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. 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)

1.) Who is Dr. Brian Bailey?

      How did AcuDestress originate and why?

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

     contribution to AcuDestress?

3.) Why choose ACUDESTRESS over other methods?

      Which patients benefit?

4.) While anyone might benefit are there some patients

     who benefit better than others?

5.) Is the program covered financially?

6.) Is AcuDestress for adults only or can youth benefit ?

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 administrator is Jane Vance at 613-319-6750 and jane.vance@acudestress.ca 

Nancy Defalco-Bailey 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.

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 helpful explanations. Reading, however, is optional, before and during sessions.

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Your patient’s first step is to have an INTAKE APPOINTMENT with Dr. Bailey. Anything they read beforehand is meant to clarify details.

This page is a first-time viewer page for HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS, if you’ve seen already seen it and are here to refer a patient CLICK HERE

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

  2. ANSWER: Dr. Smith has 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 successfully treating the mass trauma of the World Trade Center disaster after Sept
  4. 11th 2001. It was quite inspiring!

   Want to watch the 4 min. video

   of it on the right? 

   To view the  full 17+ minute

   version of  Unimagined Bridges

                CLICK HERE


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.

An overview of the program CLICK HERE