Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Bizarre Nerve Damage

On October 11, 2002, in the “United States of America”, I had psychiatric surgery without consent and against my will. I underwent a procedure known as a “sympathectomy” or “ETS Surgery” at the hands of a surgeon named Richard J. “Rick” Fischel, MD, PhD. Besides a litany of physical disabilities, I suffer a profound loss of emotional response., I am unable to experience fear, thrills or excitement. While my intelligence was not affected, and some emotions remain intact, the “high end” of my emotion is permanently gone.

Sympathectomy involves cutting out a significant part of the sympathetic chain of ganglia, a part of the body I had never even heard of prior to 2002. Why would I undergo such a barbaric neurosurgery? This is embarrassing to reveal, but I’ve decided to go forward.

During my 20’s and early 30’s, I spent a lot of time touring, playing keyboards in bands. But after the 1993 world tour with Mother’s Finest, I decided to quit the road, and focus on writing and producing music. This meant going to pitch meetings and industry functions. It was new and exciting. And a bit nervous at times.

It was then that I developed an occasional problem where, in some of these nervous situations, I would begin sweating from my face. It wasn’t that I felt overly nervous at all. I was able to speak just fine, I wasn’t trembling. In fact, except for the sweating, I enjoyed being a little keyed up. It reminded me of the feeling of being backstage, about to go on.

But a few embarrassing sweat episodes made me begin to dread the thought of going to another meeting. It was then that I heard an ad on the radio talking about “hyperhidrosis” or “excessive sweating”. The ad promised a cure with a simple outpatient procedure. Intrigued, I did some googling and discovered a half-dozen websites of surgeons offering ETS surgery to treat hyperhidrosis. All of them claimed it was safe and effective.

I found a surgeon down in Orange County California by the name of Rick Fischel. Not only an MD, he was a PhD, rare for a surgeon. I met with Dr. Fischel and he confidently explained that he had developed a special form of ETS. He explained that there are two types of sweating – normal, physiologic sweating, and abnormal non-physiologic sweating. We need the normal sweating, he said, to keep the body cool. But the abnormal sweating was caused by a “little tiny nerve” inside the body. By cutting out this “little tiny nerve”, the abnormal sweating would go away, while the normal sweating would be left alone.

He said that a possible side effect of the surgery was something called “compensatory sweating”, where the lower part of the body has some “mild moistness”. But, he assured me, because of his special method, this problem had “gone away” in 100% of all his past patients.

This sales pitch from Dr. Fischel turned out to be nothing but a pack of lies and omissions. As it turns out, that “tiny little nerve” was actually 6 major sympathetic nerve ganglia, bundles of neurons, like little brains. There aren’t two types of sweating. ETS doesn’t just stop the excessive sweating, it permanently destroys ALL sweating on the top 1/3 of the body, forever. This is a dangerous and disturbing condition known as “anhidrosis”. My skin in this area is painfully dry at all times. My hands, especially, are so extraordinarily dry that I it’s all I can do to keep from screaming. Lotions and creams just don’t work for more than a few seconds.

But that is only the beginning of the nightmare. ETS surgery causes a "split body syndrome".

The sympathetic nervous system is responsible for our “fight or flight” response. These sympthetic ganglia are connected to the heart, and lungs, and blood vessels, and bones, and bone marrow, and sweat glands, thyroid gland, and fat tissue, and much more. Even goose bumps are controlled by them. So it’s predictable that each one of these systems will be altered. Indeed, that is the case.

My temperature regulation is completely fouled up. The top 1/3 of my body is routinely 10-12 degrees hotter than the lower 2/3, as thermal imaging reveals. My heart will not respond very much at all to emotion or exercise. My surface blood vessels are paralyzed wide open, unable to properly constrict, causing a ceaseless throbbing sensation in my hands. Levels of certain hormones are abnormally low in my blood and spinal fluid. My thyroid is completely denerved. All of this was confirmed during a week long study of me at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, in a protocol headed by Dr. David Goldstein.

I knew the minute I awoke from ETS surgery that I was altered. I noticed a strange feeling that I can only describe as a detachment from myself. It is as if my own feelings are happening to someone else. As it turns out, the same ETS surgery is used to treat psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and panic attacks, with significant results. I had psycho-surgery.

From 2002-2005, mostly prior to beginning 9/11 research, I researched the effects of sympathetcomy on humans. The culmination was the world’s most comprehensive treatise on the subject. The surgeons who inflict this barbaric nerve damage obviously must lie and conceal the known effects from their prospective patients, otherwise no one in their right mind would ever consent to it.

You may visit this site to learn more about the effects of sympathectomy, and visit this discussion forum to learn that I am not alone. Many people have been victimized by ETS surgery. ETS is the biggest surgical fraud since lobotomy.

I struggle every day in an effort to understand how ETS affects, for example, my judgment. Think about it. How might your judgment change if you were no longer able to experience fear? I was formerly a rather cautious driver. Now, I find myself weaving around other cars on the freeway, and not reacting in the least when another car appears ready to slam into my rear end, or cuts me off.

I believe this is quite relevant to my 9/11 research. Some of the alleged “researchers” are just government ops, seeking only to confuse. But I’m starting to think that the mostly sincere researchers are afraid of the truth. I don’t blame them. The only possible conclusion from 9/11 truth is to abolish the government. Atrocities like 9/11 are what governments do.

I have studied and fully support the so-called “Austrian” school of economics, in the tradition of Ludwig von Mises, Murray Rothbard and Hans-Hermann Hoppe. The upshot of this large literature is that government intervention into the economy is always harmful. We do not need it. As Robert LeFevre said, “Government is a disease masquerading as its own cure”.

So there is a solid intellectual reason to not fear a “revolution” or a “Constitutional Crises” that would result from 9/11 truth becoming widely understood.

Still, my personal experience reveals that most alleged 9/11 researchers stop short of the truth. They won’t go “inside the opponents 20 yard line”, to borrow a sports metaphor from Morgan Reynolds. Besides demolition, most likely nuclear demolition, the full truth of 9/11 is that the mainstream media inserted fake airplanes into video and called it “news”.

I’ve proven this. I’m taking the ball into the end zone. Could it be that everyone else is simply afraid, while I am not?


spooked said...

that sounds terrible.

how about a malpractice suit against your doc?

Anonymous said...

Hey Ace,

You implied that the nerve damage affects your judgment; what should your listeners take this to mean with respect to 9/11?

Ace Baker said...

It means that, unlike others, I am not afraid to present the truth about 9/11. Quite a few people have warned me "don't go there". It simply doesn't register. I'm going there.

Mia said...

If you enter 'sympathectomy' and 'fear' into google, you will see how it can and will affect even judgment. It eliminates fear (responses) in big part. It means that there are many more careless drivers out there who lost the ability to have instant reactions/responses. A delayed reaction is not something you would want, and neither would you want to have your emotions - good and bad - capped.

Anonymous said...


I'm from Brazil and I did sympathectomy. Today I see my life after and before surgery. Sympatehctomy destroyed my life. I agree with you about nervous risk. Sympatechtomy is an complete invasion in our body. Is wrong, is dificult to acess ET area...

Sorry for my english, but if you want to talk with me, my e-mail is jrsmachado@uol.com.br

Mia said...

you probably are aware of the fact that your thesis, and your terminology that describes the disabled autonomic nervous system (autonomic neuropathy) has been used in an article by a french doctor writing about sympathectomy. Here is a section of the article:
Side Effects and Complications of Surgery for Hyperhidrosis
Pascal Dumont, MD
Department of Thoracic, Cardiac, and Vascular Surgery, Unit of Thoracic Surgery, University Hospital of Tours - Hoˆpital Trousseau, 37044 Tours CEDEX, France

"A severe form of CS is the split-body syndrome, or corposcindosis, which is defined as an autonomic neuropathy in which the sympathetic nerve function has been divided into two distinct regions, one dead and the other hyperactive. In these cases, the patient feels like he or she is living in two separate bodies.
The rates of CS in some series from the past 10 years are summarized in Table 4, with rates of mild CS varying from 14% to 90% and severe CS from 1.2% to 30.9%. Some investigators only report on patients who have severe CS because they believe that almost all patients develop mild CS after sympathectomy."

Congratulations on achieving 'official' status for your thesis and thanks for your continuing hard work in the anti-ETS movement.

Ace Baker said...

No, I wasn't aware of the Pascal article until now. Thank you very much for bringing this Mia.

Mia said...

there is something wrong with the sound on the Fischel videos, always where something important is being stated. Is it possible to fix it?

Ace Baker said...

I found a hack to force YouTube to play the "HQ" version. See if the sound works better.

Also, Mia, do you have a copy of the Pascal Dumont article? I'd love to read it. Seems it was also a chapter in a book: