Guidepoints Spring 2016 Issue

NADA Philippines ADSes Map

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Dear Acudetox Specialists and Friends,

Warm Greetings of Peace and Solidarity from NADA Philippines!

The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) Philippines is a non-profit volunteer organization that supports the use of a five-point ear acupuncture protocol known internationally as the NADA Protocol.

Every year since 2010, NADA Philippines has held a regular forum where Acudetox Specialists (ADSes) join hands and share their different experiences from all over the Philippines.

For this year’s activity, NADA Philippines is inviting NADA Acudetox Specialists from other countries to join us and be part of this yearly celebration of sharing and networking.

NADA Philippines will be holding its 5th National Annual Forum on February 27, 2016 (Saturday), at the Quezon City Sports Club, E. Rodriguez Avenue, Quezon City with the theme “Strengthening the NADA Spirit through Solidarity with Local and International Partners.”

We are inviting you to be part of this forum that will feature the diverse experiences and updates from the ADSes here and abroad in their continued work in providing ear acupuncture to various communities and sectors.

Registration fees (inclusive of kit, lunch, two snacks and photo booth):

-For Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist (ADS) – Php500.00
-For Non-ADS – Php750.00

Kindly confirm your attendance to ensure food reservation by sending a text message to Ms. Evelyn Dulay through mobile 0917-7305964 and email /

Thank you and we are looking forward to your attendance/participation in this annual activity!


7:00 – 8:00 Registration and Remembering the Qi
8:00 – 8:15 Invocation
8:15 – 8:30 Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Janet PAREDES, Board President
NADA Philippines
8:30 – 8:45 Inspirational Message
Dr. Isidro SIA, Director – General


Marilyn TOMILAS, Baguio City, Philippines
·         Work in Disaster and the Mining communities after Typhoon Ineng


Pam ROGERS and LAW La Say, Thailand and Myanmar
·         DARE Network to present (Drug and Alcohol Recovery and Education) Acudetox: Treatment in the Burmese Refugee camps on the Thai-Burma Border


Morning Break


Mary Ann GABISAN, Compostela Valley, Philippines
·         “Nurturing the Spirit in the Valley”


Lars WIINBLAD and Mette WIINBLAD, Denmark
·         NADA Protocol andBenzodiazipines, Anti-depressants in general, SSRI
·         Uses of Nada Protocol in various settings: psychiatric units, street workers, hospice, prison, homeless people
11:45 – 12:00 Questions and Answers
12:00 – 1:00 LUNCH BREAK


Sr. Jesie BARACENA, Quezon City, Philippines
·         A Channel of God’s Mercy in the year of the family and the Eucharist.


Vanessa TOP, New Caledonia
·         NADA and Tobacco in New Caledonia


Melinda GALLEGO, South Cotabato, Philippines
·         Work with MI-HANDS (Mindanao Humanitarian Network Against Disasters)


Suneel VATSYAYAN and Pallavi VATSYAYAN, India
·         Peer Education and Acudetox
3:00 – 3:15 Afternoon Break
3:15 – 3:30 Message from the Founder
Dr. Michael Smith
National Acupuncture Detoxification Association
3:30 – 3:45 Synthesis
Ace Lennon BABASA and Trisha Janine SANIJON
NADA Philippines
3:45 – 4:00 Special Report: NADA PhilippinesUpdates and Progress
John Joseph POSADAS, Program Manager
NADA Philippines
4:00 – 4:30 Discussion
4:30 – 4:45 Program Closing
Invitation to ADSes and Proceeding Plans
Victoria DUCAT, Board Vice President
NADA Philippines
End of Forum

CONVENOR:               Janet PAREDES
SECRETARIAT:          Trisha Janine SANIJON, Ace Lennon BABASA, Chie CASTILLO, Evelyn DULAY, and Francelle NAPURA
HOSTS:                        Mirren SUN and Dorothy NUBLA

The September-October 2015 issue of Guidepoints featuring the article on NADA at the Philippine Children’s Medical Center is now available. Click here to read the issue.

For those interested in having a copy of the NADA Certificate with the TAHC Org Accreditation No. printed, the requirements are the following:

  1. Complete name
  2. Date of graduation
  3. Venue

Reprinting cost is Php150.00. Kindly deposit the amount to the NADA Philippines bank account:

Bank of Philippine Islands (BPI) – Loyola Katipunan Branch.
Acct. name is NADA PHILS.
Acct. number is 3081-1171-78.

Email the scanned deposit slip along with the required details (name, date, venue) to on or before February 10, 2016 (Wednesday). You will get your certificates at the 5th Annual NADA Forum on February 27, 2016 (Saturday).

(Please note that requests received after February 10 will be entertained at a later date and certificates will be printed with the next batch.)

If you order on Feb. 27 itself, re-printing cost will be Php200.00 and you will receive your certificate after 10-14 days.

Thank you!

Article written by Janet P. Paredes

This year, NADA Philippines collaborated with KYTHE Foundation, a non-profit organization and the only provider of the Child Life Program in the Philippines that delivers psychosocial care in hospitals to indigent children with cancer and chronic illness.

This is the first time that a group such as NADA Philippines has offered to give free ear acudetox treatments to the parents and caregivers of these indigent children at the Philippine Children’s Medical Center Hospital (PCMC).

It is our aim to somehow alleviate the suffering of the parents and caregivers by giving them some space even for 20-30 minutes sitting down during their acudetox treatment, while their children are being treated at the hospital.

This is also a two way process, wherein the acudetox specialists also learn from the sharing of stories from parents and caregivers and from the children themselves.

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We are inviting NADA ADSes who are willing to volunteer their services for the NADA Philippines-Kythe Foundation partnership project, “Kythe flies with NADA,” to come join us on October 23 & 30 (Fridays), 2-4pm at PCMC to give treatments to the parents and caregivers of indigent children with cancer (leukemia, thalassemia, blood problems).

For those who are volunteering, kindly send us a text at 0908-369-1598.

Thank you and we hope to see you there!

(Article written by Janet P.Paredes)


This was our NADA orientation and demonstration last August 20 at the Hematology and Cancer department conference room of PCMC.

Doctors, nurses, interns, and staff were present at the orientation and they all had ear acupuncture. Everyone had a good snooze while sitting down at the conference room. They were all asking when will be their next treatment.

This was in preparation for the KYTHE-NADA coordination to give free treatments to the caregivers of children with leukemia and blood problems at PCMC.

Dan Macalagay, KYTHE coordinator, informed us that PCMC provides Free Chemotherapy to the children with cancer. Parents, caregivers with the children start falling in line for assessments and consultation from 5am to 7pm.

NADA Philippines has offered its services by providing free ear acupuncture to the parents and caregivers of the children. We shall start this Sept. most likely every Friday from 2pm to 4pm at the KYTHE office at PCMC.

Volunteer ADSes are warmly welcome! Please sign in with Ms. Evelyn Dulay (+63 908 369 1598).

(The following article has been shared by NADA ADSes in Ecuador with the rest of the NADA International community.)

Point location was presented Friday night. Our class consisted of 5 bilingual students: two Ecuadorians, two North Americans and one Spanish. Ages ranged from 21-48. After practicing on each other Saturday morning we set up clinic for friends and family. The first clinic day students treated ears. The second clinic day the students treated people with ears.

With our didactic training we created a document to record information on each person the students practiced with. The students practiced on a minimum of 50 people. This allowed us to review unusual situations that arose during practice. It also allowed us to asses our work statistically.

The students seemed to experience no cultural bias in performing the treatments. There were eight weeks between the first weekend’s class and the second weekend’s class. This allowed everyone time to achieve their required practice numbers. The settings in which they fulfilled their practice were extremely varied, bookstores, private homes, offices and an open market. In all the settings the recipients returned and brought friends and family because their experiences led them to want to share the feeling of wellbeing that they felt.

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Beverley de Valois and Tarsem Degun’s paper reporting an exploratory study into using NADA to improve well-being in prostate cancer survivors is available to read below: