North Korea, famed for its dictators who lay claim to inventing the burger and scoring 18 holes in one in golf, has done it again.
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea’s “very reliable” state-run media has reported that the country’s scientists have found the cure for AIDS, various cancers, heart disease, impotence, bad skin, Ebola, venereal diseases, aging...and probably every other major disease one can think of.
The “miracle” compound, Kumdang-2, is allegedly extracted from ginseng using fertiliser, rare earth elements, gold and platinum, and takes care of a wide health problem with a single injection.
The medicine is either the greatest scientific discovery of our era or the most evil way to troll South Korea just as it is dealing with a MERS outbreak.
The World Health Organisation says there is no known cure or vaccine for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) but North Korea’s state-run media reported that Kumdang-2, which even has its own website, will do the trick.
The substance also purportedly has the power to heal bone fractures. The product's official website tells of a man who fell off a cliff and how one injection healed all the injuries eight times faster than the other medicines.
“Unlike chemical medicines, it has no adverse side effects. It has no contraindications and can be used together with other medicines.” the site states. Even the shot itself supposedly doesn't hurt. "It causes no pain," the website adds.
The manufacturers further say that one doesn’t have to take the shot on a regular schedule. Rather, they say Kumdang-2 works better if no schedule is followed. The rate of recovery is higher among random users than punctual users, they claim.
But not if one were to believe real scientists such as Bang Jun-seok, a clinical pharmacy professor at Sookmyung Women’s University in Seoul, South Korea, who told NK News North Korea’s claims are "likely dubious" and that false claims of cures are "not uncommon".
“If their claims are true, the World Health Organization and the rest of the world’s most influential pharmaceutical companies should be calling North Korea right now,” said Bang.