QUESTION TYPE: Paradox
PARADOX: Some doctors tell cancer patients not to take vitamin C, even though vitamin C has beneficial effects.
ANALYSIS: The doctors are telling cancer patients to stop taking vitamin C. This suggests there is harm from taking it.
Three of the wrong answers just show that vitamin C doesn’t help. That doesn’t resolve the paradox. Only answer choice A explains why vitamin C is harmful to cancer patients.
- CORRECT. This shows that vitamin C helps cancer cells survive treatment. That’s bad.
- This just shows that vitamin C has no benefit. It doesn’t show that it’s harmful and that patients should stop taking it.
- Same as B.
- This adds to the paradox. Vitamin C can improve health, so why not take it? This advice recommends being in the best of health.
- Same as B and C.
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