Debate goes on
In response to the January Debate,
“Should tanning salons be off-limits
YES. While other points [Dan] Humiston
made seem worthy of debate, my primary
objection is to his claim that there is no
causal link between indoor tanning and melanoma. His Web site’s reference to badly outdated research, his failure to cite his claims of
peer-reviewed studies and his evident ignorance of the more recent findings harm his
credibility. The cigarette industry reloaded.
East Wenatchee, Washington
NO. There are excellent reasons to tan.
Anyone who has suffered from skin conditions such as eczema knows that tanning beds
can provide relief when nothing else does.
Nanaimo, British Columbia
Odds and ends
I read with my usual IT guy dismay your
article on cloud computing [“Computing in
the clouds,” January 2010]. Like so many
developments in the world of information
technology, the words “cloud computing” have
that magical ring reminiscent of how “
dot-com” first sounded. We all know how that
ended up. While it is true that off-site hosted
applications and backups hold value for certain business situations, it is still an immature
technology segment. Do your homework
before you reach for the sky or you may be in
for a hard landing!
As a master teacher of the Pilates Method,
I find that the article in the last Costco
Connection [“Getting fit with Pilates,” January
2010] was lacking.
Pilates originally invented equipment
such as the Reformer and Cadillac as assistive
rehabilitation devices, and if someone is truly
a beginner or has pathologies, he or she should
start with a well-schooled and experienced
trainer with equipment if they have the option,
not with a mat class.
In “Up close and personal” [January
2010], many good ideas were presented, and
you correctly pointed out the many advantages of employing a personal trainer.
However, I was disappointed to see only three
national certification organizations cited.
Omitted was the American Council on
www.acefitness.org), founded in
1985, with more than 200,000 health and fitness professionals in the United States and 77
El Dorado Hills, California
I hate to argue with anyone, but being
a nurse, [I noticed] your “Hand-washing I.Q.”
[January 2010] has a few errors.
2. Washing should last 30 seconds. Long
enough to sing “Happy Birthday” to yourself,
including the “and many more” part.
3. No jewelry should be removed unless it
is not waterproof. If you have germs on your
hand, they are on your jewelry too.
5. Rinse from your elbows down.
7. You should turn the faucet off with a
dry paper towel. If the paper towel you used to
dry your hands is damp, you are picking up
the same germs you just washed off. If you are
using a public restroom, use that same paper
towel to open the door to get out so you won’t
pick up the last person’s germs who didn’t
wash their hands.
I think that your article [“Detox diets,”
January 2010], though it had a balance of pros
and cons, still did not help people understand
the detoxification options, or the true benefits.
There are detox methods that don’t starve the
body at all. Most of the alternative sources I
have accessed never recommend fasting or
purgatives, with the exception of a one-day
fast before a liver-cleanse process. Most plans
guide you through a process of eating the right
vegetables and fruits for a few days, gradually
adding other easily digestible foods, combined
with specific herbs and supplements.
Our bodies are designed to cleanse themselves, and for the most part they do it very
well. However, with all the toxins and artificial
additives in our foods, our bodies need some
help on occasion.
College Grove, Tennessee
Who’s got the cheese?
I enjoyed your article on Comté cheese
[“Comté country,” January 2010] and the fact
that you support smaller cheese makers. But
we also have many artisanal cheese makers
right here in the U.S. who could use your support. There are fabulous cheese makers a few
miles from the Bozeman [Montana] Costco.
Why not feature some of these folks in your
Costco does offer locally produced artisan
cheeses whenever possible. The Connection
ran a Buying Smart article on this program in
October 2008. Find it at
click on “Costco Connection Magazine” at the
bottom of the page, then “Online Archives
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