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October, 2008 - Issue #48
Ask The Doctor>
Q: When can I start letting my child watch television?
A:
The American Academy of pediatrics took a lot of heat some years ago when they recommended that children watch no more than two hours of television. They went on to recommend that there should be no television exposure until the child is at least two years old.
We often remind families that "all television is educational." Children learn from all television programming. There is also some evidence that they learn even more intensely from video games than from television. It is generally better to expose children to characters with admirable qualities, doing things you would like to see your children do. Slower-paced, commercial-free programming is also advised. Most importantly, we suggest watching television with your child in order to help him or her understand what's happening on the screen.
Finally, it's critical to be aware of the activities that television is replacing. You never get that time back. When your child smiles at her favorite character, the character on screen doesn't smile back. Be sure you're there to do exactly that, as much of the time as possible.

Infertility Acupuncture Now Available
Traditional Eastern Medicine provides customized treatment for both partners wanting to conceive. Often the stresses of life, frustration, improper diet, inadequate rest, unhealthy emotions, lack of exercise, toxins, pollutants and genetic factors all lead to an imbalance in the body. Acupuncture and herbal therapy offer a holistic approach to health care and are a widely-accepted form of treatment for those who cannot tolerate the side effects of strong medications, or have problems that modern medicine cannot adequately treat (like infertility). Dr. Koh is one of a few select Doctors of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (DAOM) in the United States. He has extensive experience as a practitioner and an educator and is currently a professor at Stanton University. He now provides acupuncture for the treatment of infertility; 257-1233 www.newhopehealingarts.com

Destiny Youth Foundation and LETMESAIL Presents "An Evening of Inspiration" on October 20
Held at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m., guests will become inspired to overcome obstacles, break barriers and achieve more than they ever imagined. There will be guest performances by Patrick Henry Hughes, a musician, University of Louisville marching band player and motivational speaker who is blind and physically challenged; as well as Kathy Buckley, a comedienne, actress, humanitarian and inspirational speaker who is hearing impaired. The event is perfect for families with pre-teens and adolescents; 702-8555 www.letmesail.org

Moms On The Go...
Saturday, September 20
Free Self Defense Class at Valencia Executive Boxing Learn some fantastic techniques to protect yourself. Open to women of all ages. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 367-2444
www.valenciaexecutiveboxing.com

Beginning Sunday, September 21 Posh Pastries Introduces Monthly Baking Classes Classes will be held the third Sunday of each month from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Classes are $25 per person; 360-4949

Wednesday, September 24 Emma's Nest Hosts Bella Notte Trunk Show From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., order Bella Notte's new fabrics and colors and receive a 20 percent discount as well as a gift. Emma's Nest is located at 28060 Hasley Canyon Road in Castaic; 295-3994

Thursday, September 25 and Saturday, September 27 Real Deals Home Decor Hosts Thanksgiving Open House An early look at the new fall, Thanksgiving and Christmas decor, good food and a raffle. Bring a donation or canned good for the SCV Food Pantry and receive 15 percent off one item. Real Deals Home Decor is located at 21170 Centre Pointe Parkway, #200 (behind WalMart and Sam's Club); 753-9033

Thursday, October 2 Infinity MedSpa Co-hosts a Night of Beauty Three of Valencia's cosmetic procedure practices will combine forces for one informational evening of beauty at the Tournament Players Club from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. If you've ever wondered what the world of cosmetic medicine has to offer, here's your chance to learn from the experts; 259-8100 infinitymedspa.com

Thursday, October 23 Balance Point Spa Hosts Goddess Fun and Charity Night Benefiting Circle of Hope From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., spend an evening on you and help others! Taste wine from Loose Goose and food products from Tastefully Simple, purchase great jewelry, have a mini-service (massage, paraffin hands, foot treatment, reiki) or an angel reading and more; 252-0650
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