Resident Korean fancy lad and benevolent dictator Kim Jong-Un has now broken through to cure diseases that not even the West could crack. AIDS, Ebola, and MERS — the new kid on the block — are all a thing of the past thanks to North Korea’s new wonder drug called Kumdang-2. The New York Times reports that this new drug announcement comes hot on the heels of the appearance of MERS in South Korea and has raised a skeptic eye towards the claim:
The official Korean Central News Agency said scientists developed Kumdang-2 from ginseng grown from fertilizer mixed with rare-earth elements. According to the pro-North Korea website Minjok Tongshin, the drug was originally produced in 1996.
“Malicious virus infections like SARS, Ebola and MERS are diseases that are related to immune systems, so they can be easily treated by Kumdang-2 injection drug, which is a strong immune reviver,” KCNA said.
North Korea shut out foreign tourists for half a year with some of the world’s strictest Ebola controls, even though no cases of the disease were reported anywhere near the country, before lifting the restrictions earlier this year.
So yeah, North Korea is injecting sh*t into people’s arms and claiming it is curing their diseases. That’s how I read it at least. I also found it a bit odd that foreign tourists were willingly going to North Korea frequently enough to force the borders to shut. Seems odd, but who are we to deny anything North Korea claims?
It should be noted that this same drug was touted by North Korea at least two times before, both in relation to bird flu outbreaks in 2006 and 2013. The nation also didn’t provide any concrete proof past their word, meaning that the news isn’t as solid as you could hope considering the disease has killed two dozen and affected nearly 160 people in South Korea alone.
Makes you feel like North Korea is no different than the kid in school who claimed he had the newest video game system months in advance, but couldn’t show anybody because he was held to secret by the game company. That was bullsh*t, much like this is probably bullsh*t. Maybe you can inject it in your arm and start feeling better? Or, perhaps, sprout a garden through your forearm? We’ll leave it to North Korea to let us know how this one plays out…
(Via The New York Times)