Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Things I Love...

After emailing with friend of mine that also happens to be an amazing RAD mom (she's not a blogger, yet,  or I would totally hook you up with her) it made me realize it's been quite a while since I've talked about things that have helped us.  We're tried many things in a holistic approach over the years.  These are things that we love....

A double dose of Omega's.  I don't know about your kid, but mine was not thrilled about taking two huge horse pills every day.  We found Barlean's Omega Swirls.  For the love of all that is holy buy some then hope and pray your kid hates it so you can keep it all for yourself.  It is unbelievably delicious.  I could take the whole bottle in one sitting.  We've used the Strawberry/Banana Swirl but now they have several other flavors.  If they are half as good as Strawberry/Banana you cannot go wrong.  The Chocolate/Raspberry for women is calling my name so I may just have to try it. There is even a vegan swirl.
Here's a link.

Did you know that there have been significant studies that suggest that high doses of Omega's will help regulate bi-polar?  The doseages that I have seen for adults have been around 8000mg a day so I would think half of that for a child.  Did you also know that it has been known to significantly help ADD and ADHD?

Niacin is something we also do.  You've probably heard Christine talk about Niacin. (If not, click here and here and here and here (are you getting the drift that Christine really loves Niacin?). It helps.  It really does.  Non-Flushing of course.  Joy has talked about it here.  There's another blog that I read and she posted about Niacin and forgetting to buy some. J at Stellar Parenting posted here. I can't remember whose blog that was on.  If it's you please send me the link so I can put it in here.  In fact, anyone that has blogged about your experience with Niacin please send me the link so I can put it in here.  Pretty please.

Yes, I know that Niacin is not a proper noun and doesn't have to be capitalized but it's so important in our family that I think it deserves the respect of a capital letter.

It's also used for depression and schizophrenia. 

Reiki, Reiki, Reiki.  I've blogged about it a LOT but it is amazing.  No, it is not religious.  J is attuned to do Reiki as well and her Reiki is very strong.  She can totally turn herself around in the blink of an eye if she chooses to do Reiki on herself.  Reiki is excellent for many things but it is especially helpful for mental illness.  Plus it's calming and soothing.  Can't go wrong with that.  You can search my blog for all the posts mentioning Reiki.  There are many.  We are so blessed that Kristy saw the changes with J after Reiki that she agreed to get attuned as well.  She has seen many changes in clients in her practice by using Reiki.

Would you please share the things that have worked in your radish patch?


Hannah_Rae said...

The Omega stuff looks wonderful, but expensive. How long does it last? We have been using Niacin, and I haven't noticed a huge difference, but I am not willing to take him off of them to find out either! :)

The Reiki looks interesting, but I need to learn more, and the only person I know who does it around here is quite pagan. I love her, but I don't trust her with my son's spirit.



Did I mention how glad I am you are blogging again?

J. said...

Link me up, I mentioned niacin in my last post and we are out but I don't know if I told you that... Perhaps I am not the only one out at moment! My healing happens post will be the lead at least until Thursday as I am teaching tomorrow, onemore day after that and my Orlando ticket is paid for... Woot

Jillian and Crew said...

We are now researching the non prescription world of help for our son with RAD...I am wondering
1) did you talk about it with your doctor first or are they closed off to this area of assistance/healing/help
2) Are they ever given in combo with prescription meds?

Open minded and Open hearted to all options,

Sarah said...

Love this! We must have been thinking on the same lines last night, since I started writing about what works too. We haven't tried niacin- my son is TERRIFIED of pills. He thinks they will take over his brain and make him act like a zombie. Gotta love bio parent conditioning.... What dose of Niacin do you give J? One serving of nutritional yeast has 290% of the RDA for Niacin- I am wondering if I could get a serving a day of that into my son if it would have the same effect without the scariness of pills...

Diana said...

Prayer - and a lot of it.

Other Mamas who get it!!! Don't just lurk our blogs. Leave comments. Get involved in the community. Speak up. Share your experiences and your questions.

A healthy serving of patience every single morning for breakfast.

Finding the right help. Cognitive therapy doens't work with our kids. I don't really think it works for most people, actually...at least not at the starting line. There's a link on my sidebar to a post I did a couple of years ago about how to find a good therapist.

Cleaning out my own emotional closet and dealing with my own emotional baggage. We all have it. That's what drives our hot buttons. You know which hot buttons I'm talking about, too. They're the ones our kids are masters at finding and love to push over and over and over again.
I'm just finishing up the Heather Forbes "Every Day is Mother's Day" online conference. Even if you're not into BCLC, I strongly recommend that every single trauma mama on the planet attend this conference. She does them all online now and runs this particular conference 4 times a year. It has been about a million times more effective than any therapy I've ever been to. Do it, ladies!!! You deserve it! You can find more info about it on Heather's website http://beyondconsequences.com

marythemom said...

We've done a couple of things like EMDR therapy with a therapist who specializes in working with kids with trauma, both for the kids and for myself.

I've heard great things about 5HTP and we started using it awhile back. I haven't seen a ton of improvement, but with my kids I no longer expect miracles. We also use Super B Complex, Omega, and Niacin (we use flush-free, but I've heard/read that if you can work up to it slowly that the regular Niacin is more effective).

Of course I still love using the FAIR Club for discipline with all of my kids because I can personalize it for each child, without having to make it obvious that they have differing abilities.

We've also simplified my kid's life by stripping their rooms, working with the school to reduce as much stress as possible there too, and lowering my expectations to be more age appropriate (I mean developmental age not chronological age). This has reduced dramatically the number of rages and has helped me accept and like my children better (can't tell you how often a day I repeat, "She's only 6" in my head regarding my 15 yr old daughter.).

I've also try to find lots of support and if I can't find any I make it! We tried to get together a TX RAD Mom support group, but we all got super busy and need to start it up again.

So glad to see you back!!

Mary in TX

Kathleen Benckendorf said...

A combo of Brain Integration Technique (Crossinology) and Integrated Healing that our practioner does. Good-bye Oppositional Defiant Disorder! I don't miss you at all!

15yo adopted son, treated last July - and >90% of ODD is STILL GONE. (Did I mention that was after only 2 hours of treatment and $200???) Best $200 I ever spent on therapy.

See here http://www.attachmentandintegrationmethods.com/testimonials/ (right side) for some short testimonial excerpts from others on the NEUROnetwork email list.