(WJW) — Dr. Oz is being sued over a home remedy to treat insomnia, the New York Daily News reports.
Frank Dietl, 76, says the celebrity surgeon’s “knapsack heated rice footsie” left with him grotesque burns on his feet, the report states.
“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.
During an April 17 episode of The Dr. Oz Show, the cardiothoracic doctor reportedly told viewers to fill the toes of a pair of socks with uncooked rice, warm them up in the microwave oven, then slip then on, the Daily News reports.
“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.
He did, however, warn viewers not to get the socks too hot in the microwave.
A spokesperson for Oprah Winfrey’s Harp Productions, which produces The Dr. Oz Show, declined to comment pending a review of the lawsuit.