Do you have a child who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia or bi-polar depression and put on anti-psychotic drugs? Two million adolescents, adults and children have been diagnosed with schizophrenia in the U.S; 1.3 million children are currently diagnosed with bi-polar depression. Antipsychotic drugs are the approved first line of treatment for both of these diseases.
In my book I counsel parents that anti-psychotics have not been proven safe at the doses at which they are prescribed and have terrible side effects, the worst of which is suicide or ‘the final episode’ as named by the pharmaceutical industry. These adverse side-effects are minimized and some neglected all together by the pharmaceutical companies and the psychiatrists who prescribe them. Antipsychotic drug treatment represents a $264 billion dollar industry in the U.S.
There is an alternative to antipsychotic drug treatment which is a procedure done in Ecuador by Dr. Jose Hildalgo Mackliff. This is a new treatment since 2006 that almost immediately eradicates the symptoms of schizophrenia and gradually reduces the anti-psychotic drugs your child has been put on and in many cases eliminates them.
I am writing this book for parents who have children who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia and for young adults who have schizophrenia. In August 2013, my 20 year old son, Marco, was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and put on antipsychotic drugs. It began a one-year period where his dad, his girlfriend, and I experienced many changes in my son’s moods, behaviors, ability to communicate and to function normally. We experienced three hospitalizations from his reactions to both taking and not taking the medicines he was given. We had very little information and direction for what actions to take during this period. For this I blame the psychiatrists, who hesitated in even giving a diagnosis. The only concrete information we were given was to be sure that Marco kept taking the medicine and report any side effects or changes in his behaviors.
Just after Marco’s diagnosis, an Ecuadorean psychiatrist told us that with schizophrenia things change very quickly and they did. During that one-year period, we had neither time to read about schizophrenia and antipsychotic medicines nor were we educated by the psychiatrists we saw.
We learned about an alternative treatment for schizophrenia which was done in Ecuador by a psychiatrist named Dr. Jose Hildalgo Mackliff. This procedure is called B.E.A.M, bi-lateral electrocoagulation of the adrenal medullas. It eradicates the production of adrenaline from the adrenal medulla glands located above the kidneys. This new procedure only performed since 2006, has helped 82 people to-date with schizophrenia by eliminating their symptoms within a relatively short period of time (often three days) and reducing or eliminating their need for anti-psychotic medicines over a year’s time.
All of Dr. Mackliff’s research led to an understanding that with antipsychotic treatment alone, the sequence will always be.
Patient – psychiatrist + antipsychotics- = relapse – Hospital = chronic illness.
Combining antipsychotics + surgery the sequence is:
Patient – psychiatry – surgery + antipsychotics = recovery + reduced antipsychotics, adjustment and subsequent elimination of psychiatric medication.
My passion is to help parents and their children by offering a toolkit that shares my and my son’s experience with schizophrenia and antipsychotic drugs, and shares knowledge that I have amassed over one year of research at UCLA Biomedical Library and from interviews with Dr. Mackliff and other psychiatrists about the illness and treatment of schizophrenia.
The Tip of the Iceberg will be published in May, 2016 and be available for sale on this site.