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 the AcuDestress program below in one or more of several ways. The program is introduced in a series of answers to questions on the left and in a series of short videos on
the right by its founder and creator, Dr. Brian C. Bailey who, in turn, was introduced to its main component - an ear acupuncture variation called AcuDetox - the seminal work of Dr. Michael O. Smith M.D. (now retired from) New York City’s Lincoln Hospital.
  1. QUESTION: Who is Dr. Brian Bailey (see also Dr. Bailey’s  curriculum vitae)

  2.                      How did AcuDestress originate and why?

  3. After graduating from Queen’s University I entered family medicine in 1969 in my home town of Smiths Falls Ontario, and because of a lack of mental health services in a small town, rapidly became interested in his patients’ mental and emotional growth and development. But I found too that it was difficult to devote the time it required in order to do a good and complete job due to the time demands of medical practice.

  4. I searched high and low, gaining expertise along the way, for a way of delivering a highly effective methods which could be integrated fully over a short period. Early forays taught me a lot but failed the acid test of the time they took and/or the permanence and depth of the change, until I heard Dr. Michael O. Smith M.D.  speak in Toronto in 1990.

To view the full 17+ minute version of

Unimagined Bridges  CLICK HERE

  1. QUESTION: What are the session about in addition to receiving acupuncture?

  2. ANSWER: Change begins in small measure but very rapidly for some. Recipients begin having new things occur as early as after the first treatment. In order not to dismiss
    these phenomena out of hand, a group of 12 or more people are assembled for the session. As people note change they are encouraged to talk about it. This spurs on others in the room. A lively conversation ensues. I searched far and wide to make it even more effective, adopting the transpersonal  psychotherapy of Dr. Roberto Assagioli, the mindfulness insights of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and was intrigued by the neuroplasticity work of Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz. These all blend into a delightful exchange, leaving people competently mindful and able to do their own neuroplastic work afterwards. 

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 coordinators, Maureen Fallis (Ontario registrations) is at 613-699-2841 9-12 a.m.  RIta Berthiaume (Quebec  registrations) is at 819-827-0363. Maureen schedules appointments, answers questions, and supports patients through the process. Rita also 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.
  1. Dr. Bailey’s contribution creates a powerful intersect between high-results AcuDetox® ear acupuncture and modern neuroscience, by adding high-impact mindfulness and neuroplasticity

People planning to attend may enjoy reading  our favourite book on neuroplasticity. The Brain That Changes Itself is by Canadian author Dr. Norman Doidge. Dr. Bailey’s own (free) explanatory online book The Magic of AcuDetox Part 1. and the page on this site devoted to Mindfulness and Neuroplasticity are good too. Reading, however, is optional, before and during sessions.

At each person’s intake session we look for gluten sensitivity in their history (see above Ch. 4). It is all too often seen with chronic stress, and may have to be corrected before attending.


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  1. QUESTION : What does acupuncture have to do with depression and anxiety?

  2. I thought acupuncture was for headaches and joint pains. And does it hurt?

ANSWER: North American and European researchers, after many trials, concluded that acupuncture, while working in lots of situations, didn’t work in faulty emotional scenarios. But Dr. Smith’s protocol changed that completely. Not only does it work but it works wherever emotional help is needed. It does hurt a tiny bit, some days more than others due to changing humidity in the air - but few people complain.  Any of the modern methods now used to work with stress - of which mindfulness and neuroplasticity are the current best sources of therapeutic help, work about 5 times faster and 5 times better than occur otherwise, when ear acupuncture is used concomitantly.

AcuDestress is a life-altering energy shift, by which, in just one month, non-meditators fast track to mindfulness, then learn neuroplasticity at lightning speed, all initiated/sustained by AcuDetox ear acupuncture.

Four out of five recipients are rendered able, subsequently, to manage stress without psychotherapy or psychoactive medication.

Dr. Smith expanded his organization (NADA)’s mandate into stress management by successfully treating the mass trauma of the World Trade Center disaster after Sept. 11th 2001. It was quite inspiring!

Want to watch the 4 min. video of it on the right?

Already visited this page and instead are looking to get an APPOINTMENT ? Require more information? Either  call 819-827-0363 or CLICK HERE

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER IN ADVANCE for your OHIP-covered INTAKE SESSION, then decide after this session whether to attend.

Call:  819-827-0363 10 - 4  p.m.

          weekdays, or leave a message, or send an e-mail to: admin@acudestress.ca  Patients of SEOCHC call Dominique Massé 613-737-7195 ext 2416



Locations: Most sessions will be  held at Southeast Ottawa Community Resource Centre at 1355 Bank St.