76-year-old Frank Dietl of Southampton, New Jersey, is suing Dr. Oz. He filed a lawsuit in Manhattan State Supreme Court on Monday, claiming that a cure for insomnia promoted on Dr. Oz’s show left third degree burns on his feet.
The “knap-sack heated rice footsie” was promoted in early 2012. Dr. Oz recommended filling a pair of socks with uncooked rice and warming them in the oven before putting them on. He insisted that leaving them on for 20 minutes would promote better sleep.
Dietl tried this supposed sleep remedy and was allegedly confined to his bed for weeks because of the burns, according to CBS New York.
Even though Dr. Oz warned those who were trying it not to get the socks too hot, Dietl’s attorney Dominick Gullo still told the Daily News there are substantial grounds for legal action.
“There were no proper instructions or proper warnings,” Gullo said. “There were no warnings to anybody with neuropathy to not try it.”
Gullo could not specify how long Dietl had left the socks in the microwave and Dietl told the Daily News that he did not realize how hot the socks were until he got up in the middle of the night and tried to walk.
A “Dr. Oz Show” spokesperson said they have not seen the formal complaint yet, but did offer a blanket statement, per Examiner.com.
“We stand by the content in our program as safe and educational for our viewers,” the spokesperson said.