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Consumer advocate: Ephedra is a naturally occurring compound that some

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Consumer advocate: Ephedra is a naturally occurring compound that some people use as a weight-loss aid. Recently, the government prohibited the sale of dietary supplements containing ephedra on the grounds that ephedra has been shown to have grave side effects. This prohibition is unreasonable. Echinacea is another natural compound that has been shown to have side effects, yet echinacea is widely available at health food stores.

The consumer advocate's argument depends on which of the following assumptions?


A. Before the prohibition, ephedra had been available in health food stores.

B. All natural compounds are safe for human consumption.

C. The side effects of echinacea and ephedra are comparably serious.

D. The government should not have the authority to prohibit natural compounds.

E. It is unreasonable to protect the health of the public.

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Bunuel wrote:
Consumer advocate: Ephedra is a naturally occurring compound that some people use as a weight-loss aid. Recently, the government prohibited the sale of dietary supplements containing ephedra on the grounds that ephedra has been shown to have grave side effects. This prohibition is unreasonable. Echinacea is another natural compound that has been shown to have side effects, yet echinacea is widely available at health food stores.

The consumer advocate's argument depends on which of the following assumptions?


A. Before the prohibition, ephedra had been available in health food stores.

B. All natural compounds are safe for human consumption.

C. The side effects of echinacea and ephedra are comparably serious.

D. The government should not hav the authority to prohibit natural compounds.

E. It is unreasonable to protect the health of the public.




The Conclusion of the argument is

This prohibition is unreasonable

The author has compared grave side effects of ephedra with side effects of Echinacea

This is only possible when we take choice C into account.

C. The side effects of echinacea and ephedra are comparably serious.

if not then , there would be no conclusion !!

C for me
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The answer choice must at the very least explain what is happening in the argument.Hence D for me.
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Bunuel wrote:
Consumer advocate: Ephedra is a naturally occurring compound that some people use as a weight-loss aid. Recently, the government prohibited the sale of dietary supplements containing ephedra on the grounds that ephedra has been shown to have grave side effects. This prohibition is unreasonable. Echinacea is another natural compound that has been shown to have side effects, yet echinacea is widely available at health food stores.

The consumer advocate's argument depends on which of the following assumptions?


A. Before the prohibition, ephedra had been available in health food stores.

B. All natural compounds are safe for human consumption.

C. The side effects of echinacea and ephedra are comparably serious.

D. The government should not hav the authority to prohibit natural compounds.

E. It is unreasonable to protect the health of the public.


The author states that the prohibition is unreasonable and has not clearly explained the reason and cited availability of another substance which has comparably the same , thus the Author most probably tries to convey that both the substances are comparable in terms of side effects and other characteristics...

Among the given option only (C) seems plausible, hence Answer must be (C)
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Bunuel wrote:
Consumer advocate: Ephedra is a naturally occurring compound that some people use as a weight-loss aid. Recently, the government prohibited the sale of dietary supplements containing ephedra on the grounds that ephedra has been shown to have grave side effects. This prohibition is unreasonable. Echinacea is another natural compound that has been shown to have side effects, yet echinacea is widely available at health food stores.

The consumer advocate's argument depends on which of the following assumptions?


A. Before the prohibition, ephedra had been available in health food stores. - Wrong: No Tie to Argument

B. All natural compounds are safe for human consumption. - Wrong: Extreme choice - "all".

C. The side effects of echinacea and ephedra are comparably serious. - Correct: Author is assuming that echinacea and ephedra have equally grave side effects.

D. The government should not have the authority to prohibit natural compounds. - Wrong: No Tie to Argument

E. It is unreasonable to protect the health of the public. - Wrong: No Tie to Argument
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