Making a Documentary Film on BEAM

Excerpts from A Life Worth Living – Schizophrenia Alternative Treatment: Part 3 – A Solution for Schizophrenia


Suzanne Ayer Patterson and Dr. Jose Mackliff at Grand Hotel de Guayaquil

Chapter 4     Making a Documentary Film

My research into the BEAM treatment and Dr. Mackliff ultimately led me to travel to Guayaquil, Ecuador, in May of 2016, with a Mexican camerawoman to film interviews with the doctors who do the BEAM surgery, and the patients who had had the surgery. I wanted the families and patients with schizophrenia to be the spokespersons for the treatment in their own words. To accomplish this, we interviewed Dr. Mackliff, two BEAM surgeons, three patients, and a psychiatrist not associated with Dr. Mackliff or the BEAM treatment. Dr. Mackliff and Dr. Sanchez generously paid for my flight and all of our expenses while staying in Guayaquil.

Guayaquil, officially Santiago de Guayaquil, is the largest and most populous city in Ecuador, with around 2.7 million people in the metropolitan area, as well as being the nation’s main port. Guayaquil is not only the beating commercial heart of Ecuador but is a vibrant, sprawling city growing ever more confident. A half dozen or more high-rise buildings give it a big-city profile, and several hillsides are engulfed by shantytowns. But it’s the Río Guayas’s Malecón (the city’s riverfront town square, eatery, and playground combination) that defines the city’s identity.

We stayed at the beautiful Grand Hotel de Guayaquil, just a few blocks from the Malecón, where I exercised each morning. Although a record 7.8 magnitude earthquake had just struck the coastal city of Manta and neighboring Quito only a few weeks before traveling, Guayaquil was left relatively untouched except for some structural damage to the gothic cathedral, some older buildings, and a bridge that connects to the highway going to Manta, the beach town of the earthquake’s epicenter. Dr. Mackliff and his wife were in Manta when the earthquake struck and described not being able to stand during the strong movement from the quake.

Doctor Interviews

Dr. Mackliff explained to us the process of schizophrenia and why adrenaline was chosen as the hormone to eliminate. He told us, “The hypothalamus-pituitary-thyroid (HPT) axis is formed by three hormones: glucagon, cortisol and adrenaline, but in the schizophrenic patient this axis is failing to arrive, and this results in metabolic problems, energy problems inside the neuron, in other words a series of factors causing intracerebral communication disorders between the thalamus and the cortex and this is the schizophrenic process.”  Mackliff found that adrenaline was the easiest of the three hormones produced by the HPT axis to eliminate, and that it could be eliminated by opening the adrenal medulla gland and electro-coagulating the medulla, without interfering with the other two hormones.”

He also told us that the patients who have had the BEAM surgery don’t have schizophrenia any more. We would learn more about this when we interviewed the patients.

Please share this post with others like you who are interested in a solution for schizophrenia. You won’t find this information in English anywhere else.

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