Welcome to AcuDestress

This first-time viewers page introduces our medical stress management program. As AcuDestress is a uniquely effective application of state-of-the-art ways to work with stress the twin skills - mindfulness and neuroplasticity, the page will expand your vista on it.

Learn more about  AcuDestress below. The program is introduced in a series of questions on the left and in a series of answers and short videos on the right by its founder and creator, Dr. Brian C. Bailey M.D.


(Clicking on Question makes Answer appear)

Who is Dr. Michael O. Smith and what was his

contribution to AcuDestress? (this page)

How does acupuncture effect emotional problems like

depression and anxiety and the like? And does it hurt?

What happens at sessions in addition to acupuncture?

Is this for adults only or can youth benefit from it?

What is the cost of receiving AcuDestress?

Your experience of AcuDestress begins with an individual intake visit of one hour, which is  covered by OHIP fully and approximately 90% by the Régie de l’assurance maladie de Québec.  After your intake appointment you decide whether to attend. Our program coordinator,  Jane Vance is at 613-319-6750 and


Nancy Defalco-Bailey (nancy@acudestress.ca ) handles payments and insurance receipts. Visit our APPOINTMENTS PAGE  with remaining questions and to book your intake date/time and our Frequently Asked Questions page for further inquiries.


AcuDestress is a life-altering energy-shifting training session, by which, following one month of treatment, non-meditators fast track to mindfulness, then learn neuroplasticity, all initiated/sustained/modulated by AcuDetox ear acupuncture. Many recipients report that they become able, subsequently, to manage stress without psychotherapy and some are able to come off psychoactive medication.

For an overview of the process CLICK PATIENT OVERVIEW HERE.

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  1. QUESTION: Who is Dr. Michael O. Smith M.D., D.Ac.  and what was his contribution to AcuDestress?

  2. ANSWER: Dr. Smith championed the use of one of the most remarkable acupuncture protocols used today since 1974 when he successfully replaced methadone in the hospital’s heroin treatment program with ear acupuncture learned from neurosurgeon H. L. Wen.  The points had originally been used for anaesthesia to allow surgery on patients who were awake. Dr. Wen had discovered that they also ablated substance addiction within 15 closely-congregated treatments in most patients.
  3. When Dr. Smith was invited to come to Toronto so that his work (which came to be called AcuDetox) would spread to Ontario, he encouraged Dr. Bailey among others to pioneer it’s adaptation to stress management. Dr. Smith expanded his organization (NADA)‘s mandate into stress management by opening the doors of New York City’s LIncoln Hospital to all comers, thus successfully treating the mass trauma of the World Trade Center disaster after Sept 11th 2001. It was quite inspiring!

  4. Want to watch the video of it?  To view the  4 minute trailer  version of  Unimagined Bridges   CLICK HERE   If you would like to see a video of how the acupuncture needles are inserted CLICK HERE.