Klee Irwin

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Klee Irwin is a pseudoscience proponent and fraudster.[1] He became widely known for his infomercials for "Dual Action Cleanse", a "natural" remedy,[2], which was subject to numerous lawsuits.[3] Some have reported being scammed by his company.[4]

Legal adventures[edit]

The FDA is not a fan. In 2001 they sent a letter warning him about serious safety concerns and multiple violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act,[5] and in 2004 a letter saying that they had reviewed the claims about the "Maximum Strength Phase 2 Carb-Blocker" product and concluded these claims were not supported by reliable and competent scientific evidence.[6]

In 2008 the Securities and Exchange Commission revoked the registration of multiple registered securities including Omni Nutraceuticals, Inc. based on repeated failure to file required periodic reports with the SEC. The last report the SEC received reported a net loss of $7,032,000 in a period of nine months.[7]

In 2009 a man from Tennessee said he was nearly killed by Dual Action Cleanse. At that time the product had generated 816 complaints nationwide at the Better Business Bureau of Los Angeles. The president of the Better Business Bureau of North Alabama, Michele McDaniel, said: "Some of the complaints are about unauthorized charges — when a consumer tries to get a refund, they're having trouble. We're certainly concerned about the patterns that are showing in this report".[8]

In 2011, several district attorneys filed a civil lawsuit and Irwin Naturals was ordered to pay $2,650,000 for unfair business practices, false and misleading advertising, and charging for products that were never ordered and failing to reimburse customers. Irwin Naturals sold products like "10 Day Hoodia Diet" & "Fast Action Hoodia Diet" that, contrary to the information on the label, did not contain Hoodia gordonii. Several of their products contained an illegal amount of lead, in one case (Green Tea Fat Burner) over fourteen times over the legal limit, but the products were not marked with the warning labels that are required by law.[9]

Woo pushing[edit]

Having made a large amount of money from this business, Irwin has started promoting pseudoscience. He has registered an organization with the deceptively prestigious title and domain name of "Quantum Gravity Research"[10] and has begun releasing videos and articles about cold fusion, the golden ratio, crystals, and consciousness. To make it more prestigious, he has hired several actual physics graduates — but in their uploaded lectures he talks over them.[11][12]

He was also a co-founder of Ray Kurzweil's Singularity "University" in 2007.[13]

While it existed, he attempted to keep his Wikipedia article in good order.[14]

He also made the 30 minute youtube documentary "What is reality?". It covers a number of topics and misunderstands almost all of them, and at the end asks the audience for money.[15]

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