Ouch! Dr. Mehmet Oz is in a world of legal pain after his unconventional insomnia cure left a man with third degree burns on his feet.
Sleep deprived viewer Frank Dietz of New Jersey says he was so desperate for a good night’s rest that he followed the TV doc’s “24 Hour Ultimate Energy Boost Plan” — a plan to cure cold foot-related insomnia by using a “Knapsack Heated Rice Footsie.”
That’s when everything went wrong.
In a lawsuit filed April 17, Dietz says that Oz — star of THE DR. OZ SHOW — failed to warn his viewers about the possible risks of harm.
Oz said insomniacs should fill up a pair of socks with uncooked rice and heat them in a microwave, Dietl says in the complaint.
However, “Dr. Mehmet Oz failed to properly warn and instruct the home audience, and thereby plaintiff, as to the possible risks of harm that could be sustained by an individual who utilized the aforesaid home remedy who also suffered from neuropathy of the lower extremities,” the complaint states.
Peripheral neuropathy is numbness and pain in the hands and feet caused by nerve damage.
Dietl says his condition stemmed from diabetes.
He claims Oz’s home remedy left him with third-degree burns on both feet, “severely injured, bruised and wounded” and “sick, sore, lame and disabled.”
Dietl demands damages for negligence.
The New Yorker recently published an article questioning whether the Good Doctor’s unconventional treatments do more harm than good.
Perhaps now we know the answer.
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