“Dietl was severely injured, bruised, and wounded, suffered, still suffers and will continue to suffer for some time physical pain and bodily injuries and became sick, sore, lame and disabled and so remained for a considerable length of time.”
That sounds a bit like a typical exaggeration fit for a lawsuit, doesn’t it? OK, so what did the good Dr. Oz suggest Mr. Dietl do? Well, in order to treat his chronic insomnia with a “home remedy”, Oz told him (and millions of other viewers) to put some uncooked rice into a pair of socks, heat them in the microwave until they’re warm (“don’t get it too hot”) and:
“…lie for about 20 minutes with those socks on in bed; the heat will divert blood to your feet to your heat. 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 be sleepy.”
Sounds like solid science to us! The problem was that Mr. Dietl had limited sensation in his feet and didn’t realize that the rice was way too hot (he probably didn’t drink any rooibos tea either). And then the inevitable happened. We’re not trying to disparage the good doctor, who has a gift for coming up with strange ways to get attention. But this isn’t the first lawsuit filed against one of TV’s favorite medical professionals, either. Dr. Drew, Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil (he’s really the worst)…at what point do these paid entertainers become PR liabilities? Oprah? Hello?