• October 3rd, 2018

Writing Short Essay

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IS 100 Information Technology Literacy for Fall 2018



The ads and testimonials for nutritional supplements are among the most effective marketing tools ever, as is supported by the unprecedented growth in the sales of energy drinks, dietary supplements, vitamin beverages, and stimulants. Select for this exercise one of these products or any product of this kind that interests you.  I have a suggested list below with a short background into some of the claims that you will find.  You may use for example:  o Saffron:

for treating depression- http://nutritionfacts.org/video/saffron-vs-prozac/

For treating Alzheimer’s- http://nutritionfacts.org/video/saffron-for-the-treatment-of-alzheimers/

o Turmeric Curcumin

For Treating Cancer:


For treating Lupus:

http://nutritionfacts.org/?fwp_search=turmeric+curcumin&fwp_content_type=video o Tart Cherry Juice and Extract

For Endurance athletics: http://home.trainingpeaks.com/blog/article/the-benefits-of-tart-cherryjuice-for-endurance-athletes

For exercise recover: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19883392 o Valerian

Manufacturers claim: http://www.puritan.com/valerian-509?scid=39106&cmp=goo-_NBCategorySleepX-_-valerianherb&gclid=CI-87uX8mtICFRSIfgodqxAF1w&mvc=1 o Caffeine For Enhancing memory: http://hub.jhu.edu/2014/01/12/caffeine-enhances-memory/ o Creatine

On athletic performance: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15707376

On building muscles and more: http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugssupplements/creatine/evidence/hrb-20059125


IS 100 Information Technology Literacy for Spring 2018

Homework 2


o Deer Antler Velvet  

For Muscles, endurance : http://antlerfarms.com/what-are-the-benefits-of-deer-antler-velvet.htm o Cordyceps   

For promoting strength, endurance and stamina: http://www.earthpulse.com/src/subcategory.asp?catid=11&subcatid=55 o Brain Supplements such as: Phosphatidylserine, Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba), Curcumin, Citicoline, etc.

https://bebrainfit.com/brain-supplements/ o Brain drink http://www.truetoniqs.com/products/

(You may select your own supplement, no vitamins)

The Supplements above all have claims.  Write a short essay on the claim, premises and conclusion. The format should be:

Step 1: First paragraph – general background, Main Thesis, Argument will be underline and labeled. Create an Argument for one of the above supplements or use your own.  It needs to be a solid valid argument.  Identify the argument, deductive or inductive.  Identify the type of argument example: Modus Tollens.

Step 2: Second paragraph – Premise 1 and supporting premises

Step 3: Third Paragraph – Premise 2 and supporting premises

Step 4: Conclusion that accepts or rejects the claim based on findings

Step 5: Works cited page

Note:  This is a short Essay, should fit on one page typed, or maximum 2 pages.

  Search all sources for information on the supplement you are reviewing.  You will need to use your Lecture notes on internet searches, in order to research your supplement well.  Find a few medical studies or articles that support the claims.  Organize and categorize your findings to support your argument.   After viewing the data, does the research still support the claim.  You can know accept it or reject.

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