About Ken Russell
Ken Russell, the inventor of Pink Lotion (and White Lotion) and founder of Metabolic Therapy Inc., has had an incredible journey. Faced with certain death, he decided to figure out how and why the body works the way it does. His lack of formal education in molecular biology and organic chemistry did not quell his determination.
In the last 14 years, he has tested (mostly on himself) and perfected a medical technology that not only saved his life, but enhanced the lives of many others. His theories are drawn from peer-reviewed scientific journals, and we will go into detail about those later. For now, this is his story.
In 2005, Ken Russell was a dead man walking. You couldn’t tell by the looks of it. He was 6’2 and 180lbs. He was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and began to experience symptoms of early onset Alzheimer’s. “I knew I was losing my mind. I was having 3 or 4 of these brain farts every day…senior moments. I know I’m hugely diabetic. I can actually see the glucose in my pee stream. I was going to die from hyperglycemia or ultimately Alzheimer’s.”
Suffering from the symptoms of diabetes and dissatisfied with modern western medicine’s approach to diabetes treatment, Ken began doing some research…
“I got exposed to physicians Julian Whitiker and David Williams…world famous diabetes managers in humans. Both suggested a complimentary suite of nutraceuticals that I combined and I took them all. I got interesting outcomes. included some iron chelators so there was an additional benefit. I started looking at insulin function because I knew what type 1 was and type 2 was and I knew that nobody knew what diabetes really was.”
In 2006, he was early in the process of experimenting with reducing the iron through phlebotomy. He discovered that iron was fungible. You could download it.“ There were days where I got up in the morning and never saw a glucose number lower than 135. One morning, It was 130, and I went and donated blood. At 4pm I felt a little weird, so I checked my blood sugar and it’s 60. I knew something was afoot, and I knew I wasn’t able to analyze it to the point of specificity. That effect lasted 36 hours, and then I was back to 130 again.
Three weeks pass, I got up in the morning, my blood sugar was 130, I donated a pint of blood and like a calendar event, 4pm it’s down to 60 again. I knew to a metaphysical certainty what was happening. I just got out the extra little increment of inflammatory iron in the pancreas through the beta cells that had allowed them to dump a bunch of normal insulin. I downloaded 20 pints of blood and my diabetes profile got crushed along with 20 other systems, So now, for that moment, I was insulin normal and I wasn’t diabetic. What a wonderful thing.
The first phase was understanding the iron. He has validated that removing iron increases insulin production, so now the research possibilities were intriguing. He began combing the internet for answers, experimenting with 5 different search engines, searching for insulin resistance. All this with no knowledge of pubmed or nih search engine. He made a breakthrough when he found the Joselyn diabetes institute with Harvard from 1878. The first treatment for diabetes was high dose asprin. People took 6-7 grams of aspirin a day, so naturally he had to do it, and his stool turned white. “Eventually I couldn’t continue that for long, but that’s some of the things you go through.”
He eventually found a couple of publications around the chromium, which has been in research from 1950 forward. They understood some of the benefits of chromium from animal models with chromium yeast. In the 70s, Richard Anderson at the US department of agriculture patented chromium picolinate.
Anderson had figured out you need to get the chromium into the cell and protect the chromium from glucose in the blood, so if you complex the chromium ion with amino acid, in this case a picolinic acid, it would survive the gut absorption challenge and survive being chelated by glucose, therefore getting inside the cell. Because it’s absorption rate was 2%, whereas chromium chloride (free chromium in the blood) was less than 20% of that, it became a major advantage in terms of getting absorbed into the cell. “We don’t know what that factor was. How the absorption of chromium into the cell factors against the transferrin-bound protein. It was a major jump.” That was the genesis of the real subject of research.
Ken discovered the Jee Jee Bhouy (1977 intravenous chromium diabetes) case study and saw the immediate benefit of IV chromium in the blood. He also encountered some understanding of the issues that diabetics had with microvascular impairment. “That led me down a research pathway of trying to figure out what that was about. It clued me in to the fact that the diabetes thing might be not just simply a chromium deficiency, but a multi factorial condition that somehow involved the issues of the loss of microvascular vasodilation. When you’re able to overcome or address that, now you get the real delivery of chromium to the cells. Never mind the fact that you want to fix it with chromium, you have to get it down to the tissue level in an efficient way or it’s just going around the race track and not getting into the cells.”
2006 His research was a very granular process of revealing nuances that deserve investigation, and then uncovering toolkits to access the information. As this was happening, the search engines became more efficient. And in addition to that, Ken’s getting better. “From the time I discovered chromium, it took me a month to figure out a solution. I started sublingual chromium, which worked the first time I tried it. I believed I was going to get an effective outcome and the result was taking a 250 glucose spike down to 100 in 20 minutes. That’s a happy day!”
There is now a lot of glucose in the brain, and it’s thermogenic (releases heat, raising the body’s metabolic rate). He also took oral magnesium for vasodilation. TO HELP WITH THE CHROMIUM??
As Ken discovered more connections in scientific studies and articles, the big picture began to come together. “All these things were lit on fire. Diabetics are prone to fractures and my bone density is now like a 20 year old weight lifter.” He developed an understanding of these things, not on a biological level, but from real world results. He began doing physical labor. He started walking 9 miles a day, first with a 10lb pack on his back and within 30 days, he was carrying 60lbs. After 90 days of walking (and wearing out 3 pairs of shoes), he added pushups. He went from 10 knee pushups a day to 400 pushups with an 80lb pack on his back. And this is only with sublingual chromium. Although it did have its downsides. “Putting chromium in your mouth remineralizes your teeth, and they turn green. It’s not a good thing. I had to find an alternative, and transdermal was the answer. “When I decided to switch to the transdermal formulation, that gave me more flexibility, and I was willing to experiment with other combinations that might eliminate the need to take the vasodilator orally, so the magnesium popped up. The lotion worked the first time I tried it.” And it was even better.
Ken crafted his lotions in his garage laboratory while continuing to experiment on himself. Over a 10 week period of time, he did one bench press exercise a week, working up to a 370lb bench press. He rubbed on the chromium 20 minutes before doing a 20 minute walk, and then hit the weights (As you’ll read later, the purpose of the 20 minute walk is to flush nutrients through your system and re-optimize the recovery of protein synthesis) “The 25-30% increase to the previous episode of workout intensity best performance was continuous throughout that process. I kept track.
Total number of reps, total pounds per rep, increasing the workload every 7 day cycle. I looked forward to it..an intriguing intellectual experience. And scary as hell. I was using 45lb dumbbells and putting 4 of them on each side. I was by myself and put insulation foam to slip over the bar so I could stand the weight without tearing my hands up. It’s a lot of weight! The bench is 10 inches wide. I’m lying on my back on this bench.
I have to back off 12 inches to where the bar is 6 inches above my chest, where the catch mechanism is. I don’t want this bar on my chest by myself. With 370lbs on the bar, you extend your arms fully 14 inches or so, and the bar moves about 5 inches. It’s bending your shoulders around the bench like 9 inches! That’s the dynamics of what you’re doing. I weighted 180 and at 370lbs, I said enough.”
The high intensity workout and 4 day recovery became a cornerstone to optimizing the use of the lotion, and Ken discovered it by acting as his own lab rat. “I was rubbing lotion and taking all other nutraceuticals faithfully. I was unable to know what to expect in these aberrant outcomes. There was somewhere in that mix of experiments, genetics, and work effort, there was a superhuman outcome and it didn’t seem to have any dimensions to it…any limitations to it. The brain performance, the weight lifting, bone density…characteristics of something quite unique.”
He had used sublingual chromium for a year and a half before lotion. He reflects back, “the chromium by itself helped strength and endurance levels. The 50 years of previous research…the animal stuff…the chromium had been used in every kind of meat production animals…chickens, cows, and pigs.
It reduces the fat content and gives more muscle. As far as overall health, stress levels are reduced, and they’re happier because it increased their serotonin levels. The stress of living in dense populations elevates your cortisol, which mobilizes a bunch of iron, which is inflammatory, so any amount of chromium is going to impact that in a positive way.”
From the first filing of patents in 2007, talking about heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimers, I knew glucose management was a big ticket. At that point in time, I didn’t know about biochemistry, but I know the antioxidant production and recovery time is huge because I wasn’t getting sore. Not getting crumpled up, and the recovery time is so massively efficient that a whole lot of stuff was taking place after the workout.
The results spoke for themselves, but not knowing much about the science troubled Ken. “I redoubled my effort on the sports performance and the insulin signaling aspects of muscle performance, which got me engaged at UT at the kinesiology department.”
He reached out to the chairman, Dr. John Ivy, who ran a muscle performance study on rats in 2012 that was later published in 2014. They cut up rat muscles, subjected them to glucose profusion, and measured the amount of glucose uptake. In one example they used chromium and in the other they didn’t. In the one without chromium, it didn’t uptake glucose very well. The one with the chromium took it up very well. Ken did not receive any credit, but the rat didn’t either.
In an unofficial case study, Ken experimented with a V02 analysis with and without the lotion. “I put myself on a treadmill at UT with a scientist running the show. I’m hooked up with a breathing mask and there’s a computer analyzing the oxygen going in and the CO2 going out. I exercised for 9 minutes, walking for 3.5 miles an hour for 3% grade (incline). I rubbed on the lotion, and then repeated it. From the first minute interval from the pink lotion session, things have changed. My oxygen uptake has increased by 10%, and my CO2 production has increased by 13%. This is huge. When you look at the ratios in the respiration exchange rate table, my carbohydrate mix increased by 20%, so I’m burning 20% more carbs, in this case glucose, than I was before.”
He took it a step further to experiment on a man in top shape. “I took an elite athlete and we did the same thing for him at a much higher rate of challenge. He went faster…2,4,8 degrees elevation at 4 mph. The total volume of air he processed from the first minute interval after the pink lotion was reduced by 8%. He was breathing 8% less air. And getting 2% more oxygen out of 8% less air.”
The paradox about the confusion about the iron is one thing. The bigger part is it also highlights the dysfunctionality of the intracellular iron imbalance. You have iron loading in some places, and iron deficiency in other places. You’ve got to manage all 3 simultaneously for recovery, so it’s the restoration of iron homeostasis that’s the big challenge. And that’s where we are.
The miracle of who I am biologically is a matter of extreme interest to people in public health. I am an unmedicated diabetic. While I have been able to compress my average glucose levels down to normal ranges previously, there was no questions about the fact that I was still diabetic. Taken into account the fact that my iron numbers were now so low as to be potentially a health hazard in the minds of some doctors, it confers this super high intelligence, super high heart health, bone density, and other things that seem to be so beneficial. More importantly, I don’t in any way reflect the characteristics of a diabetic for the last 14 years.
Who exactly is he? Is he an untreated diabetic with these characteristics? Or is he an untreated diabetic who has treated himself with a workable protocol that manifests these results on a daily basis because he does it on a daily basis? Therein lies the subtly.
The other thing was adaption. “I don’t have stomach acid. I’ve got iron numbers that are substantially lower than the average 20 year old, and a lower inflammatory index as well. Why do I not have stomach acid? Is it a highly activated iron defense mechanism emanating from the liver in the form of hepcidin secretion? Or something to do with epigenetic switching? With rodent models, epigenetic switching can endure to the third generation. Is that my predicament or am I still loaded in the liver to some extent, never mind the metrics on transferrin saturation and ferritin that we know about. It’s a coin toss as to whether it’s epigenetic switching or still iron loaded.”
Ken continues to discover new metabolic connections.
Ken’s ophthalmologist, knowing all about the pink science, recently gave Ken 2 special eye exams. The first one indicated no macular degeneration and no diabetic retinopathy. The doctor told him, “for a guy who had diabetic retinopathy 14 years ago whose been untreated, you’re supposed to be dead or blind or both.” He cued up a second examination where he took an enlarged photograph and examined it microscopically. He found the very first stages of diabetic retinopathy, so in a 1-100 scale, it was 1.
He flashes a huge grin every time he shows me his metrics.
After all his tests where he acted as his own guinea pig, he came to the ultimate conclusion that, “When you ramp up the insulin signaling, the other aspects of human physiology are capable of manifesting huge amounts of change to bone density, to brain performance, and the recovery of the immune system.”
So why now am I so different than I was at that time? I was donating a pint of blood every 2 weeks, which I can’t do here in Austin, and I may not be able to do it anyway. I may not want to do it. At that time, it wasn’t a matter of choice…it was a working experiment to try to keep from dying. I’ve also got 25 other pathologies I’m trying to deal with. I’m reasonably certain they haven’t been overwhelmed at that point.