Dr Oz is being sued over a home remedy for insomnia that went wrong. A New Jersey man named Frank Dietl has filed a lawsuit against Dr. Oz, suing him over a home remedy technique that caused third degree burns.
On Monday Frank Dietl, 76, filed a lawsuit in Manhattan’s Supreme Court claiming he got third degree burns on his feet after sleeping with heated rice-filled socks as recommended by Oz in a 2012 show.
Dietl, who is diabetic and suffers from neuropathy with a diminished sensation in his feet, said the sleep remedy ““knap-sack heated rice footsie” was touted by Dr. Mehmet Oz in 2012. “What upset me was that Oz should have had a disclaimer for people with neuropathy,’’ Dietl said.
“There were no proper instructions or proper warnings,” Dietl’s attorney Dominick Gullo told the Daily News. “There were no warnings to anybody with neuropathy to not try it.”
During the April 17, 2012 episode, Dr. Oz suggested filling the toes of a pair of socks with rice, then warming them in the microwave. He said wearing the rice filled socks for 20 minutes could alleviate insomnia, but he warned viewers to check their temperature.
“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,” Dr Oz said in the episode.
So while Dr. Oz did warn people to check the temperature of the rice socks, the problem being for Frank Dietl with his neuropathy, he couldn’t feel his feet being burned.
The Dr. Oz Show said it couldn’t comment until it could review the lawsuit.
This isn’t the first Dr. Oz lawsuit. In 2010, Dr. Oz was sued by his neighbors who claimed he planted trees next to their Cliffside Park property that destroyed their view of the Manhattan skyline.
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