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.

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.

 

Valentine’s Day Message for those Struggling with Schizophrenia

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My Dear Friend,

Whoever you are and wherever you are in the process of dealing with the disease schizophrenia, you are doing the best you can. You must forgive yourself for everything, and always begin anew. 

This morning I woke up with a sense of failure, because I had failed in a work task I had been given to complete. I then realized the need to drop this negative, futile emotion, and move on. This happened to me when my son took his life from schizophrenia 3 1/2 years ago. It has taken me this period of time to resolve all of the issues with schizophrenia that I had experienced, and to find a solution that could help others.

Wherever you are in the process of working through the difficulties of living with someone with schizophrenia or trying to help a loved one with this disease, you must focus on the immediate issues on hand. From my experience now of visiting NAMI Family Support meetings and hearing people’s stories, this can be homelessness, drug addiction, poor hygiene, lack of good support and information from the medical doctors and psychiatrists, the unsafe dosages and over-prescribing of poor choices of medicines, non-compliance with taking these medicines, etc. NAMI offers resources for coping with schizophrenia.

As a parallel and complementary effort, educate yourself about the BEAM surgery offered in Ecuador and contact Dr. Jose R. Mackliff to hear his recommendations about antipsychotic medicines to help stabilize your person’s condition and actions for reducing stress in their lives. All of the recommendations given to us by Dr. Mackliff, when my son was newly diagnosed with schizo-affective disorder, proved to be correct and would have saved his life if we had followed them. You can contact Dr. Mackliff in English by email at drmackiff@beamprocedure.com

Finding a solution to schizophrenia is a step-by-step process. You must open your hearts to trusting that help which comes from a true and scientifically established place, as well as pure motive based on the love of his patients and faith in God.  Clearly see the contrast with treatments based mostly on profits, and the promotion of non-tested drugs at the dosages and time duration for which they are prescribed. Many psychiatrists receive payments from the pharmaceutical companies for prescribing these untested drugs. (Open Payments database). You must open your hearts to truly listening and responding to the anguish of your loved ones, and search for a better solution.

BEAM Procedure is a proven solution and the only solution that can eliminate the symptoms of schizophrenia and restore lives worth living. This message only sounds extreme because of our conditioning to believe that schizophrenia is an incurable disease, and that antipsychotic drugs for life are our only option. Read my book, a Life Worth Living – Schizophrenia Alternative Treatment , co-authored by Dr. Mackliff for practical information on all aspects of schizophrenia and its treatment. One thing that is clear is that the current methods of treatment are not working!!!!

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Two American mothers who took sons for BEAM surgery in January, 2018: to contact as references

These two brave American mothers took their sons for the BEAM surgery in January of 2018 with immediate and excellent results, 24-hours after the surgery. They are happy to share their stories with parents with children with schizophrenia who are considering the BEAM surgery for schizophrenia.

Erica, American mother of 18-year-old boy who had BEAM surgery in January, 2018.

Erica-77@live.com 

 Zuly, American mother of 28-year-old boy with eight years of paranoid schizophrenia who had BEAM surgery in January, 2018,

zuly.zappala.134@mycsun.edu