My interpretation of pedals and the way I use them .... Vizzutti's Warm-up on the Dominant 7 chords ... I do them further down then he has written ... down to pedal C ... no extended work on them ... just part of one exercise. No messing with my embrouchure either ... There is also another note bending exercise I work on that has pedals in it. It's not that big of a deal to me and it's a very small part.I don't think any player doing an honest workout would screw himself up on pedals unless alot of time is devoted to it and/or they contort their chops to produce the tone.
It also seems beneficial to be able to produce a tone on attack that doesn't fall into a partial naturally.
Then again, no one is paying to hear me play either :)