GRE Essay Topic 949 - The following appeared in the summary of a study on headaches suffered by the residents of Mentia. "Salicylates are members of the same chemical family as aspirin, a medicine used to treat headaches. Although many foods are naturally rich in salicylates, for the past several decades food-processing companies have also been adding salicylates to foods as preservatives. This rise in the commercial use of salicylates has been found to correlate with a steady decline in the average number of headaches reported by participants in our twenty-year study. Recently, food-processing companies have found that salicylates can also be used as flavor additives for foods. With this new use for salicylates, we can expect a continued steady decline in the number of headaches suffered by the average citizen of Mentia. " Discuss how well reasoned you find this argument.
The conclusion of the essay may have some aspects that have been ignored. It is clear that the argument contains
The conclusion of the essay may have some aspects that have been ignored. It is clear that the argument contains several facts that are questionable.Does salicylates has the same function as aspirin? Does medicine like aspirin and salicylates can really cure headache cause by Mentai? And so on.
First,salicylates are members of the same chemical family as aspirin,but it doesn’t mean that it has the same effect on headache.
Second,a steady decline of headaches is not proved to be caused by the use of salicylates. There may have other reasons like better care about healthy,or doing more excises to strength one’s physical.
Third, even if salicylates can really cure headache, add it to food as additives would do nothing to people who aren’t suffered from headache.
It may then hurt people’s health because redundant absorbed. After all, everything natural is more salubrious to people.
Last, because headache is one of some symptoms of Mentia, we don’t know that whether it is caused by the same reason as usual headache.
We cannot conclude that salicylates would prove the number of people suffered from Mentia.
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