Dr. Mehmet Oz is being sued by a New Jersey man who claims he burned his feet while following his advice to cure insomnia.
Frank Dietl, 76, of Southampton, N.J., filed a lawsuit against Dr. Oz in Manhattan state Supreme Court.
Dietl claims Dr. 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.
“You do this and lie for about 20 minutes with those socks on in bed. The heat will divert blood to your feet,” Oz explained on the show.
“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,” he said.
The only warning he offered was to not get the socks too hot in the microwave.
Oz capped the segment by telling viewers, “If you do this the right way, you’ll be thanking me for years to come.”
But Dietl, the brother of former NYPD detective and TV personality Bo Dietl, was anything but thankful for the advice.