Dr. Oz Sued Over Rice Sock Method

By Alex Johnston
Epoch Times Staff
Created: March 19, 2013 Last Updated: March 23, 2013
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Dr. Oz sued: A man sued Dr. Mehmet Oz after he allegedly followed the television doctor’s advice on one of his shows.

Dr. Mehmet Oz and his wife Lisa attend at function at the Lincoln Center on April 24, 2012 in New York. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

Dr. Mehmet Oz and his wife Lisa attend at function at the Lincoln Center on April 24, 2012 in New York. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

A man has filed a lawsuit against Dr. Mehmet Oz after he sustained a third degree burn by allegedly following advice on “The Dr. Oz Show,” it was reported.

Frank Dietl, 76, filed suit against the television doctor on Monday in Manhattan’s Supreme Court, claiming he received burns on his feet for sleeping with heated rice-filled socks, reported The New York Post.

Dietl is a diabetic with neuropathy and has a “diminished sensation in his feet,” the Post said. He reportedly followed the rice-sock remedy on the show.

“What upset me was that Oz should have had a disclaimer for people with neuropathy,’’ Dietl told the paper.

The New York Daily News reported that the “knapsack heated rice footsie” method was promoted on April 12, 2012. “You do this and lie for about 20 minutes with those socks on in bed. The heat will divert blood to your feet,” Oz said on the show.

He added: “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.”

But Dietl “wound up with third-degree burns on his feet and was confined to his bed for weeks,” his attorney, Dominick Gullo, told the Daily News.

The show’s spokesman, Tim Sullivan, told the Post he would not comment specifically on the nature of the lawsuit.

However, he said, “We stand by the content in our program as safe and educational for our viewers.”

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  • Lily Darcey

    For years I have used a back pillow with uncooked rice for a stiff neck, that I warm in the microwave, and for years I haven’t gotten burned. Must be because heated it within reason.

  • Kristy Crow

    Weird thing is I get sleepy when hot not cold… So I think that is a lie…

  • Nicola Vazey

    this is stupid, he should have done his own research first. he should have also seen his regular gp or doctor to see if doing this would be okay for him. he is 76, you’d think he’d be wise enough to do his own research and think it through before hand…

  • N icole

    Mr. Dietl knew when he used his ‘hands’ to take the rice bag out of the
    micro wave if possibly it was too hot. This law suit is a crock! Dr.
    Oz…your advise was wise, unfortunately some folks are always looking
    to blame someone for their own missteps! Keep the common sense advise


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