Ceausescu's health guru quits

Romania's Health Ministry pensioned off Iulian Mincu, dictator Nicolae Ceausescu's personal physician who told Romanians meat was bad for them during severe shortages of the 1980s.

Dr Mincu, a nutritionist, became notorious near the end of Ceausescu's 25-year rule as mastermind of the "rational nutrition programme" which denied meat to the country's 23 million people. Reuters - Bucharest