Frequent Questions about B.E.A.M

Frequent Questions

Many doctors and patient´s families often have the following questions when considering B.E.A.M. Given the experience gathered from the surgeries, there is growing evidence that we consider necessary to share with doctors and patients.

  1. Could the patient suffer from Addison’s disease after B.E.A.M is practiced?

Addison’s disease is caused by destruction of the adrenal glands due to infection or steroid therapy. In the operation B.E.A.M, the gland is not destroyed, only the adrenal medulla tissue; the cortex with all its hormones continues to work. It should be noted the difference between the cortex and medulla can be explained by any doctor.

  1. Could the patient be slowed by the lack of adrenaline?

When adrenaline is removed, the body uses norepinephrine and cortisol for alertness in responding to stress. Adrenaline is not necessary to live because it is replaced by cortisol and / or norepinephrine.

  1. By blocking the main production of adrenaline, does this have an effect of low energy in the patient?

The role of the Adrenaline function is to regulate the glucose and after B.E.A.M, glucose is regulated by the glucagon and cortisol. Further the hypothalamus gives instruction to the brain for dopamine regulations in all cases of schizophrenia or Parkinson.

The energy and vital body functions are assigned to the autonomous system (sympathetic parasympathetic) and the hypothalamus.

  1. Can there be weakness, without breath, fatigue and exhaustion after the operation?

No weakness or fatigue, as this would occur if the operation was done in the adrenal cortex and should affected the hormones from it; however B.E.A.M only electro-coagulates the adrenal medulla, not the cortex

  1. Lower defenses, prone to infection?

The immune system is not affected, since this is primarily composed of white blood cells (T lymphocytes, neutrophils, antibodies, cytokines, macrophages, among other components) that help its functioning. B.E.A.M has nothing to do with the immune system.

  1. Does it affects the motor function – heart rate?

The motor system is not affected because the operation does not affect the brain cortex or spinal cord; on the contrary, it improves the motor system when we operate on a patient with Parkinson.

  1. Is the stimulus and response also affected?

The stimulation response system is not affected, since the autonomous system is working normally after B.E.A.M.

  1. Will there be weight loss?

There could be a weight gain as a side effect of antipsychotics, and when antipsychotics are decreasing, then the normal weight is regained.

  1. Does B.E.A.M affect the metabolism of carbohydrates?

The carbohydrate metabolism is impaired in schizophrenia and after the intervention of bi-lateral electrocoagulation, the adrenal medulla, the cortisol and glucagon act to replace adrenaline and regulate glucose.

  1. Does it affect the heart rate and brain vessel constriction?

After B.E.A.M heart rate is regulated by the autonomic system (acetylcholine and norepinephrine).

  1. Is there variability in blood pressure?

The electro-coagulation of adrenal medulla does not alter blood pressure in any operated patient.

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