Kim Jong-il survives on 'herbal remedies' first tested on human 'guinea pigs'
Pyongyang, Aug 31 (ANI): A former North Korean doctor has revealed the nation's supreme Leader Kim Jong-il is surviving on a diet of herbal remedies that is first tested on ordinary citizens who suffer from heart disease.
The Scotsman quoted Dr Seok Young-hwan, as saying that the herbal diet is first tested on citizens who share his age and blood type.
Dr Seok, once based at the Kim il-Sung Longevity Research Institute, was part of an 'anti-ageing team' treating Jong-il.
Dr Seok said that the human guinea pigs were considered 'lucky' since they were given 'good medicine' not available to the public in the Communist state.
"Simply put, the long life research institute is to look after the general," said the 47-year-old, who defected in 1998.
Kim, who has ruled the country with iron fist since its founding in 1948, was pictured last week limping on his left side while clambering into his armoured train on a trip to Russia.
Seoul officials speculated that the 69-year-old's health might not have improved as much as previously thought following a stroke in 2008. (ANI)
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