Canada’s Syrian Refugee Mental

Health Outreach

A Proposal to Ontario Community Health Centres and other agencies

An Introduction to AcuDestress as an Unique Answer to What to do About Refugee Mental Health

Part One

By Brian C. Bailey M.D.

Program founder

In December of 2015 it’s been just over two years since South East Ottawa Community Health Centre

Southeast Ottawa Community Health Centre  at Riverside and Bank in Ottawa is the home of the AcuDestress program.

and it’s partner, the Ontario Telemedicine Network opened their doors to AcuDestress for Stress Management. Having adapted to a multicultural largely immigrant clientele, we are ready to adapt further.

A year and a half ago there was an onrush among university students at Carleton University and Ottawa University in the early weeks of September just following the start-up of school - resulting in there being 150 students who could not be accommodated. Assuming their need was counselling, this would have required 5 or more additional counsellors and/or psychotherapists.

But qualified people are not just there for the hiring. They need to be selected carefully, and generally are. Solving this was difficult. Likewise military operations winding down often have a higher influx of PTSD candidates, and often the supply of therapists doesn’t meet the need. Thus the need for methods which treat multiple people simultaneously
without loss of effectiveness. AcuDetox, Smith’s method has always had better results with larger groups. The larger the group the better the effect. Acudetox can be administered to 13-14 patients as efficiently as it can be provided to one patient. As well, the cost-efficiency is staggering.

At the Toronto hospitals an expenditure of $1,000 for AcuDetox might  yield results equivalent of sending a substance addicted patient to a residential withdrawal facility at a cost of $45,000.

Women with hijabs have been surprisingly easily adapted to ear acupuncture, although, for convenience abd the avoidance of upset this might make it a good adaptation to treat men and women separately.

Add-on Minimal Talk Adjuncts Which Work Hand-in-Glove with AcuDetox

While we have added to the silent treatment with ear acupuncture talk-based exercises for learning mindfulness and neuroplasticity, and systematically achieved higher results, quite acceptable results were already seen in 60% with no talk therapy at all. More recently, as we sought various ways to increase our therapeutic yield the fairly simple task of having patients who are neurotransmitter deficient on account of gluten sensitivity (one in every two patients with chronic emotional symptomatology) go gluten free has increased our yield by as much as 15%.

Similar increases are expected from a recent pilot project of using emWave2 biofeedback (see Page
2) which can be done simultaneously with 5 point ear acupuncture without talk or language. Interestingly enough the early efforts by HeartMath’s Lew Childre were extolled in Joseph Chilton Pearce’s The Biology of Transcendence as early as 2003. Instruction to use this, non-verbally,  could easily be provided with simple translated Arabic handouts.
For articles from the AFTERBURNER journal on how and why AcuDestress can do it CLICK HERE
Canada’s mental health outreach to Syrian refugees is limited by an English/French/Arabic language barrier - but does it have to be? AcuDestress, has long ago evolved into a talk therapy mode from its many years offered in a talk-free format.

AcuDestress is a high-yield, innovative mental health initiative. First, it is easily adaptable and can be linked to the needs of disaster-traumatized refugees. Second it creates its results in a one month time period. What results do these  the refugees need? To overcome PTSD. To gain freedom from the trauma of being refugees. To accommodate to to a new country’s unfamiliar, living and eating conditions. 

The history of AcuDestress’ antecedent, AcuDetox, in Canada under it’s brilliant innovator, psychiatrist Dr.

Toronto General Hospital

Michael O. Smith  from New York City’s Lincoln Hospital has seen it grow from it’s 1990 introduction as a fast-track neuromodulation* tool treating substance addiction at the University of Toronto to a small but impressive network of hospitals in Toronto
beyond. These hospitals offer it uniquely, covered by an OHIP global funding initiative. It’s use was entrenched in Ontario in  the Ministry of Health’s Bill 50, the

St. Joseph’s Hospital

Traditional  Chinese Medicine Act after it became a worldwide
phenomenon due to its use in New York after the
World Trade Center disaster of Sept. 11th 2001.

St. Joseph’s Hospital

  The 911 disaster 
and the striking success of the Lincoln Hospital initiative at the

The neuromodulation* effect of Smith’s 5-point ear acupuncture had been applied in Toronto hospitals even before its use after the World Trade Center disaster.

time led the City of New York, as

Montfort Hospital - Ottawa

a result, to create an international disaster team to fly in to disasters worldwide to supply needed relief in short order.  The application of AcuDetox/AcuDestress is simple. Tiny-gauge acupuncture needles are non-obtrusively applied in groups sitting in a single room chatting comfortably. This occurs without the need for more than minimal therapeutic communication - just occasional translation back-and-forth from English to Arabic to answer questions. The refugees arrival in Canada with an unprecedentedly short time for preparation may overwhelm the existing mental health capacity much the way 911 did New York City. All the more reason for an effective therapy which similarly fits the bill.

  1. *neuromodulation is a unique property of a number of physical modalities, like repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) (Dr. Alvaro Pascual-Leone), Deep Brain Stimulation (Dr. Andres Lozano) and  the Portable Neuromodulation Stimulator (PoNS) (Yuri Danilov) which is seen to alter the vibrational properties of the deep brain to produce alpha and theta brainwave clusters (modules), which in turn lead to accelerated transformation of ß-wave-generated patterns of illness - such as multiple sclerosis and traumatic head injury. Neuromodulators like Smith’s 5-point ear acupuncture ( known as both AcuDetox or the NADA Protocol) accelerate treatment so that specifically-designed therapeutic operations (say for PTSD) can be potentiated into more highly efficient and quickly useful means of treatment.

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Page 3 Nutritional Considerations

Page 4 Organizing Relief


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Group work: Alexithymia, over it’s 40 year history following it’s discovery by Peter Sifneos,  has more or less remained untreated despite efforts to dismantle it, much in the way that PTSD has not responded well to treatment until efforts were expended to use non-traditional means. We know now, for example, that medication, still a mainstay of treatment in military situations, is probably better avoided than included in a treatment regime.

Using Arabic-speaking Facilitators who have been through our program will allow us to usher the participants through a largely (90%) non-verbal program, answer the inevitable questions which arise, screen for psychotic (or other) subjects who may need psychoactive medication (not many will need medication in our experience), and allow the participants to do the main neuroplastic exercises which we have been using through many prototypes with excellent results. 

While AcuDestress has added a patient-to-patient and patient-to-therapist  talking element, AcuDetox was (and still  is by NADA therapists)  used silently in the early stages. to deal with the language barrier, we’ll mostly, but not entirely use a silent format.  The theory behind AcuDestress is explained on THIS PAGE - Doctor-to-Doctor. Research behind each element  appears on THIS PAGE -  Researcher to Researcher.

How Sessions are Organized: Each one hour session can accommodate a group of 40 recipients who will work with Dr. Bailey as therapist and an Arabic-speaking Interpreter delivering the (minimal) verbal content and answering participant questions. The facilitator and the two pinning/emWave2 therapists will each pin 13+ subjects as they arrive, after which each emWave2 therapist will take four participants aside to start them on a 7-10 minute emWave2 session, moving a new group in every 6 minutes. Each session will have a 5 minute didactic practical session and a handout in Arabic explaining the content. On top of OHIP/OTN fees, the personnel cost will be $200-300 /patient for16 sessions.