A New Jersey man claims he was burned – literally – by advice he followed on "The Dr. Oz Show.”
According to a March 19 AP release, reprinted by Yahoo! News, Frank Dietl, from Southampton, N.J., filed a lawsuit in Manhattan state Supreme Court today, suing Dr. Mehmet Oz and his show after suffering third-degree burns on his feet.
Dietl tried out a "knap-sack heated rice footsie” remedy that the show promoted on April 17 of last year.
As a potential cure for insomnia, Oz recommended filling a pair of socks with uncooked rice, warming the socks up in a microwave, then leaving them on the feet for approximately 20 minutes. The steady warmth on a foot’s centers for reflexology are said to promote healthy sleep patterns.
Dietl claims he was confined to his bed for weeks after trying the remedy and scorching his feet.
In the show, Dr. Oz did warn not to get the socks too hot.
The lawsuit says Dietl, who is diabetic and suffers from neuropathy, has been left with a “diminished sensation in his feet.”
“What upset me was that Oz should have had a disclaimer for people with neuropathy," Dietl said.
Tim Sullivan, a show spokesman, said he hadn’t seen the specific complaint and could not comment on the pending suit.
Sullivan added: “We stand by the content in our program as safe and educational for our viewers.’’