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A New Jersey resident named Frank Dietl has sued Dr. Oz because he claims an insomnia cure recommended by the talk show host left him with third-degree burns.

The remedy – titled “knap-sack heated rice footsie” – was outlined by Oz on April 17, 2012.

It asks the patient to fill a pair of socks with uncooked rice; heat them up via microwave; and then place said socks on one’s feet.

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Oz did warn viewers to be careful with the temperature of the socks, but Dietl claims they burned him nonetheless.


According to The Associated Press, he has therefore filed a lawsuit Manhattan State Supreme Court.

There’s been no response yet from anyone at The Dr. Oz Show.

But Oz clearly has an effect on his viewers: Oprah’s good friend was recently named one of the year’s top 10 most influential celebrities by Forbes.