Creating a Bridge Between an American and BEAM Procedure in Ecuador

Suzanne Patterson and Dr. Jose R. Mackliff, Guayaquil Grand Hotel, Ecuador (May, 2016)

One and 1/2 years ago I flew to Ecuador with a Mexican camerawoman to meet Dr. Mackliff and interview the doctors who do the BEAM surgery and three of his patients who had had the surgery. I needed to experience the doctor and the treatment up close to take it from ‘a too good to be true solution to schizophrenia’ to a reality.

My task has moved from merely educating the public to bridging the gap between an American who is deeply programmed to believe in the scientific credibility of the American Medical System and its credentialed psychiatrists, as Brain Experts.

I realized that the person with schizophrenia and his family are in continual crisis mode, fueled by the excessive adrenaline which is the chief characteristic of schizophrenia. In this frantic state of stamping out fires that are ever newly popping up everywhere, it is impossible for a family to reach consensus to travel to a foreign and exotic south American country to have a surgery that American science has never even heard of.

My job has therefore become to become a representative of Dr. Mackliff and the BEAM Procedure through sharing evidence and personal experience, and engendering trust in a doctor whose total life commitment has been to relieve the suffering of people with schizophrenia.

The BEAM surgery is a response to the constant discomfort felt be a psychiatrist when his patients, who should be cured or their symptoms alleviated at least, continue to express the same disease every day, and the symptoms cannot be removed with a medicine that only mildly relieves their symptoms, with terrible side effects which make it unbearable for the patient to take.

Through his thorough and magnificent study of the metabolic processes of the schizophrenic based on observations of his patients as ward director of Sala San Jose, Lorenzo Ponce Psychiatric Hospital in Guayaquil, Ecuador, he connected his observations to the studies of scientific geniuses such as Hosking, Dide Girard, Korenyi and Lowenstein, Toward and Newman and the meritorious work of Arvid Carlsson, Nobel Prize winner in 2000. They concluded that in schizophrenia there is a pituitary failure, which causes a postprandial hypoglycemia and a Hypothalamus Pituitary Thyroid Adrenal (HPTA) axis fatigue. This fact constituted for Mackliff the main stimulus for further research.

All of Dr. Mackliff’s research has led to an understanding that with antipsychotic treatment alone, the sequence would always be the following:

Patient and psychiatrist + antipsychotics = relapse and hospitalization = chronic illness

Combining antipsychotics and surgery, the sequence is the following:

Patient and psychiatrist and surgery + antipsychotics = recovery + reduced antipsychotics, adjustment, and subsequent elimination of psychiatric medicine

Foreign and local private patients who choose the surgery are convinced by the extraordinary results obtained in other cases and just want to undergo the surgery and to return home as soon as possible.

It is difficult for his colleagues in Guayaquil to tell their patients to come for the BEAM surgery, because they have spent much time with their patients and many times have ordered their internment in the psychiatric hospital.

The decision for BEAM intervention is made by the patient’s family without authorization by his or her treating physician. And the decision is conclusive, as the results from the surgery show. There is an immediate change in the patient in a matter of 72 hours as Mackliff’s case study film shows.

Americans who are interested in exploring the option for BEAM treatment should call Dr. Mackliff (contact information is on, a Spanish translator is advised) and plan a visit to Ecuador to meet Dr. Mackliff and have their family member evaluated for the surgery, and to meet patients who no longer have schizophrenia as a result of the BEAM surgery. In schizophrenia, there is urgency to act. This is the most efficient way to seek help and guidance in a timely manner.

Remember, I am the mother of a 21-year-old son who took his life after one year of having schizoaffective disorder and being on antipsychotic treatment alone.

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Suzanne with son, Marco Joshua Alfonso (2014)


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