A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Reactive Attachment Disorder
I had a question the other day about reactive attachment disorder.
Reactive attachment disorder (RAD) is a condition in children who’ve received grossly negligent care and don’t form a healthy emotional attachment with their primary caregivers before age 5.
Attachment develops when a child is repeatedly soothed, comforted, and cared for, and when the caregiver consistently meets the child’s needs.
It’s through attachment with a loving and protective caregiver that a young child learns to love and trust others, to become aware of others’ feelings and needs, to regulate his or her emotions, and to develop healthy relationships and a positive self-image.
The absence of emotional warmth during the first few years of life can negatively affect a child’s entire future.
RAD can affect every aspect of a child’s life and development.
There are two types of RAD: inhibited and disinhibited.
Treatment of RAD has two goals.
The first is to ensure the child’s in a safe environment.
This is especially important in cases where the child has been abused or neglected.
The second goal is to help the child develop a healthy relationship with an appropriate caregiver.
Treatment also focuses on the caregiver.
Counseling may be used to address issues affecting the caregiver’s relationship with and behavior toward the child.
Teaching parenting skills also can help improve the relationship with the child and help develop attachment.
Treatment may also include play therapy.
This technique allows the child and the caregiver to express their thoughts, fears, and needs in the safe context of play.
To deal with reactive attachment disorder it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily to hydrate and flush toxins.
*Eat a high-fiber diet consisting of 50-75% raw foods, including large amounts of fruits and vegetables plus brown rice, lentils, and potatoes. For protein, eat beans and legumes, fish, raw nuts and seeds, skinless white turkey or white chicken breast, tofu, and low-fat yogurt.
*Eliminate alcohol, caffeine, canned and packaged foods, carbonated beverages, chocolate, all junk foods, refined and processed foods, salt, sugar, sweets, saturated fats, soft drinks, and white flour from the diet.
*Avoid foods that contain artificial colors or preservatives.
*Avoid fried and fatty foods like bacon, cold cuts, gravies, ham, luncheon meats, sausage, and all dairy products except for low-fat soured products.
*Omit wheat and wheat products from the diet.
*Eliminate MSG and all artificial sweeteners as they are neurotoxins.
*Get regular moderate exercise.
*Use an elimination diet to test for food allergies, which can aggravate the condition.
*Have a hair analysis test to rule out heavy metal poisoning.
*Try to improve blood oxygen supply to the brain with deep breathing exercises. Hold your breath for 30 seconds each half hour for a 30-day period. This promotes deeper breathing and helps to increase oxygen levels in the tissues of the brain.
*Don’t go without food. Eating frequent small meals daily is better than eating 2 or 3 large meals.
*Increase fresh air, sunshine, connect with nature.
*Decrease toxic exposures of all kinds (food and environmental).
*Consider massage therapy.
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