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]

Quantum woo pushing[edit]

Having made a large sum of money from this business, Irwin has started to promote Quantum woo. In 2012 he has registered the domain name of "Quantum Gravity Research" [10][11], and in 2014 registered a non-profit organisation with the same name based in LA.[12]

In 2012 he has begun releasing "research papers"[13] about numerous junk sciences like cold fusion, the golden ratio, crystals, and consciousness. To make his scam appear more legitimate, he has hired several associates with genuine experience in Physics, and through them, has stuck his name on academic papers of varying legibility. [14][15]

In 2015 he also started uploading videos about the group's "research" [16], in which either he discusses various woo topics, or one of his associates "lectures" on Physics to Irwin himself or a crowed of no more than 5 people at a time. (however, it's worth noting that in those lectures, he often talks over them). The YouTube channel also hosts two 30-minute half-professionally produced fiction documentary films "What is Reality?" and "Hacking Reality" that cover a number of topics — nearly all of which are completely misunderstood.[17][18]

Klee's philosophy could be described as a form of panpsychism, in which consciousness is, in Klee's view, a fundamental property of matter, and plays a role in quantum collapse. In his video lectures, he often invokes circular reasoning to come to the conclusion that "the universe self-actualizes itself."

It is likely that this whole effort is simply a donation scam, hoping to get donations intended to assist the team with their supposed research. It is obvious that Irwin and his associates put much effort to market the project and make it appear legitimate. Probably the biggest tell-tale sign of woo is the amount of material intended for the general public. Real research teams don't commission Documentaries on their work, or create fancy websites to publicize it.

Other endeavours[edit]

Irwin was a co-founder of Ray Kurzweil's Singularity "(sic) University" in 2007.[19]

While it existed, he attempted to keep his Wikipedia article in good order by edit warring.[20]

While still working on the Quantum Gravity Research project, Irwin continues to promote and sell cannabis extract (CBD). He also published a book on CBD's use for pain relief in 2018.[21]

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