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Letters to the editor: Main Street Squeeze against juice cleanse dieting

DESTINY STERNOD, Pullman

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This is in response to a recent editorial on cleansing (“Juice cleansing may rid food of nutrition,” Jan. 10) by Sydney Brown, featuring a photograph by George Rodriguez. As the owner of Main Street Squeeze, I am greatly disheartened to see a photo posted of my business without giving consent to the purpose of the picture. I have no issue with the piece itself, as I agree with many of the points made. However, the image used is misleading as Main Street Squeeze is not mentioned in the article, nor do any of our business practices align with the material presented. Main Street Squeeze never uses language like “detoxing” for many reasons, largely because I know as a WSU graduate of biology, the term “detoxing” is scientifically unsound. Main Street Squeeze is also very much against diet culture and does not promote any of our products or services for the purpose of weight loss. As someone who has recovered from anorexia nervosa, it is my utmost goal that my business supports nothing but a healthy lifestyle, both physically and emotionally. We do offer cleanse packages, as for many people, cleansing is a way to reset, if you will, dietary and lifestyle habits. For example, many people who smoke prior to cleansing, afterwards notice a desire to smoke less, sometimes even quit altogether. What I would have appreciated much more, and what would be most beneficial to the reader, would have been for us to be interviewed for the article so we could give our own opinion on cleansing. In the end, I would like readers to understand the content of the article makes false generalizations, misleadingly paints Main Street Squeeze in a negative light, and that we’re just here to have fun and eat good food.