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.



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

Precioso, we love you forever.



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 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. 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, 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. 


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

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:

You may also contact Dr. Mackliff in English directly by email



Completion of a Work of Love


Suzanne Patterson with son Marco, 2012

Tuesday, January 23rd, was the premier film showing of A Life Worth Living – Solution to Schizophrenia, in the community where I live. Twenty people attended; both well-educated and medical professionals, and friends. The film was very well received and the evening, a real celebration.

In my presentation before the film, I spoke about how three and one half years ago when my son died from schizophrenia and antipsychotic drug treatment, an aim crystalized in my being, and two months after his burial I began researching schizophrenia, antipsychotic drug treatment and a treatment called BEAM Procedure which was done in Ecuador and had successfully eliminated the symptoms of schizophrenia in 56 patients at that time.

This began an incredible journey which led to writing a book co-authored by Dr. Mackliff; founding a non-profit named Only the Difficult Productions Foundation; traveling to Ecuador and meeting Dr. Mackliff and surgeon, Dr. Oscar Sanchez and several of their patients who had had the BEAM surgery four years prior to the meeting, and had recovered from schizophrenia. The journey has gone full circle, with two new American patients, Miguel and another, who had the surgery in January of 2018, and who are already experiencing a liberation from the symptoms of schizophrenia along with a great reduction in the antipsychotic medication they are taking.

Dr. Oscar Sanchez passed away on January 7th, 2018. I wish to honor his great contribution of almost 100 BEAM surgeries,as well as a lifetime of surgeries on patients throughout South America where he was considered one of the best urology surgeons available. He was a great surgeon and man. Before leaving, he trained his two sons, both urology surgeons, in the BEAM surgery. Dr. Frank Sanchez with Dr. Mackiff, now does most of the BEAM surgeries.

I ended my presentation by saying, “This was a work of Love, and I felt my son’s presence with me for most of the time. At that moment, I truly felt my son’s presence in the room and began to cry. I will be forever grateful for that moment, and my son’s life who was the real reason for this film being created. I dedicate this film to my son, Marco Joshua Alfonso and Dr. Oscar Sanchez.

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Dr. Oscar Sanchez and Dr. Jose Mackliff

The film completed, but the work of promoting Dr. Mackliff’s work continues with the aim of reaching many more families with a message of real hope, through film media, cable TV and radio.



Letter from Zuly, after son Miguel’s Surgery on January 10th, 2018


Hello Suzanne,

I wanted to let you know how happy we are after Miguel’s surgery, this is a miracle. My son is completely different right after the BEAM procedure  He told me he feels so different without anxiety and very calmed down. He mentioned he sees the world very different. He also told me he wants to return to the university and start a new life. Erika is so surprised by my son’s change, she saw him completely normal. I notice he talks normal not like before as a robot.
Dr. Jose Mackliff is an angel changing the future of many people who suffer schizophrenia and also their families affected by that. Thank you so much for  all your support.
Best regards,

Schizophrenia – Cause and Cure, Dr. Mackliff explains Results from BEAM Surgery

BEAM Explanation

Please watch my documentary film A Life Worth Living – Solution to Schizophrenia on this site that clearly explains the schizophrenia process and how the BEAM surgery works to eliminate the symptoms of schizophrenia and regulate cerebral dopamine. It is a scientific document of a miraculous cure for schizophrenia.

The biological cause of schizophrenia has never before been described. Please watch this impressive video and open your minds to a new understanding of mental illness and schizophrenia, and why there can now be a cure for this terrible disease. Film is narrated in English with English sub-titles where Spanish language is heard.

My Advice to Parents with Children with Schizophrenia


Dear Parents,

You are all in my heart while writing the Conclusion for my film, A Life Worth Living – Solution to Schizophrenia.


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If this film saves one child’s life or averts one tragic outcome, I will be profoundly grateful. My story is your story but your child’s story is still unfolding. If your child has been diagnosed as having schizophrenia or you are wondering if your loved one is schizophrenic, it is important to seek help.  Starting treatment as soon as possible may significantly improve your child’s chances to heal and resume a life worth living.

Learn about Dr Mackliff’s research and the positive results from his B.E.A.M. surgery, a viable treatment option for schizophrenia that helps patients return to a constructive, happy life. Review Dr. Mackliff’s case studies, hear the inspiring stories of his patients’ recoveries, and learn about their improved quality of life. For example, Carlos, a young man who suffered from hallucinations and delusions, after having the B.E.A.M. surgery, is now free of these symptoms.

Mackliff’s efforts have been primarily self-funded and fueled by his incredible devotion. He has pioneered and perfected this scientific method over a period of 30 years, with careful research and follow-up observation of his patients.

If you choose this option, please understand that full recovery can take one to three years, and needs family support, with gradual reduction of antipsychotics. Consider contacting Dr. Mackliff in Ecuador for an evaluation.  See if your child improves using a lower, safer dosage of antipsychotic drugs. A prescription from Dr. Mackliff in Ecuador can be filled by a psychiatrist in the U.S.

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Act immediately.  You do not have time to hesitate. This disease progresses rapidly.

Begin exploring your child’s options.

Don’t let your child drift into isolation.

I urge you to really listen to your child with your heart open, to be sensitive to your child’s concerns and fears.

Tell them over and over that you believe in their ability to heal, to find happiness, yet acknowledge their suffering;

They are in a dark passage with many challenges.

Tell them again and again that your love for them is unconditional and that you will help them find their way into the light.

May your efforts be guided by love, not fear.


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


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.


The Importance of Stress in the Initiation and Course of Schizophrenia

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The knowledge that stress brings on the symptoms of schizophrenia and also is behind the first psychotic episode of schizophrenia is simple information but not widely known.

It is very likely that stress affects all areas of the brain but particularly the prefrontal and temporal regions: the same dysfunctional neural regions involved in schizophrenia. The fact that this link is not so often explored by many authors of popular theories about schizophrenia reminds me of the old metaphor that says, “It’s difficult for the fish to see the water around them.” Psychiatrists don’t seem to understand this simple relationship between stress and the progression of the disease and don’t advise their patients accordingly.

People with schizophrenia cannot overcome deep tension. For example, recovery of self-esteem can be long term, adding to their social isolation, sense of alienation, and social defeat. These aspects contribute to the spiral to more stress and anxiety and a deep sense of helplessness.

Research in Europe by researchers such as Jim van Os, in the Netherlands, has highlighted the etiological importance of various psychosocial risk factors in schizophrenia. On a biological level of analysis, much of the research has focused on the neuroendocrine system, particularly the limbic-hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (LHPA).

His research notes that only the LHPA is embedded within a multilevel system of functional connectivity that includes many neurotransmitter systems (including the dopaminergic, glutamatergic, adrenergic, etc.), ionic and metabolic neurotransmission.

The link between the LHPA hyperarousal and hippocampal function may explain the deterioration of neurocognitive functioning sometimes observed in chronic psychotic states. Dopaminergic neurons in the prefrontal area (key neurons in traditional and modern reductionist perspectives on schizophrenia) are particularly vulnerable to stress, even at low levels (Horger, 1966).

Some may assume that the increase of cortisol is the result of the schizophrenic illness. However, research has been conducted that demonstrates that increased cortisol levels result in psychotic relapse, which means that stress was a precursor to and not a consequence of psychosis. (Koehler) (Walker, 1997, 2000, 2001) (Lewine, 2005)

Stress and the Hypothalamus

Researchers have shown that the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenaline axis is involved in various ways during chronic stress depending on the type of stressor, the individual response to the stressor, and other factors. Stressors that threaten the physical integrity, are uncontrollable, or implicate trauma may have a high profile and higher than normal levels at night, resulting in a high level of cortisol release during the day. Controllable stressors instead tend to produce more normal morning cortisol. The release of the stress hormone tends to gradually reduce over the time since tension occurred.

The effect of the average levels of cortisol in schizophrenic patients compared to controls match with people that suffer from affective disorders. People with schizophrenia cannot overcome deep tension. For example, recovery of self-esteem can be long-term, adding to their social isolation, the alienation, and sense of social defeat. These aspects contribute to the spiral of more stress and anxiety and a deep sense of helplessness (Diforio, 1997).

The person with schizophrenia is terrified about normal existence and its multitude of social demands coupled with an inability to communicate with others. Parents and partners of persons with schizophrenia need to be extremely sensitive to the reality that persons affected by schizophrenia perceive. People with schizophrenia need to feel supported and loved in spite of their inabilities to socialize well and to communicate. This is why education of the parents and partners is so essential. I believe this education is extremely lacking in modern psychiatric care, both inside and outside of the hospital. In my case, we all walked around in the dark, ignoring the basic symptoms until it was too late. This is a real tragedy in the current scientific age where so much can be known about the brain and its functions.

Patients of Dr. Mackliff and their families are filled with deep gratitude for Dr. Mackliff for his thirty years of careful scientific work, documenting his findings based on simple observation of his patients and what improved their condition. This is the valid scientific research that has been basically stopped by the pharmaceutical industry with its greed for profits from perpetuating only antipsychotic drugs for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar depression, a close relative of schizophrenia. This is the evil afflicting those with schizophrenia in the twenty-first century.

First BEAM Patient Filmed Interview, Guayaquil, Ecuador 2015

I am re-posting this post with the comment that Danny told me that it took three years to completely recover from schizophrenia. He did not experience any relapses. Other patients who had BEAM surgery had one or more relapses and had to resume higher doses of anti-psychotic drugs for periods of time. In my book I give a complete realistic story of the patients and their recoveries. Ultimately, this treatment has had highly successful results compared with any currently available treatments.

Danny Carchi

First Patient Interview

The day after arriving in Guayaquil, we met the first patient, Danny Carchi. Danny is a thirty-two-year-old man who lives with his mother and twin brother in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Before having the BEAM surgery, he studied electrical engineering at a university, but due to his illness, he had abandoned his studies eight years ago. He was submitted to BEAM in 2012, five years ago.

His disease began in 2005, when he was twenty-one years old, with an intense catatonic state. Two years later, he was diagnosed with schizophrenia. He experienced tactile hallucinations under the skin and audio hallucinations. His mother said that he was so rigid and had such tremors that she had to feed him with a spoon. She was completely desperate, and when Danny saw an article about Dr. Mackliff and the BEAM procedure in a college paper and showed it to her, she called immediately and made an appointment with Dr. Mackliff.

This is how the patients and Danny’s mother described their experience of living with schizophrenia.

DANNY: “I thought I was being chased, that people could read my mind—everybody was paying attention to me. I had a hyperactive mind—too many ideas.”

NARCISA: “I had perceptions. I thought that my family didn’t love me. I totally was 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 was always rejecting them.”

ROBERTA (DANNY’S MOM): “He would become rigid—a lot of sweating. He couldn’t keep his balance. His food would fall from the spoon while eating. At this point, I was desperate. We reached a point in which I had to feed him, especially at dinner time, after I came back from work. At bed time, his feet became very cold, so I took him to the doctor; the doctors diagnosed him with depression.”

Results after BEAM

From the first day after surgery, Danny told his mother that the acoustic hallucinations had disappeared for the most part; he stopped believing that the car horns were directed at him. His attention, memory, willpower, and thought content were normal according to Dr. Mackliff.

A few months after the surgery, Danny told his mother that he felt normal and that the disease didn’t bother him anymore. He wanted to return to the university, and he did. He is now in his third year at the university studying Informatics.

Danny has the confidence and composure of someone who knows who he is and knows who he is not. He is a clear example of the maturity of someone who has recovered from a great trauma, schizophrenia. He looked directly at us while speaking, spoke deliberately and intentionally, and was warm and compassionate. It was such a pleasure to know him.

He stated that it took about three years to completely recover from his illness—that it was little by little. Danny is now on one-fourth of a tablet of antipsychotic medicine per day and has a completely normal life. He lives with his mother and twin brother who has just graduated from the same university in Guayaquil.

When asked what, his message would be for young people with schizophrenia in the United States, he said, “Have faith, believe in your healing, have the surgery, have hope, and never give up.” “Never Give Up” was written on a T-shirt a girl was wearing while I was running along the Malecón on the morning of the interview.

His mother’s message to other mothers was that “meeting Dr. Mackliff and knowing the BEAM surgery was a true blessing from God. My life and my son’s life have been restored, and I am so grateful.”

Roberta told us, “I would tell the families of patients with schizophrenia, not to hesitate, go for the surgery, with Dr. Mackliff or with whoever they like or can, because in our case, this gave us back our life, I was on the verge of madness.”

Danny’s message to others with schizophrenia was, “What I can tell anybody suffering from this disease is to keep the faith, keep going, fight, and with this doctor’s help, you are going to be better—your life is going to be normal again. I know this because Dr. Mackliff’s treatment has been successful for me, and after the surgery, I haven’t had any relapse; I have continued with the medications for a while but only one-fourth of a tablet daily. So, keep up. Trust in God. He will help you.”

Please share this post with others who like you are looking for a schizophrenia solution. It is the only treatment solution for schizophrenia, and it will never be found by the millions of dollars of pharmaceutical funded research in developed countries.