According to Fox News on Wednesday, celebrity surgeon and daytime health talk show host Dr. Mehmet Oz is being sued over a home remedy to aid insomnia that resulted in third degree burns on Frank Dietrl, who got the idea for the remedy on Oz's show, The Dr. Oz Show.
Dietrl, 76, claims in a lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court that Dr. Oz's "knapsack heated rice footsie" led to burns on his feet, and "confined to his bed for weeks".
During an April 17, 2012 episode of The Dr. Oz Show, the cardiothoracic doctor reportedly told viewers to fill the toes of a pair of socks with uncooked rice, warm them up in the microwave oven, then slip then on, the Daily News reports.
However, Dietl suffers from neuropathy — a numbness in his feet caused by diabetes. He subsequently did not realize how hot the socks were until he got up in the middle of the night and tried to walk. The suit did not specify how long he left the socks in the microwave.
"There were no proper instructions or proper warnings," Dominck Gullo, Dietrl's atttorney, said. "There were no warnings to anybody with neuropathy to not try it."
However, Dr. Oz did warn viewers not to get the socks too hot in the microwave.