Possible cancer cure to be imported to Derby
A CHINESE herbal remedy which a former Derbyshire County Council leader claimed might have cured him of an aggressive form of cancer will be made available across the UK.
David Bookbinder has agreed an import deal with the Shanxi factory which produces the condiment.
It comes after a number of cancer patients contacted the 68-year-old after reading a Derby Telegraph story highlighting Mr Bookbinder's belief that the vinegar, often used in cooking, led to his recovery.
Mr Bookbinder said: "There's no proof the vinegar is what cured me.
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"But those I spoke to said they're willing to try anything and I can understand that, having been in that situation myself."
Earlier this year doctors told Mr Bookbinder, of Burton Road, Derby, his only chance of survival was to have his bladder taken out – an option he refused.
Instead he turned to other unorthodox remedies, including the Shuita superior mature vinegar, which he will now market through his Derby First investment firm.
He described the move as a win-win situation.
"We will be operating on a not-for-profit basis and surpluses will be donated to Cancer Research.
"In any event, the vinegar will help fight this dreaded disease."
Mr Bookbinder turned to the vinegar in his fight against cancer after hearing that no-one at the Shanxi factory where it is made had been diagnosed with the disease in 30 years.
The ex-Labour politician went to China to stock up on the product and took regular intakes alongside broccoli tablets, which some research suggests can help prevent and cure the disease.
He also underwent a course of chemotherapy at the same time – but Mr Bookbinder said that had failed to have any effect in the past.
He said his gut feeling told him the vinegar had made a difference.
"I believe in it," he said. "I felt a lot better after taking it, even if it was only psychological."
Since being given the all-clear in April, Mr Bookbinder, who lost his wife and son to cancer, has been negotiating with the Shanxi factory via his longstanding Chinese contacts.
These included Shao Qing Dong and Yuan He, who Mr Bookbinder met when he twinned Derbyshire with Shanxi during his spell as council leader between 1981 and 1992. Mr Dong said executives at the factory would make a small profit from the deal and were happy to export the product to the UK.
Once in Derby, the vinegar will be distributed from the Rosehill Business Centre, in Normanton Road, and on the internet.
Derby-based Wang Yi, who will oversee the importing and marketing of the business, hailed the move as bringing new hope for cancer patients.
She said: "When my grandmother was diagnosed with cancer the doctors said there was no hope, no future.
"But this gives people another hope – something that keeps them going."