Inspired guidance to a medical breakthrough

A Medical Breakthrough

by Prof. Clancy D. McKenzie, MD

In September 1969, I took my first Silva Mind Control class—spurred on by the guarantee of clairvoyance or a full money-back guarantee. The experience was exhilarating. No one asked for a refund, and skeptics like myself seemed particularly impressed.

The timing was just right. I had completed formal academic training, including adult and child psychiatry residency programs and adult and child psychoanalytic training courses. This left me free to study my patients and to apply methods of creative thinking as taught in the Silva course.

Looking back, I recognize five ingredients that were vital components for my discovery of new concepts in the field. For many years I recognized only the first four.

The first was the thorough background and formal training I received.

The second was a separation from that body of knowledge for a period of time. You cannot see a cloud when you are in it; you must first separate to catch its outline and see beyond.

The third was creative thinking, that Jose Silva taught me.

The fourth ingredient was love. All of my efforts at deciphering cause, mechanisms, and treatment for serious disorders were propelled strictly out of a sincere desire to help my patients. It is this propelling force that provides the energy, the clarity, and the insights for healing.

Jose Silva’s course utilizes the same love energy for psychic diagnosis: Each trainee pictures the patient for the purpose of trying to help that individual, and according to Mr. Silva, it is largely because of this intended purpose that the trainee is able to do so much. As soon as the trainee begins thinking, Look what I can do, it is gone! It then is necessary to change that thinking to let me find out what is wrong with this person and what I can do to help. With that, the magic returns.

The creative techniques are taught well enough in the basic Silva course, and so there is no need to repeat them here—nor would this chapter allow enough space. Instead I will briefly summarize the findings for you.

The fifth ingredient is without doubt the most important of all; it is the higher guidance that orchestrates all that we do. Reflecting over the last 40 years, I see a long series of coincidences, synchronicities, visions, messages during the night, doors that were slammed shut, bigger doors that opened, each of which propelled me in the one direction—and without which nothing would have been accomplished.

The mystery solved

Often what is most profound, once revealed, is profoundly simple. I hope this is your experience as you read these next few pages, within which I describe a new origin for schizophrenia, depression, and other serious disorders.

Everyone understands posttraumatic stress disorder caused by combat. A car backfires next to a combat veteran, and he grabs a gun and hides in the woods for a few days. His reality and behavior change to that of wartime; even his body chemistry and physiology match that of the earlier time when his life was in extreme danger.

We “understand” because the earlier events associated with loud noise were so life-threatening that they were indelibly etched upon his mind and brain.

What we fail to recognize is that more terrifying than war trauma to a soldier is separation from the mother to an infant. To all mammalian infants, for as long as they have populated the earth, separation from mother has meant death. Thus the human infant is highly susceptible to what it considers to be a threat of separation.

This need not be an obvious threat of separation, such as one caused by the death of a parent or by parental divorce. Unsuspected events can overwhelm the infant and set the stage for the later development of a serious disorder. Such traumas might include the family moving to a new house and the mother busying herself making the new place look like home, or an older child becoming deathly ill and requiring all the mother’s attention for a period of time. In pervious generations, the birth of a younger sibling was devastating because mothers spent five days in the hospital following delivery. These separations might not seem traumatic from the adult perspective, but from an infant’s point of view they can be overwhelming. Any event that results in the mother’s temporary absence or distraction, potentially, can frighten the infant very much and leave the indelible mark etched upon its mind and brain.

Then 10, 20, or 30 years later, instead of a loud noise precipitating the flashback, it is a separation from some other “most important person” (husband, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend, or group) that precipitates the initial step back in time. And instead of combat reality and behavior, it is infant reality and behavior that we see. A full-grown man, for example, might sit in the middle of the floor, screaming, “Mommy! Mommy!”

The first time I witnessed this I was only 5 years old. An 18-year-old girl was running nude through the lawn sprinkler in the front yard, squealing with delight. As a young child I thought, What’s wrong with her? Grown-ups don’t do that.

It took a quarter of a century for me to realize that this was perfectly normal behavior, but transposed in time. Had she been 18 months old instead of 18 years old, no one would have thought anything odd about her behavior.

With careful examination, virtually every piece of bizarre reality and behavior of the person with schizophrenia matches in some way that of the infant, and when you have studied this as carefully, and for as long as I have, you will realize that it matches the reality and behavior of the infant at the precise time or age that the original trauma occurred.

Simple so far? Just like post-traumatic stress disorder from combat where a loud noise 20 years after the original trauma precipitates a flashback to war experience and behavior because loud noise was associated with terrifying experiences of war, a separation from a “most important person” 20 years after the original trauma precipitates the flashback to the infant experience and behavior because the infant feared separation and felt equally overwhelmed.

The difference

The most important difference between the combat veteran and the person with schizophrenia is that while the veteran flashes back to the brain structures he was using as an adult, the person with schizophrenia flashes back to the brain structures he was using as an infant.

These are the earlier developmental regions of the brain, the parts of the brain we were using at the precise time of the original trauma, before we learned to walk or talk.

These earlier developmental structures are the ones that produce more of the neurotransmitters involved in the disease process, such as dopamine, and when they are reactivated, they produce more! Is this not obvious? Why has no one suspected this? Why has everyone looked only from the opposite direction and wondered how dopamine causes schizophrenia?

Likewise there is a corresponding shift of brain activity away from the later developmental structures. Remember the grown man sitting in the middle of the floor screaming for his mommy? Was he using the part of his brain that developed in adult life? Obviously not. And what happens to a part of the body that becomes less active? It atrophies. This is much like the common expression “use it or lose it.” So the brain atrophies as the result of the disease process.

Aside from the search for a biological cause, there is yet another area of investigation that continues to take center stage over and over again: the search for genetic cause. In reality, only about one in 10 schizophrenics has a first-degree relative with the disorder—and half or more of them more likely are familial (habitual) instead of hereditary!

Contrast that with the ratio between delayed post-traumatic stress disorder from infancy (schizophrenia) and original trauma. This is a one-to-one ratio, because we cannot have delayed post-traumatic stress disorder without original trauma.

So why hasn’t anyone thought that schizophrenia causes an increase in dopamine and causes brain atrophy? Why do researchers only look at brain changes and wonder how these cause schizophrenia?

The answer might lie in motives for the search. Jesus said we could not serve two masters. Drug companies search for cause as long as it relates to something they can sell. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) searches for cause as long as it is biological, because Congress allocates 1.3 billions each year to search for biological cause. The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), hurting from unfair blame, searches for cause as long as God did it, because if it is not an act of God, family members might feel worse than they already do. (My heart really goes out to them because they suffer enormously, and they truly are not to blame.)

So the big three, searching for cause, have eliminated cause from the search!

Isaiah 44:25: Thus says the Lord: I am the Lord that turns wise men backward and makes their knowledge foolish. Could this be what is happening? It looks like it to me!

The unification theory of mental illness

What we have been describing thus far is a comprehensive formulation for the origin and mechanism of schizophrenia. It is a delayed post-traumatic stress disorder mechanism that applies to all serious mental and emotional disorders that I have studied, and for which the noted late Dr. O. Spurgeon English coined the name, the Unification Theory of Mental Illness.

The Unification model neither refutes biological change nor precludes genetic predisposition. I have no quarrel with any biological finding. The researchers have done their jobs very well. And their findings are important, because just as a chain can be broken at any link, so can schizophrenia be interrupted at many levels. Biological findings also confirm psychological origin, because nearly every biological change studied is precisely what we should expect to find when persons shift brain activity away from adult brain structures and back to regions of the brain that were active and developing during infancy.

Genetic factors represent predisposition, and their degree of contribution is not yet determined to my satisfaction. This does not change traumatic origin. Schizophrenia has a one to one correlation with early trauma, because delayed post-traumatic stress disorder cannot occur without earlier trauma.

This is a delayed post-traumatic stress disorder mechanism. Persons continue to have flashbacks, nightmares, and intrusive thoughts, which accumulate in the age-of-origin-specific mind and brain. If the trauma occurs at age 1 year, then it becomes like a growing abscess of troubled thoughts in the 1-year-old mind. With each flashback, nightmare, and intrusive thought, there is an enormous process of repression that occurs. This serves as the wall of the abscess, which protects the individual from the painful thoughts within. As this abscess of the mind grows, the defensive wall thickens. Eventually, 10, 20, or 30 years later, there is a symptom-precipitating trauma that is sufficiently intense and similar to the original symptom-defining trauma that it breaks through the defensive wall, stirs this abscess of the mind, and causes a volcanic eruption and surfacing of the unconscious material that has been repressed over the years.

This surfaces as the acute positive symptoms of schizophrenia. The massive defensive wall of repression is recognized as the precursors of schizophrenia (the child is shy, timid, does not socialize or participate in rough sports—and does nothing to stir the sleeping giant in the unconscious mind). After the appearance of the acute positive symptoms, this same defensive wall changes names and now is called the negative symptoms of schizophrenia.

This same mechanism operates in all delayed post-traumatic stress disorders from any age, and it has the same components and the same derivation. In fact, all these disorders meet criteria for delayed post-traumatic stress disorder. The major difference is that following the volcanic eruption of the repressed material, the defensive wall no longer is as intact, and recurrences happen with little further provocation. Thus, following an initial psychosis there are recurrent psychotic episodes; following major depression there are recurrent major depressive episodes; following an initial panic, phobic, or anxiety attack there are recurrences of the same; and following the initial “crossing the invisible line” in alcoholism, all it requires is one drink to start the process all over again.

Why has no one seen any of these things? They are so simple I can explain them to a young child, yet the entire mental health community continues to look in the wrong direction for cause.

Autism and symbiosis represent acute instead of delayed post-traumatic stress disorders. With the 20-fold increase in autism, why has no one conducted a simple survey of the incidence among offspring of working versus nonworking mothers? Separation is the most overwhelming trauma to infants, and the 20-fold increase coincides with the advent of the working mother.


You now have an overview of the origin of schizophrenia and other serious disorders. There might or might not be significant genetic predisposition. Regardless of this factor, in order to develop the disorder later in life, there must be an infant separation trauma. I have not seen this to be otherwise, whenever the history is known. There are thousands of events that can cause the infant to feel threatened with separation and overwhelmed, and most of these are not obvious to the adult. This is no one’s fault, and the events are unintentional.

Many years later, a spouse, friend, or group rejects or leaves the person. If this experience is sufficiently intense and similar to the first, then the individual can flash back to the time of the original trauma, and exhibit the infant reality, behavior, and feelings. The person also shifts brain activity to earlier developmental regions, which results in the biological change.

This is the essence of the Unification Theory of Mental Illness, and if you understand this much, then in my opinion you understand more than most physicians, more than most researchers, and more than the National Institute of Mental Health. You certainly do not know more about the disorder, but you have a better understanding of its origin and how it works. This is very important, because with this understanding you will be able to understand prevention, and why it is unnecessary to have the disorder.

Lastly, in reviewing how the above information was gathered over the years, I am amazed at what I myself never had recognized until recently. The development of intuitive techniques, combined with the sincere desire to help the 45 million families around the world who suffer unnecessarily with schizophrenia, the five times as many with depression, and more with bipolar disorder, ADHD, school violence, autism, symbiosis, borderline personality disorder, alcohol and drug dependence, eating disorders, and more, brought help from a higher source.

As I reflect over the last four decades, I realize that the information came through dreams, visions, coincidences, synchronicities, messages during the night, visits from angels during the night, strange occurrences, one door slamming shut and another opening—without which I could not have continued on the journey. Even my interests and hobbies, from early childhood, seemed to be preparing me precisely for this journey.

All this came from higher up. I can’t claim credit for any of it. I had a desire to help, so much of a desire that I was even working on the problems at night, programming for dreams to provide guidance. It was dreams, visions, coincidences, synchronicities, and so on, that guided me to these conclusions. I take no credit for myself—other than being an unsuspecting messenger. To God be the glory for the work He has done!

Note: Such insights, those that change an entire field of thought, come only through enlightenment techniques. (Dr. McKenzie credits the Silva training with introducing him to techniques that started him on a journey inward and allowed for intuitive answers.) With the help of the creative insights that he gained at the alpha level, Dr. McKenzie made a major medical breakthrough in understanding the cause of schizophrenia and depression. His findings as to origin have been tested and confirmed on 9,000 patients with schizophrenia, and his treatment methods, based on that insight, are so effective that many patients no longer need medication after the first few months. More of Dr. McKenzie’s work, including his new treatment methods and his textbook, are featured on

This article is reprinted with permission from Jose Silva’s Everyday ESP by Jose Silva Jr. and is © copyrighted by the American Mental Health Association.

You can learn more about Dr. McKenzie's groundbreaking work at this archived copy of his website.

His work is also featured in our Persuasive Thoughts book, as well as his own book Babies Need Mothers.

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