IELTS Writing Task: 2( Agree/Disagree Opinion Essay)


You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic.

Currently there is a trend towards the use of alternative forms of medicine. However, at best these methods are ineffective, and at worst they may be dangerous.
To what extend do you agree with this statement?

 

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience. 

Write at least 250 words.

 


Writing Format of Agree Disagree Opinion Essay
        1. Introduction:  Topic and give your opinion (how much you agree or disagree)
        2. Main Paragraph 1:  First reason why you agree or disagree.
        3. Main Paragraph 2:  Second reason why you agree or disagree.
        4. Conclusion:  Summaries your argument.

 


 

Answer

 

Alternative medicine is not new. These are being used way before conventional medicine is invented, and it is still used by many people all over the world. I am unconvinced that it is dangerous and feel that both alternative and conventional medicine can be useful to treat a disease.

There are several reasons why the conventional medicine community finds it hard to believe in the alternative form of medicines. First of all, there has been little scientific research in this field, so there is a lack of evidence to support the claim of their supporters. Furthermore, people often try this kind of treatment by the recommendation of their friends and family, and therefore come to the therapist with a very positive attitude, which may be a part of the reason for the cure. Moreover, these medicines are only useful if someone uses it for the long term. Acute medical problems, such as accidental injuries often required more conventional methods.

On the other hand, despite the lack of scientific proof, there is a lot of evidence to suggest that these therapies are useful. Besides, far from being dangerous, they often have few or no side effects, so the worst outcome would be no changes. Moreover, we should not forget that, when there were no modern medicines available at an early age, peoples used these kinds of alternative treatments to cure themselves, and these prove can be easily found in the histories.

To conclude, I strongly believe that conventional and alternative medicine should coexist. They both have completely different strengths and can be used effectively to cure the disease as well as any particular medical problems.

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  1. Question- in many countries, prison is the most common solution to crime. However, the most effective way is to provide better education to people so they would not become criminals . To what extent do you agree or disagree.

    People of various ideologies dwell in the society . Everyone’s notion of handling any problem varies. Conviction as the solution to crime is a conventional way . However , providing education eradicates criminal bent of mind is supported by many which needs to be pondered upon.

    According to my perception, imprisonment doesn’t surefire success as a solution to crime . Undoubtedly, it inflicts remorse and regret in some. However, the psyche is responsible for committing crime. Besides that, being subjected to substandard conditions proves to be noxious towards the psychological health. Punishment either leads to regret or acts as a catalyst towards developing an even dangerous criminal. Precaution is better than cure is apt. Thus, the best solution is to cease the procedure of transforming into a criminal.

    Education causes people to overcome menial boundaries and think wider. Moreover, knowledge of various reforms , laws alongwith consequences restrain people from executing any immoral deed. Learning about the struggle of freedom fighters fosters a feeling of boundedness along with enhancing national integrity. Innate characteristics have a significant impact. However , the ambience plays an important role as well. An educated individual is more likely to commit fewer crimes, possessing social and moral values . Moreover, a literate person has more financial stability. Thus, eradicating economic reasons of committing crime.

    In the epilogue, conviction further worsens the problem. Hence, education is most instrumental in the pursuit od achieving a sound, noble and crime-free society.

    1. Currently there is a trend towards the use of alternative forms of medicine. However, at best these methods are ineffective, and at worst they may be dangerous.
      To what extend do you agree with this statement?
      In the contemporary era , there is increase in the use of alternate forms of medicine . As some people said that it might be ineffective or it can also lead to loss of life .
      To commence with, there are multifarious reasons why people prefer alternate form of medicines. The root of the cause is alternative medicines don’t have any side effects and it is also easily available at home .
      In other words if these medicine does not resolve the problem but it will give rise to any other disease . For example if we look at earlier generation , people are 50 percent more healthier as compare to today’s generation . Thus alternative medicine are better to keep the person away from the negative effects of modern medicines.
      Moving to my another point , some people only believe that conventional medicines are best . To elaborate it , people have a belief that they can only be treated through modern medicines as they tested by well qualified scientist and researchers . For instance , as 30 percent people prefer to use these conventional medicines for early and fast recovery .
      To conclude, I strongly believe that both the medicine should coexist . So in emergency conventional medicines can be used along with alternative medicines to avoid the side effects and fast recovery

    2. In the contemporary era , there is increase in the use of alternate forms of medicine . As some people said that it might be ineffective or it can also lead to loss of life .

      To commence with, there are multifarious reasons why people prefer alternate form of medicines. The root of the cause is alternative medicines don’t have any side effects and it is also easily available at home .
      In other words if these medicine does not resolve the problem but it will give rise to any other disease . For example if we look at earlier generation , people are 50 percent more healthier as compare to today’s generation . Thus alternative medicine are better to keep the person away from the negative effects of modern medicines.

      Moving to my another point , some people only believe that conventional medicines are best . To elaborate it , people have a belief that they can only be treated through modern medicines as they tested by well qualified scientist and researchers . For instance , as 30 percent people prefer to use these conventional medicines for early and fast recovery .

      To conclude, I strongly believe that both the medicine should coexist . So in emergency conventional medicines can be used along with alternative medicines to avoid the side effects and fast recovery

  2. Nowadays, many alternative medicines to cure diseases are developed all over the world. Alternative medicines can be used to make people strong and healthier. Some people said that it may be ineffective or side effects in some circumstances but at worst may be dangerous. I agree to some extent with this idea for many different factors.
    On the one hand, alternative medicines are becoming rival to traditional therapies like therapy with needle in Chinese and herbal medicines. People today are more using alternative medicines widespread than people in the past because it can be available in everywhere. There are many kinds of diseases like cancer, heart disease, hypertension and diabetes that can be cured by alternative medicines. Nevertheless, the last stage of cancer patient may not be saved by using alternative medicines.
    On the other hand, alternative medicines have some drawbacks. People can suffer allergies and severe symptoms if she or he is not suitable or fit with it . In some condition, people can die because of alternative medicines. Furthermore, taking one medicine for long term has noticeable impact on stomach. Therefore, individuals should take medicines under the instruction of doctors and healthcare workers. Otherwise, they would face undesirable health problems.
    In conclusion, alternative medicines have both benefits as well as drawbacks. The most important thing is to take medicine under the instruction of doctor.

  3. In the future, more people will choose to go on holiday in their own country and not to travel abroad on holiday.
    Do you agree or disagree?
    Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your knowledge or experience.

    In a modern world, there has been an accelerating trend of people travelling to different countries for leisure. However, some travel experts believe that a large group of population would explore the local tourist places in the near future rather than hopping around the world. In my opinion, I believe that many people will prefer to travel in their own country in the coming days.
    Firstly, going on holidays in your own country is cheap and affordable as compared to travelling overseas. As we all know that many people suffered through financial crises due to the world-wide spread of COVID-19 thus it is worth considering that now budget travellers would wish to on the vacation to nearby travel destinations which would not burden their pockets. For example, one of my friends used to go on an international holiday every year however, this year she chose to travel Shimla- a hill station, as she was tight on money.
    Secondly, there is no denying that the advancement in electronic and social media has made humankind familiar with numerous beautiful places of the country. Nowadays, there are several channels available online which reveal the country’s most astonishing sites and spots. Furthermore, the government has started telecasting advertisements to boost tourism. All these initiatives have encouraged masses to go on a holiday in their respective countries. To illustrate, according to ‘National Tourism Survey 2018,’ there is an increase in India’s tourism rate by 35 per cent due to the expansion of media platforms and advertisements.
    In conclusion, there is a high possibility that the wanderers will prefer going on trips in the country where they reside. This will not only save their hard-earned income but in turn, will help local businesses flourish therefore contribute to improving the national economy.

  4. World is changing at a rapid pace with various inventions and discoveries in myriad fields like technology, medicine, and economics. Scientific breakthroughs in the field of medical science have given a ray of hope to people suffering from life-threatening diseases. However, alternative forms of treatment like homeopathy and naturopathy have gained popularity over the past few years. In my opinion, the use of these alternative methods should be discouraged as they can have a negative impact on a person’s health.

    Firstly, alternative forms of treatment can cause irreversible damage to human body. Often, these methods do not have any scientific evidence supporting them, and they are made popular by people who do not hold a valid medical degree. These people are those who want to make money by hook or by crook. For instance, in India, close to 2000 deaths were recorded in a village named Macchra in the year 2015 following the consumption of a homeopathic mixture prepared by a local priest in the village’s temple. People consumed this mixture because they were told that it could help them get rid of arthritis. As a result, it lead to the untimely death of many people due to the absence of any scientific data proving the safety of that homeopathic mixture.

    Lastly, these forms of treatment are not effective and they burn a hole in one’s pocket. Since these ways are not based on scientific studies, they fail to cure an ailment. Also, these treatments cost an arm and a leg because individuals providing these treatments aim to extract as much money as possible by making false promises. For instance, one of my friends went to a homeopathic doctor to get rid of pimples and excess skin oil. Even after two years of visiting that doctor regularly , her skin’s condition is the same. However, she spent half of her savings on a baseless treatment. Consequently, this alternative form of treatment cost her a fortune.

    In the end, I would like to restate that I strongly discourage the usage of other methods of treatment as they can damage a person’s health. Also, along with being ineffective, these treatments make people spend their hard earned money on treatments, which, in my opinion, are totally useless and a way of fooling people.

  5. Nowadays the practice of non conventional medical methods are increasing. Many people believe that the negative effects of these medical practices far outweigh its positive effects. But in my opinion, practicing these forms of medicine are very beneficial for both human mind and body.

    One of the major advantage of alternative forms of medicine is that have very little or no side effects. For example, aromatherapy is a widely practiced alternative approach for pain relief which poses no side effects compared to the pain medication provided by the conventional medical practices. Another argumet in favour of alternative forms of medicine is that almost all of the products used for treatment are natural substances which does not have any harmful impact on the human body. For example, ayurveda, a widely practiced alternative medical form, produces all of its medicines from one or other part of a plant or herb.

    Yet another reason in support of alternative forms medicine is that they largely concentrate on preventive medicine. There is no doubt in the fact that it is always better to prevent diseases rather then treating them after it has occured. Many of the lifesytle diseases like high blood pressure, diabetics etc can be prevented by consuming some ayurvedic products in the day to day life.

    In conclusion, the practices like ayurveda or aromatherapy can be very helpful in many medical conditions and also in maintaining a healthy lifestyle which will
    inturn contribute to a healthy body and mind. Promoting these prcatices can therefore be very helpful to many a people.

  6. Nowadays, along with rapid development of science and technology, seems majority of diseases can be cured with advanced treatment and medicine. But there are great number of people seeking for alternated drugs. Those drugs are labeled with unreliable, some even being treated to have detrimental consequence on the course of treatment. However, I disagree that looking for different type of drugs will only have negative impact.

    Admitted or not, medicine development is not sufficient and it still need greater experienment from different fields, especially for those deadly illness. With our current medicine, HIV cannot be cured and numerous patients are still suffering from this disease. the only available of drugs for doctor to prescribe to the patients is pain killer, which essentially not changing the course of illness. patients are looking for substituted drug and hope it can improve their well-being, in such case, as comtemporary medicine encounters its bottle-neck, patients should advised to not only limited themselves with existing medicine, but also looking for new type of drugs.
    Furthermore, trying new medicine is the way to discover new treatment for complicated illness. As for advanced illness like cancer, patients need to undergo a long term radiotherapy, which is not only painful but also require patients to have great endurance, which most of patient are not capable of in a long run. the homeopathy medicine make of herbes is another pain-free option for cancer patient. As more and more patients opt to painless herbal medicine, hospitals are paying more attention on herbal medicine, various medical laboratoris have established for experimentation and discovering new medicine from herbes.

    In conclusion, alternative medicine shall not be treated as all evil, hospital and people should try to understand patients when they are using alternative drug. rather than demonize them, think out of the box, maybe it is another way to foster the development of modern medicine.

  7. Currently there is a trend towards the use of alternative forms of medicine. However, at best these methods are ineffective, and at worst they may be dangerous.
    To what extend do you agree with this statement?

    Every now and then, new medicines are being developed and people are not sure about the effects of these medicines as they can have a detrimental effect on human health. In my opinion, I agree that conventional medicines need to be tested through proper procedures to test them for their harmful effects, however people are forced to consume these medicines particularly in developing countries.
    In 19th century where medical knowledge was developing at a slow pace compared to the current generation, doctors would not have complete knowledge if the medicine they are prescribing to the patient is safe or not. Furthermore, patients would likely trust their instincts more and try on other conventional methods where the medicine can be considered more dangerous than the one prescribed. For example, there was a case in Northern Europe where the newly developed medicine was given to the patients without proper trials which resulted in patient passing away the next day due to poison being found in the prescribed medicines. This case led to people looking for other forms of medicines. Alternatively, nowadays people can easily find about the cause and effects of the specific medicine through doctors who has proper knowledge about the patients’ use of alternate medicines and can give a proper advice on the use of these conventional medicines
    People in developing countries do not have the luxury to buy these medicines and are more prone to diseases. So people tend to look for conventional medicines which are locally made and can cause side effects which they consider it non-threatening. Especially in Africa, most of the natives there make their own living by selling self-created medicines and sell them to people roaming in streets. Most natives do not seem to care about the after effects of taking a medicine and just consume them for a sake of ‘cure’.
    In conclusion, researches are being done in the medical field to test for any adverse effects on human through trial-and-error method. Moreover, developing countries are looking for conventional ways to treat diseases and consequently are paying for their carelessness without proper consultation.

  8. some people say that E- books and modern technology will totally replace traditional newspaper and magazines to what extent do you agree or disagree.

    Technology is flourishing by leaps and bounds and providing us new avenues while keeping ourselves updated with the latest news and current affairs. But I believe that not everyone on this planet have access to the internet and large population of people are not aware of the contemporary technology. So, I strongly oppose the given statement to the large degree.
    The first and foremost reason to deny the prompt given is the most people leading lives in rural areas are habituated with daily newspapers and additional to it they also use radio to get notifies and to get alerts regarding surroundings, such as politics, social, weather etc. For rural people living like this it is strenuous to adapt with enhancing technologies. People living in atmosphere cannot understand how to use use online sources for purpose of news happening word wide. For instance consider a man living in a village, if he is given a electronic device like mobile or tab, he will not be able to use that gadget this is because he have no idea about what it is and how to operate that device.
    Here comes the second reason, why newspapers cannot be replaced by online books or websites and advanced technology this is due to illiteracy rate throughout the globe. Where the illiterates take 34% of the population on the entire planet, this have adverse effect to show improvement using the latest technology advancements. Although, people to the large extent has awareness about the trending technology and its developments, being uneducated became the main factor to use the traditional newspapers rather online tools. For example if an uneducated is give a mobile and he cannot read the text on it this is due to lack of basic education and knowledge, he cannot read what is given neither how to operate. Instead of a mobile if he is given a local newspaper he could read it, understand it. They may also use radio services which is even more simpler and much more easier for understanding purpose when compared to local newspapers.
    So here by, I conclude that traditional way of getting awareness on the activities going around cannot be erased as there are people who cannot use technology and people who are still illiterate on this planet.

  9. In the present times, there is a lot of buzz in regards to the Medical field. Mainly the focusing being the alternative forms of medicine being used my peopole of various age groups, somehow in my opinion there is no serious health hazards by using an alternative. First reason being the ease of availabilty , and the second being price range.

    Now, when we say availability its very much common in that a medical drug might be available in a particular area of a specific brand, but then it might not be available in another area which is just a fews miles away. It is highly impossible to travel each time to a neighbouring sector for a medicine, the reason being the limitation of funds to spend on trnasport to travel to such a distance. Therefore it is a clever idea to alternate it with another drug with the same composition but of a different label.

    Secondly, the costs involved play a major role too. The medicine of one brand costs more and the same medicine with a different label to it cost much cheaper. Naturally, a person would prefer to buy it where he could save some pennies rather than shelling out on a bigger brand that would pretty much do the same job. Since there is no difference in the way that the medicine works on us, it is preferrably a good option for people with low income or for that matter people who are trying to save for their future to take up an alternative option.

    In my view, keeping in veiw all the pionts the alternative forms of medicines are no bad idea. Since it is easy to find them anywhere and we would not have to miss the dose prescribed by the doctor and due to the economic reasons too. In support to that, there has been no news of health problem on taking an alternative form of medicine rather than the medicine of a prescribed label.

  10. In Britain, when someone gets old they often go to live in a home with other old people where there are nurses to look after them. Sometimes the government must pay for this care. Who do you think should pay for this care, the government or the family? Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

    Irrefutably, old people act as the pillars for society. The argument over whether old age care premium should be paid by government or by the family members, has never been settled so far. In my point of view, the government should be responsible for its citizen’s hardships or any kind of after retirement privileges. This essay shall elucidate my stand with various arguments.

    To embark with, any kind of medical care endures substantial vigilance and assistant, especially in case of elderly person. Moreover, it is often witnessed that old age comes with drastic sickness, inability to move, eat and struggle to express sentiments. Therefore, in order to provide them exceptional treatment at that stage of life, huge sum of money is required. Now, in some of the underdeveloped, overpopulated and high inflation rate countries like Sudan, Pakistan, Libya and so on, citizens are financially incapable to arrange such kind of practices for their elders. In that case, government should step forward in favor of its best terms supporting the public attributes.

    Furthermore, a good deal of taxes, toll charges and other tariffs deposited by masses and classes every year, enhance the revenue of national authorities. The part of this income could always be fractioned among senior citizens’ care fund by dispersing monthly or biweekly payments directly into their accounts or through paper cheques. This way, none of the aged class people could get deprive of receiving any health care privileges.

    Nonetheless, a school of thoughts believe that closed kith and kins should be held accountable for safe keeping their grandparents or aged parents. Since parents spend their lifetime earnings in the upbringing of their children, youth should return the gratitude or express grateful attitude towards them too. Additionally, the onus lies on individuals with seniority too, as majority of them retire with secured savings in the form of provident fund, social security fund, medical care and many more. So, a person should save a section of his or her income throughout the employment time.

    In the gist of the whole content, I firmly endorse the fact that government should be held liable towards the grown aged classes. However, care provided by family always lies under best aspects. For underprivileged people, media and charitable trusts can certainly gather contributions around too.

  11. It is undeniably ture that in modern era, increased number of people are getting influenced by alternative medicinal treatment such us homeopathy. Yet, it is believed by few short sighted individual that these approaches are not as effective as scientific ones and have deteriorating impact on health. From my perspective, this argument does not hold any valid ground.

    The utilization and popularity of conventional medicines are rising day-by-day. There are numerous reasons behind this; firstly, traditional drugs are composed of natural elements and counselings etc, therefore they do not produce major side effects. For instant, patients going through alternative skin treatment faces less numbers of side effects as compared to steroidal therapy. Thus, they also reduce mental burden of patients. It is seen that most individual switch to alternative options because of there psychological breakdown. Secondly, our ancestors survived using plant based drugs which is evident in our religious books. Additionally, lengthy researches are being carried out by scientists for it’s not only further development but also to enhance acceptance. As example, researchers have published paper on Ayurveda to state their positive results.

    On contrary, some modernist think that they are not useful in emergencies like accidents and heart attacks. Moreover, traditional medicines are considered to be time consuming which definitely will be trublesome for impatiently.

    In conclusion, despite of opposing views, I assert that alternative medicines are efficient and safe. Hence, switching to these treatments are bringing positive changes.

  12. Mankind fears what is unknown to them. When Copernicus talked about earth rotating around the sun , he was shunned by the royals and the powerful elites of the time. I believe the same fear and paranoia is being created around the alternative forms of medicine .

    Coming from a country where these alternative forms of medicine such as Ayurveda, have been successfully used since thousands of years , I can vouch for it’s healing powers and usefulness. The opinion that these medicines are ineffective and dangerous are absurd at best. On the contrary they offer a way to treat ailments without major side-effects.

    I vividly remember the time my father was diagnosed with jaundice and was critically ill. All the traditional medicines had failed to provide any relief. At this juncture my grandmom with her knowledge stepped in. She started applying a paste of papaya leaves all over his body . Within a week he started showing signs of improvement and was completely fit in a month’s time .

    In the end , I would like to conclude that we can continue to create a fear and paranoia around these alternative methods , but they are here to stay as they offer a solution without side-effects to many of the ailments which the traditional methods do not have an answer to .

  13. These days, there has been a great demand among people to choose alternative treatment and medicines for a cure. Some believe that those medicines would are of minimal or no side effects, I would assert that they have no major risk to human health and can treat some health issues.

    There are a plethora of reasons for not choosing alternative medicines. To begin with, not enough research has been done by the researchers, to decide whether available alternative products give desired or best result. Secondly, one cannot rely on new or substitute medication or treatment in emergency situation like cancer, heart stroke, asthma to name a few.

    On the other hand, alternative medicines do have some benefits. To start with, many ayurvedic medicines don’t have a side effect but may have delay in response to ones body but have long lasting results. They can even treat severe diseases like cancer, shortness of breath, etc. Secondly, there are various advantages of performing yoga and improve physical well-being of a person which can be done at any place. This is not the case with the allopathic medicines, which can have adverse side effects to one’s health.

    To conclude, I do not agree with the argument that alternative therapies are waste of time and money. In my opinion, there is no harm in taking alternative therapies as a side option and one can try them but not in case of medical emergency. In critical situation one has to trust the modern medicines and go as per prescribed medications given by the doctor.

  14. Some people say that parents should encourage their children to take part in organised group activities in their free time. Others say that it is important for children to learn how to occupy themselves on their own. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

    There has been an increasing debate as to whether children should be encouraged to participate in group activities or they should choose the activities in free time on their own. In this essay, I will shed some light on both the views and give my opinion.

    There are a plethora of benefits for children to socialize in group activities. To begin with, kids can easily interreact and learn things among same age group. To illustrate this, the picnic can be organised among children, and they are given space to socialize. Additional, they can learn various team building exercises to build confidence among themselves and grasp new things.

    On the other hand, kids should be independent in choosing their activities in their free time. This will give them freedom to accept challenges and learn new things in life. However, there are possibilities that they could choose a wrong path. Due to technological advancement, children could be attracted to play games online rather doing physical activities. Kids can use internet platform in a negative manner and misuse it, so regular monitoring by the parents is required.

    In conclusion, having considered both views, I think an organised group activity is beneficial for the children rather leaving it on children to decide. They are the future of the society, once gone on wrong way, it is difficult to bring them back.

  15. Question–The average standard of people’s health is likely to be lower in the future than it is now.To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
    Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

    Answer–

    People’s health is likely to be lower in the future as compared to now on an average standard. In my opinion, the graph of diseases is increasing with the increase in the pollution so it proportionally affects the people’s health more in future.

    Firstly, I want to highlight some ignorance happening from the people’s related to their health like their lifestyle, food habits, environmental pollution, lack of nutrients in food, lack of exercise. All the factors are directly impacting the health and getting worse day by day. For example, the foods and the vegetable were already contaminated and contains food chemicals in them. So, as time passes people are least bother about these things and because of this the health affects more as it is now. In our daily routine, we need to add some balance in the diet as well as involve the proper amount of carbs and protein as required. We all know our diet involves 70% importance in our life. Along with diet the pollution is also another major of concern because the noise pollution and air pollution is increasing in the air which we inhale so by the time it increase affects us the most. Due to this also our future health will highly impact.

    Secondly, our lifestyle is also another factor which impacts our health and it gives more impact in future if we took it for granted. We all know that our work culture is slightly against nature. Currently, due to the covid situation, all are working from home so we need to focus on our health because we have to be strong enough to fight against the disease. Our immunity is the core thing that prevents diseases like covid and normal climatic effect changes.

    In conclusion, we need to concern more on the diet, lifestyle and pollution factors so that we can somehow manage the graph of decreasing people’s health. As we all know by increasing the time these factors will also increase and somewhere give a major impact on health as compared to now.

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