Frank Dietl, 76, is suing Mehmet Oz, or Dr. Oz of The Dr. Oz Show, over an insomnia treatment. Dietl alleges that the home remedy treatment gave him “third degree burns on [his] feet and [that he] was confined to his bed for weeks,” according to Dietl’s attorney, Dominick Gullo.
The Dr. Oz Show’s April 17, 2012 episode told viewers to put uncooked rice in the toes of a pair of socks, warm them in a microwave oven, and slip them on for an extended period of time. Oz explained, “You do this and lie for about 20 minutes with those socks in bed. The heat will divert blood to your feet.”
The cardiothoracic surgeon did make a point of mentioning to not get the socks too hot in the microwave.
Oz has been criticized in the past for various remedies for his viewers. Here is a list of five of his craziest recommendations:
1. Green coffee beans for weight loss
According to Forbes, Oz once said of green beans, “this little bean has scientists saying they have found a magic weight loss cure for every body type!” This accusation was concluded from a scientific study with a total of 16 people.
2. Human growth hormones (HG) can “supercharge your body”
Dr. Oz said that HGH is “fundamentally important to us staying youthful and vital” and can make you feel decades younger.
3. There are “troubling” levels of arsenic in many juices
According to one Dr. Oz episode, there are dangerous levels of arsenic in juices. However, the Food and Drug Administration has since claimed that the arsenic in juices, such as apple juice, is of the “harmless kind” and “inorganic.”
4. Psychics can help people communicate with dead family members
Oz has been known to promote alternative forms of medicine and has hosted Dr. Joe Mercola, “pioneer in alternative medicine,” who claims that he can really talk to the dead and help people converse with deceased loved ones.
5. Reparative therapy can cure homosexuality
An episode that aired on November 28, 2012 explored the topic of “reparative therapy” that allegedly cures homosexuality. This drew significant criticism, and after the episode he posted on his blog that he wanted to get “both sides” of the divisive therapy.