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Argument task: 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."
Write a response in which you discuss what specific evidence is needed to evaluate the argument and explain how the evidence would weaken or strengthen the argument.
While it may seems logical at first glance from the author’s statement that adding salicylates into the food can help reduce headaches. However, the author’s statement consists of several flaws which need to be clarified in order to prove the validity of the study.
First of all, as mentioned that many foods are naturally rich in salicylate, hence, only consumption of natural foods should be able to relief the symptom of headache. As mentioned by author, salicylates have been added to the foods for decades, therefore, the declination of headache should have clearly seen at the same time while such symptom still exist till today.
Moreover, the study is rely on only Mentia residents which is not enough to conclude that salicylates can help reduce the headache as there is no mentioned of the quantity of Mentia population and how the study was conducted. As the salicylates have been used around the world, if the statement is valid, other areas should have experienced the same declination of headache as well as Mentia.
Finally, there are numbers of factors that can affect the headache. Thereby, it might be inappropriate to conclude that salicylates can relief the headache. To illustrate, stress is one of the main factor which can lead to headache. If stress level of Mentia residents has been lower since last 20 years by the political campaigns or other reason, the headaches suffered might be lower as well.
In conclusion, the author’s statement mentioning that consuming salicylates can help relief suffer from headache according to Mentia residents contains several points need to be clarified as natural foods already contains salicylate which the headaches suffered should rarely exist. The number of Mentia population and how the study was conducted should be mentioned in order that the statement can be fully evaluated. Headache might happen because of many reasons which the declination of suffered in Mentia population can be the result of factors other than salicylate. With these issues clarified, the author’s study can be evaluated and can be used as a reference.
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