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According to a review of 38 studies of patients suffering

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20 Apr 2011, 02:28
I think E is the strongest contender

IMO E
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20 Apr 2011, 02:34
IMO E is the answer, as no one can fast forever and according to E, as soon as the fast is over the problem of water retention is back again.
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24 Apr 2011, 12:53
E..i got it correct
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23 Apr 2012, 10:25
mbaMission wrote:
According to a review of 38 studies of patients suffering from water retention, a large majority of the patients reported that fasting eased their suffering considerably. Yet fasting is not used to treat water retention even though the conventional medications often has serious side effects.

Which of the following, if true, best explains the fact that fasting is not used as a treatment for water retention?

Ok, so basically I need an answer here that solves this paradox: fasting is good to relieve water retention patients of their suffering, but instead of that medicines are used that cause serious side effects in patients. Why would doctors ignore water fasting if it seems to be a better option than using conventional medicines?

(A) For a small percentage of patients with water retention, fasting induces a temporary sense of nausea Ok, first round, this makes sense, will leave it on as a contender although unlikely that is it the answer. On second though, this doesn't make sense because a temporary sense of nausea still seems better than medicines with serious side effects. This statement therefore does not help us solve the paradox. Remove.
(B) Getting patients with water retention to fast regularly is more difficult than getting healthy patients to do so. <-- this could help explain the contradiction. But once again not too likely. Stronger contender than A. Round 2: This doesn't make sense. The comparison between healthy patients (isn't that an oxymoron?) and water retention patients does not make sense. Remove as a contender.
(C) Fasting regularly over a long period of time can lead to temporary impairment of balance comparable to that induced by consuming several ounces of alcohol. This has nothing to do with the paradox at hand. Impairment of balance and water retention are two different topics and the stimulus has no info on this link. Definitely get rid of.
(D) The dramatic shifts in water retention connected with fasting have not been traced to particular changes in brain chemistry. Once again, this is not really relevant. Are the brain chemistry changes good for the patient or bad? If good, it would be silly to not use fasting as a treatment. If bad, then it makes sense...but this answer choices gives us nothing
(E) The water retention returns in full force as soon as the fast is broken by even a small meal.Very strong contender. This would help explain why despite the positive effects of fasting, it is not used much. Now, this is the only option left over that makes sense.

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23 Apr 2012, 10:57
+1 E

Fasting doesn't solve the problem at all. Just as choice E mentions:

"The water retention returns IN FULL FORCE in full force as soon as the fast is broken by even a small meal."
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25 Apr 2012, 07:09
mbaMission wrote:
According to a review of 38 studies of patients suffering from water retention, a large majority of the patients reported that fasting eased their suffering considerably. Yet fasting is not used to treat water retention even though the conventional medications often has serious side effects.

Which of the following, if true, best explains the fact that fasting is not used as a treatment for water retention?

(A) For a small percentage of patients with water retention, fasting induces a temporary sense of nausea
(B) Getting patients with water retention to fast regularly is more difficult than getting healthy patients to do so.
(C) Fasting regularly over a long period of time can lead to temporary impairment of balance comparable to that induced by consuming several ounces of alcohol.
(D) The dramatic shifts in water retention connected with fasting have not been traced to particular changes in brain chemistry.
(E) The water retention returns in full force as soon as the fast is broken by even a small meal.

Here the conclusion is "fasting is not used to treat water retention even though the conventional medications often has serious side effects"

We are asked to support it by the keyword "Best explains"

so checking for all A, B, C, D, E... E is the only one which suggests why Fasting is not considered.. hence the ANSWER
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