after the surgery and only increases over time.

Fiction: Antipsychotic drugs are necessary for life for the schizophrenic person.

Fact: Although antipsychotic drugs are continued in reduced dosages over a year’s time after BEAM surgery, they are only necessary during the adjustment period of the brain adapting to normal amounts of cerebral dopamine. Once this homeostasis has been achieved, many patients can be safely removed from all antipsychotic drugs.

Fact: The method of treatment for schizophrenia specified in the DSMV manual (the billing bible used by the American Association of Psychiatry) is medication management only.

Fiction: Talk therapy has not been found to be effective in the treatment of patients with schizophrenia. Medication management alone is the prescribed treatment in the DSM5 manual (billing bible) used by psychiatrists.

Fact:

Talk therapy benefits schizophrenia patients and reduces their need for heavy use of antipsychotic drugs, a large study finds.

Currently, treatment for many of the two million Americans with schizophrenia involves strong doses of antipsychotics, which can cause severe side effects such as significant weight gain or debilitating tremors, The New York Times reported.

A study conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health found that schizophrenia patients whose treatment involved more one-on-one talk therapy and family support and smaller doses of antipsychotic drugs showed greater recovery over the first two years of treatment than those who received the standard drug-centered care. National Institute of Mental Health, 2009.

Fiction: Antipsychotic drugs have been tested by the FDA and drug industry at the dosages and length of time for which they are prescribed.

Fact: Drug company’s efficacy studies for antipsychotic drugs are for as little as six weeks and in the case of Seroquel, only tested at dosages as high as 600mg daily. According to the International Consensus of Safe Dosages of Antipsychotics, the mean dosage world-wide for Seroquel is 1,000 mg daily; their recommended safe dosage is 800 mg daily.

Fiction: Psychiatrists receiving payments from drug companies for prescribing their drugs are not influenced in their clinical decision making by these payments.

Fact: My son’s psychiatrist, a recognized expert in schizophrenia in Marin County, received payments for years for prescribing Seroquel under its patented name. This doctor prescribed as high as 2,000 mg daily to a patient with paranoid schizophrenia, and told me that he does just fine. This is 1400mg higher than the highest dosage tested by the drug company, and 1200mg higher than the International consensus for safe dosage.

It wasn’t until 2015 that a suicide ideation or suicide warning was put on the label. This occurred after I sent to the psychiatrist a 2009 MedWatch report of suicides that occurred under Seroquel. My son committed suicide in 2014, seven months after being put on 1000mg daily dosage of Seroquel.

Fiction: Antipsychotic drug treatment can improve the life of schizophrenics over time; they just need to stay on the medicine.

Facts: 75% of people newly diagnosed with schizophrenia stop taking their medicine within the first year and a half; specifically because of the terrible side effects that they are not educated about by their psychiatrists. (New York Mental Health Department, 2010) These side effects include: movement indifference (lay in bed all day), Akathisia, inner restlessness, tardive dyskinesia, parkinson type movements, cognitive confusion and lack of concentration, sexual impotence, flattened emotions, and a feeling of being “dead” (described by young people with schizophrenia).

Opinion: I believe that it was this experience that caused my son to take his life at the age of 21. The standard DSM treatment for schizophrenia is medication management; that is the doctor manages the symptoms of the antipsychotics, not the disease itself. The doctor doesn’t talk with the patient about their concerns, their quality of life, the dismal side effects.  It’s strictly a “hands off” approach, particularly designed to avoid liability or legal suits.

Fiction: There is a low risk of suicide in those taking antipsychotic drug medication.

Fact: The statistics for suicide amongst people with schizophrenia is 10 to 15%. The rate for males is 60% higher than for females.

Fiction: If treatments such as BEAM Procedure for schizophrenia were real treatments, people in the United States would know about them and be lining up for the treatment.

Fact: The drug industry with its powerful lobby groups in the United States would never allow any study or evaluation of treatments outside of the United States that don’t explicitly rely on antipsychotic drug treatment. A powerful business interest is behind the drugs they approve and treatment models they control through the DSMV diagnosis manual, the billing bible for psychiatry.

Fact: The drug companies don’t talk about the long-term cerebral neural damage which occurs in those who take antipsychotic drugs over a lifetime. These damages are very real and irreversible. They can even lead to increased psychosis.

 

 

Confessions of a Rx Drug Pusher

This is a video podcast by Gwen Owen, former pharmaceutical representative, who left the industry in 2000, and now exposes the pharmaceutical industry’s agenda of Deceive, Drug Maintenance (for life) and Symptoms Management. In this broadcast, she addresses specifically their approach with anti-depressants and anti-psychotic drugs which are designed to make patients customers for life, and do indeed make it almost impossible for patients to withdraw, titrate and stop using the drugs.

Confessions of a RX Drug Pusher

Gwen Olsen spent 15 years as a sales rep in the pharmaceutical industry working for health care giants. When her niece committed suicide after being put on a changing regimen of anti-depressants and antipsychotics, and from her own experience of anti-depressants, she began re-evaluating the drugs she was promoting and pushing.

The FDA has stated that the adverse effects reported on Medwatch are actually 1 to 10 times that of those reported. Suicidal ideation was not listed as a risk factor on the drug information sheet for Seroquel in 2013 and 2014. After my son’s suicide in 2014, I sent a Medwatch report from 2008 showing statistics for suicide attempts and suicides while on Seroquel and its generic form to the psychiatrist who prescribed it. In 2015, risk of suicide ideation and suicide was put on the drug label. This is how the drug industry works to protect its interests only.

When a psychiatrist tells you that your loved one with schizophrenia must be on anti-psychotic drugs for life, they are representing what they have been told by the drug industry whose only agenda is medicine maintenance – profit maintenance.

 

Antipsychotics’ Dangerous Side-Effects that the Drug Industry minimizes or doesn’t Disclose

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Risperdal (risperidone). Risperdal was the first of the atypicals that could be used without weekly blood work. It works on both the dopamine and serotonin systems of neurotransmitters. Possible side effects include weight gain, sedation, tremors, muscle stiffness, low blood pressure, dizziness, insomnia, and anxiety. There have been some reports of tardive dyskinesia in patients taking risperidone. Usually the side effect medicine, Cogentin (benztropine), is prescribed to help with side effects of stiffness, restlessness, and muscle rigidity. Too much benztropine can cause a “spacey” feeing and trouble thinking. It is important to take the prescribed dose and only when symptoms of muscle rigidity appear. My son had two drug reactions to risperidone caused by self-dosing and not having the side effect medicine available while having muscle stiffness and tremors.

Adverse Reaction Reports Filed with the US FDA: There have been 12,883 adverse reactions reported to the US FDA in connection with Risperdal (risperidone). The FDA estimates that less than 1 percent of all serious events are ever reported to it, so the actual number of side effects occurring is most certainly higher.

635 cases of weight increase

532 cases of death

467 cases of diabetes mellitus

443 cases of attempted suicide

438 cases of somnolence

384 cases of drug being ineffective

370 cases of aggression

364 cases of neuroleptic malignant syndrome (a life-threatening neurological disorder)

343 cases of extrapyramidal disorder (movement syndromes)

Seroquel (quetiapine). Seroquel is another newer antipsychotic medication. Doctors originally recommended that patients taking it have special eye examinations, because an animal study showed that beagles taking high doses developed cataracts. At this time, there has been no report of any human developing cataracts from the drug. Possible side effects include sedation, memory problems, upset stomach, and agitation. I would add flattened emotions and akinesia to this list of side effects. Seroquel is used to control the mood swings in affective and schizoaffective disorders.

Seroquel Drug Warnings:

There have been multiple drug regulatory agency warnings from four countries (United States, Canada, Australia, and South Africa).

Three warnings on Seroquel causing death or increased risk of death

Three warnings on Seroquel causing withdrawal reactions

Three warnings on Seroquel causing blood disorders

Two warnings on Seroquel causing diabetes

Two warnings on Seroquel causing weight gain/ obesity

Two warnings on Seroquel causing suicidal behavior or ideation

Two warnings on Seroquel causing birth defects

Two warnings on Seroquel causing involuntary movements

Two warnings on Seroquel causing strokes

Two warnings on Seroquel causing heart problems

 

There are many other, newer atypical antipsychotic medicines coming out. A total of thirty or more exist on the drug market today. Many have short testing cycles (six to ten months) and are released before being thoroughly tested at different doses. There have been several recent studies done evaluating the effectiveness of antipsychotics weighed against the side effects of using them.

The antipsychotics my son was on created his state of malaise and apathy, and furthermore, they diminished his sex drive and ability to maintain a relationship with his girlfriend. My definite belief is that Marco should have been weaned off of the antipsychotics and had the BEAM intervention surgery done early in his illness. I believe that the psychiatrist that Marco was seeing deterred him from pursuing the BEAM treatment by telling him it would make him simple. The psychiatrist knew nothing about BEAM and the success of the people who have had the treatment.

The BEAM Procedure for schizophrenia works hand in hand with psychiatrist prescribed antipsychotics after the surgery at reduced dosages and gradually reduces their use altogether.

 

Drug Industry plus Congress Fuels Opioid Addiction

Please watch this CBS 60 Minutes documentary on whistleblower, former DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) Agent and Executive Chief of Office of Diversion Control, Joe Rannazzisi’s, findings about the PHARMA distributors behind the illicit traffic of narcotic pain killers in small mid-west and Eastern communities throughout the United States.

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Whistleblower Joe Rannazzisi says drug distributors pumped opioids into U.S. communities — knowing that people were dying — and says industry lobbyists and Congress derailed the DEA’s efforts to stop it. Opioid addiction has become a national health crisis. How does President Trump respond to this crisis? He nominated Tom Marino, ex-DEA Lawyer, who wrote the bill derailing the enforcement division of DEA responsible for monitoring the Pharmaceutical industry’s drug distribution practices, as the Drug Czar for the federal government.

Update: President Trump announced Tuesday that his nominee for drug czar, Rep. Tom Marino, has withdrawn his name from consideration for the position.

In the midst of the worst drug epidemic in American history, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s ability to keep addictive opioids off U.S. streets was derailed — that according to Joe Rannazzisi, one of the most important whistleblowers ever interviewed by 60 Minutes. Rannazzisi ran the DEA’s Office of Diversion Control, the division that regulates and investigates the pharmaceutical industry. Now in a joint investigation by 60 Minutes and The Washington Post, Rannazzisi tells the inside story of how, he says, the opioid crisis was allowed to spread — aided by Congress, lobbyists, and a drug distribution industry that shipped, almost unchecked, hundreds of millions of pills to rogue pharmacies and pain clinics providing the rocket fuel for a crisis that, over the last two decades, has claimed 200,000 lives.

If you still have a deep-rooted belief in the pharmaceutical industry having your best interests in mind, please watch this ’60 Minutes’ documentary exposing the tremendous amount of influence the drug industry has in Congress which allows the drug industry to do what it wants, in the interest of profits alone. Antipsychotic drugs, the second most expensive drugs on the market, are a step away from the corruption exposed over illicit Opioid distribution by the drug industry. More to follow on this blog: The Pharmaceutical Industry’s illicit practices in promoting and controlling antipsychotic drugs as the only legal treatment for schizophrenia, the first line of treatment for bi-polar depression and other unapproved diagnoses.