Dr. Oz is being sued by a man who claims his sleeping tips resulted in third-degree burns on his feet after taking his advice in an April 2012 episode of the show. In a March 19 report published on the New York Post, 76-year-old Frank Dietl from New Jersey filed a lawsuit against the doctor. He's the brother of celebrity private eye, Bo Dietl.
Dietl is a diabetic and suffers from neuropathy with a “diminished sensation in his feet.’’ He followed Dr. Oz's suggestions by taking a pair of sock with uncooked rice and heating them up in the microwave before wearing the socks for about 20 minutes. The idea was to help with better sleep.
Dietl alleges that the burns caused him to remain in bed for weeks until he healed.
“What upset me was that Oz should have had a disclaimer for people with neuropathy,’’ Dietl said.
A spokesman for the Dr. Oz Show -- Tim Sullivan -- said he hadn't heard of a complaint from the man who filed the lawsuit. He did stand by the program's policy of providing helpful and safe health advice on the show.
“We stand by the content in our program as safe and educational for our viewers," Sullivan said.
Is this something Dr. Oz should be sued over or is this a case of someone not using common sense doing at-home remedies after watching the show?