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Some experts believe that within the next few decades, we will be able to identify the dietary pitfalls that lead to a particular group of illnesses. This will allow researchers to discover which foods can prevent health problems, and also which foods lead to health problems. Therefore, those people who follow the dietary standards based on that knowledge will be able to completely avoid the particular group of illnesses at issue.

Which of the following assumptions is necessary to the argument’s conclusion?

A Only one dietary strategy can effectively counteract each of the particular group of illnesses.

B Eventually, medicine will be almost entirely based on nutrition strategies.

C Each member of the particular group of illnesses is caused solely by dietary factors.

D All diseases have some dietary causes or cures.

E It is difficult to convince people to change their diets without solid proof of the costs or benefits of certain dietary habits.

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25 Sep 2010, 12:26
I am thinking it has to be C. The conclusion clearly states, "those people who follow the dietary standards based on that knowledge will be able to completely avoid the particular group of illnesses at issue."

It assumes that that particular group of diseases is solely caused by dietary factor.

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25 Sep 2010, 12:56
Its C according to me...Please let us know the OA.
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This is a modified assumption question. The conclusion of the stimulus states that "people who follow dietary standards will be able to completely avoid the particular group of illness at hand".

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Some experts believe that within the next few decades, we will be able to identify the dietary pitfalls that lead to a particular group of illnesses. This will allow researchers to discover which foods can prevent health problems, and also which foods lead to health problems. Therefore, those people who follow the dietary standards based on that knowledge will be able to completely avoid the particular group of illnesses at issue.

Which of the following assumptions is necessary to the argument’s conclusion?

A Only one dietary strategy can effectively counteract each of the particular group of illnesses. There is no mention of whether a person should just follow one dietary strategy. It just says that if you follow the standards, you can avoid the disease. Hence incorrect.

B Eventually, medicine will be almost entirely based on nutrition strategies. Irrelevant. NO talk about medicines.

C Each member of the particular group of illnesses is caused solely by dietary factors. This is true. Negate the assumption. If each member of a group of illness is NOT caused solely by dietary factors, then the argument that one can avoid this disease by strictly following diet control is weakened.

D All diseases have some dietary causes or cures. Tone mismatch

E It is difficult to convince people to change their diets without solid proof of the costs or benefits of certain dietary habits. Out of Scope Answer

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25 Sep 2010, 23:29
+1 C
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26 Sep 2010, 03:53
We need a fact which proves that people who identify & avoid certain foods can completely avoid a particular illness/group of illnesses caused by that food.

B Eventually, medicine will be almost entirely based on nutrition strategies.
Irrelevant.

D All diseases have some dietary causes or cures.
Doesn't help. We already know this.

E It is difficult to convince people to change their diets without solid proof of the costs or benefits of certain dietary habits.
Irrelevant.

A Only one dietary strategy can effectively counteract each of the particular group of illnesses.
How would it matter how many dietary strategies are required? But it does say the strategy would effectively counteract the illness. Would have gone for this but C is more correct.

C Each member of the particular group of illnesses is caused solely by dietary factors.
This says that each illness is caused solely by dietary factors. So by avoiding those factors a person can avoid the illness. Correct answer.

I go for C.

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26 Sep 2010, 07:35
OA is C indeed.
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26 Sep 2010, 09:19
Ans: C
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26 Sep 2010, 10:14
yeah, I went for C 2
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27 Sep 2010, 02:16
got this one correct. C was my ans.
my explanation matches with the provided by whiplash2411
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27 Sep 2010, 04:07
C for me.
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27 Sep 2010, 08:20
C it is...
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27 Sep 2010, 08:21
+1 C
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28 Sep 2010, 02:32
Used POE to narrow down to A & C. Final choice was C since there is no mention of single or multiple strategies. Statement only talks about standards.

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28 Sep 2010, 11:16
+1 for C
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29 Sep 2010, 10:33
IMO C
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03 Oct 2010, 15:50
C for me.
Therefore, those people who follow the dietary standards based on that knowledge will be able to COMPLETELY avoid the particular group of illnesses at issue. Here completely was the clue.
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10 Jul 2012, 07:05
If that group of disease is not caused solely by dietary factors, then we can't conclude that diet solutions alone can prevent them from happening.

Straight C.

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12 Jul 2012, 13:41
on negating C we cannot conclude that particular group of disease can be avoided by dietary method
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14 Jul 2012, 22:44
I don't really get why D is wrong? The way I see it, is that if not all diseases have dietary causes or cures, then of course following a diet will not cure a disease since the disease was not caused by any particular (unhealthy) diet. I think D weakens the argument just as C does.

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