Who is Dr. Brian C. Bailey?


My family on both sides is emigrant Irish (1800-1820) largely tilling the land as farmers or educating others as schoolteachers (both parents). I grew up in a small town in Eastern Ontario (Smiths Falls) near where my ancestors had settled, and eventually was a family physician there for ten years.


“I graduated from medical school at Queen's (1968) aspiring to be a surgeon. Family practice was right down my alley. I’d spent my last two years in medical school working as a live-in psychotherapist, working with children between 8 and 13, mentored by psychiatrist Dr. Brian McConville. I took to the work like a duck to water.

I found out very quickly before I graduated, that I was interested in tackling people's emotional/ mental problems (or, more correctly, having them solve them themselves) but I also realized that medical school hadn't prepared me well for doing this (I‘d received the same one hour training in talk therapy that is provided in medical school on nutrition.)  Anyway, I wasn't about to listen to people lying on the couch 5 days a week for perhaps 10+ years.  No patience for that. I wanted to have people recover in short order, and the system didn't seem to allow for that. Fritz PerlsGestalt Therapy promised something better - and faster. So I studied it. And I could orchestrate it passably well. Once engaged in a busy practice which spread my time resources thinner, I found the demand for talk therapy exceeded my ability to meet it, so I began to search for a process which was both thorough and highly successful within a short period of time. In my search I studied with the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis, becoming an ASCP teacher, bioenergetics with Dr. John Pierrakos M.D., the co-founder of Bioenergetics with Alexander Lowen, Fernando Flores, and Robert Fritz in Boston, and Patrick H. O’Leary and Maria Beesing in Toronto - among others. I also had the good fortune of studying acupuncture with the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada in 1976.

Gestalt therapy is good, but it's way too adventuresome to be every patient's cup of tea, and I wanted to find something that was not just fast but universally workable. Similarly I found that hypnosis powerfully impacted on a segment of the population, but not everyone. It was especially great for delivering babies without filling the mother with drugs. I never liked drugs. Still don't. So there were some very promising therapies, and they taught me a lot. but I didn't feel yet that I had hit the jackpot.  

Not until I met Dr. Michael O. Smith, an eccentric wicked-humoured psychiatrist from New York City's  Lincoln Hospital.  Totally out of character for the Alcohol and Drug Research Foundation of Ontario,  a meeting had been set up in Toronto for Ontario's medical acupuncturists to meet Dr. Smith. I was one of them (with 15 years of acupuncture under my belt), but I thought perhaps I was in the wrong place when I found out that he treated substance addiction with five ear points.  But I don't treat addiction! So why was I there? I soon found out. First and foremost he was getting results better than 85%. And it had even surprised him that an 1979 independent study at the Miami Drug Court of incarcerated individuals who were also substance addicted not only had 85% success with the addiction, but also reduced recidivism from 45% to 3%.  Unheard of? Yes!

Smith convinced me that his positive results in 85% of patients with addictions revolves around a transformation of the underlying personality,  rather than some physiological effect on the addicting substance.  He was using acupuncture in a completely new way, a way discovered by a Hong Kong neurosurgeon, Dr. H.L.Wen, who was using the same points he used for anesthesia, and found they had a remarkable therapeutic effect on patient. This was introducing me (and my patients) to mindfulness long before the term was even invented by Kabbat-Zinn, and proving that the brain was neuroplastic 15 years before Norman Doidge (The Brain That Changes Itself) ever dreamt that a change was sweeping over treatment of brain disorders. Dr. Wen in Hong Kong did a lot of research to find out what it would take for every recipient to get the same result his first patient got with one treatment. He knew, as acupuncturists do, that one treatment acupuncture, while occurring only occasionally, does happen. His research came down to having about 15 treatments in the course of 3 weeks. He said that if that could be provided everyone would get the effect. Come on! That assertion went right over my head.  Even though I had been looking for something that would work with everyone, Western  physicians know better. No one gets universal effects from anything!

It took me years to find out that he was right. About 50 to 60% of my patients got results which were spectacularly better than I could do with psychotherapy. All that was required was putting in the pins.  And it all happened in a three (or four) week period.  The more serious the patient's problem, the more profound results they got - an absolute paradox. It had always felt that  it would be the patient's hard work, or my stupendous therapeutic coup that would make the difference, but some people without uttering a word and without having any conversation with me -  simply got better -  in spades.

The problem was that there was another 40 to 50%  who hardly noticed that anything had happened to them.  I was accepting of this at first,  because I hadn't really even been able to listen to the prediction that results would be available to everyone.  It took me years to find out that some people were quite negatively impacted at the beginning by the profound change that was occurring, and so they simply (and silently ) refused to go down that road.  A tough-minded PH.D. scientist refused to accept the softness that overcame her when dealing with her daughter,  and dug in her heels,  until I convinced her to go and ask her daughter how she had felt.  When she learned that her daughter had never felt so close to her, she dropped her resistance.

Closing the gap with the 40-50% whose results were blocked by the patient’s resistance did not happen overnight. On the one hand it dragged out over time because I has caught in the presupposition that there would be people who would not benefit. That was a meme I learned in medical school. On the other hand, I began to have experiences in another project I took on (1999-2005) which made me less certain that there were people who couldn’t change. Everyone knows, for example, that bullies don’t change any more than tigers lose their stripes. Our project was a successful attempt to deliver rapid maturational change to adolescents aged 10-19 over the course of  a two and a half day program. Naively, it never occurred to us that we would be confronted with bullying. But it also never occurred to us that under “optimal conditions” bullying would melt away in short order. But it did, effortlessly, in our Young Canadian Leadership Challenge. An understanding of how that change occurred (the so-called Hoving Effect ) is the subject of my book on the subject Love, Liberty and Leadership. The Hoving Effect  (see Love, Liberty and Leadership Ch. 3 p. 25-26 ) was also the inspiration behind Dr. Martin Seligman’s highly acclaimed (1995-1999 ) depression-averting program in youth.  

Now I have the pleasure of working with others who can also ferret out the glitches in peoples acceptance of this remarkable form of ear acupuncture  which most people who know about it call AcuDetox. By having a team rather than being a one-man show, my results can soar. And they have.” 

Dr. Bailey’s Unique Contribution to AcuDetox Usage - AcuDestress

The Internet is replete, in recent years, with many web sites extolling the recently-developed use of AcuDetox for stress management. Bravo! Stress Management AcuDetox has now taken its proper place. Smith’s Lincoln Hospital patients and the early participants in the Miami Drug Court usage of AcuDetox demonstrated powerfully, as early as the 1970’s, that underlying psychological conditions in substance-addicted people break up simultaneously with the recipients detoxifying from substance addiction. For this reason, it was a natural next step to make AcuDetox available when the New York City health care system was overwhelmed by the World Trade Center attack in 2001. The city was in dire need and Smith’s NADA Protocol (AcuDetox) was up to the task!

Just as the NADA Protocol lends itself well to being a detoxifying front end to longer-term addiction treatment, with A.A. and N.A. as the back end, AcuDetox for stress management (AcuDestress) adds an equivalent back end particularly suited to it - and the most attuned and effective back end is transpersonal psychotherapeutic and educational work. This work is a unique adjunct which builds a secure platform under what is widely seen as emerging intuition - in three precise forms or RESOURCES.  Clients prosper by identifying with the RESOURCE which is specifically theirs.

We learned how to enhance our long term results in 1995 shortly after adapting Smith’s AcuDetox to the needs of our stress management patients. AcuDestress incrementally improved our already good results, step-by-step, by a further 50%. Just as combining AcuDetox with AA (or the like) optimizes results with addiction, our transpersonal educational adjuncts, which we teach our patients, significantly clarify the post-treatment process for the stress management patient, raising our therapeutic success rate to the same lofty levels reported by Smith with his addicted patients. While a select few similar approaches we’ve researched and have come to admire, like the Peniston-Kulkosky Protocol - which has also taught us a great deal about how AcuDetox works, also get results in this unprecedented range, we have not seen another approach which does its work within three to four weeks and with such ease of administration. We’ll gladly share AcuDestress our transpersonal adjunct to AcuDetox with other groups.