Dr. Oz was sued for his advice on sound sleep for those who suffer from insomnia. Some have criticized Dr. Oz for the sleep advice, calling it “bad.” But I have to wonder if the sleep advice itself is sound and the implementation was flawed.
Dr. Oz claimed that filling a pair of socks with uncooked rice, heating it up in the microwave, and then wearing the socks for about 20 minutes could help people sleep better. But Frank Dietl apparently heated up the rice so much that it caused third degree burns, but did not feel it due to his neuropathy in his feet.
Before being sued, Dr. Oz explained how the sleep remedy worked by saying:
“You do this and lie for about 20 minutes with those socks on in bed. The heat will divert blood to your feet. 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.”
I actually can comment on this sleep advice for two reasons. The first is that my own father suffers from neuropathy in his feet. I’ve heard of him using heat on his feet during the night. So, obviously, the advice in of itself is fine and Frank Dietl messed up royally.
The second reason is that I sometimes use a rice-filled neck pillow before going to bed at night. I know from experience from that these things can get dangerously hot. Over time, I’ve worked out the exact amount of time in the microwave necessary to heat the rice just right. Sure, Frank Dietl has neuropathy in his feet, but I don’t see why he couldn’t have used his hands, or even a thermometer, to check the temperature before shoving his feet into the burning hot socks.
What do you think about Dr. Oz being sued for another man’s error?
Dr. Oz sued over foot remedy. What? Something he recommended didn't work and might be harmful? No! </sarcasm> http://t.co/HOwJiWYKpb
— Eric Benchimol (@ericbenchimol) March 19, 2013