Frank Dietl of New Jersey learned from a Dr. Oz television episode about warming socks with rice in them and wearing them to bed. Unfortunately, the technique burned his feet horribly, and he is suing Dr. Oz, according to the New York Daily News on March 18. The insomnia solution is supposed to aid sleepers in being able to doze off. Dr. Oz stated to put rice inside of socks, put them in the microwave, put them on and go to bed.
Dietl, 76, claims in the suit that Dr. Mehmet Oz's alleged "knapsack heated rice footie" left horrendous burns on the bottom of his feet. This left him incapacitated instead of energized as Dr. Oz had assured TV viewers.
According to Dominick Gullo, Dietl's attorney:
“He wound up with third-degree burns on his feet and was confined to his bed for weeks.”
The April 17, 2012 episode of "The Dr. Oz Show" showed a segment that was called "Dr. Oz's 24-hour Energy Boost." Oz persuaded viewers to fill the toes of a pair of socks with uncooked rice, warm them up in the microwave oven and then slip them on.
According to Oz:
“You do this and lie for about 20 minutes with those socks on in bed. The heat will divert blood to your feet. When your feet get hot, guess what happens to your body? It gets cold. Your body will automatically adjust its core temperature and as it gets cooler, you’re going to be able to sleep better because your body has to be cold in order to get sleepy.”
The only warning that was given is to be sure and not get the socks too warm in the microwave. Oz stated that if you did this technique the right way, you would be thanking him for years to come.
Dietl is diabetic and has neuropathy, or numbness, in his feet. Dr. Oz did not address this condition or give any proper warnings to viewers that were diabetic or had neuropathy. The suit was filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.
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