An insomnia cure promoted by TV’s Dr. Oz left a New Jersey man with grotesque burns on his feet, a new lawsuit charges.
Frank Dietl, 76, claims Dr. Mehmet Oz’s so-called “knapsack heated rice footsie” left him debilitated instead of energized as promised.
“He wound up with third-degree burns on his feet and was confined to his bed for weeks,” Dietl’s attorney, Dominick Gullo, told the Daily News on Monday.
During an April 17 episode of “The Dr. Oz Show,” the popular cardiothoracic surgeon touted a segment dubbed “Dr. Oz’s 24-Hour Energy Boost.”
Oz encouraged viewers to fill the toes of a pair of socks with uncooked rice, warm up the footwear in a microwave oven and slip them on.
Even though Oz apparently warned of overheating, Dietl tried it and was left with burns after he fell asleep. Dietl suffers from a numbness condition as a result of diabetes so he did not realize he was being burned.
Now, this is a tricky subject. This story is ALL over the place right now as people point and laugh and experience Schadenfreude. But it’s more complicated than that. Dr. Oz is an ass for giving people stupid, pointless AND bad advice on a TV show. But people are gullible for taking it.
Is Oz completely at fault? I’m not sure. I would like him to be held accountable for the SCORES of bad advice and nonsense he dishes out every day. But in this case? It’s not just black and white. You are responsible for what you decide to do with information you get. Maybe some of you will disagree.
Tip: Todd Stonewall and Ray Gorman