Dr. Oz’s tip for curing insomnia—wearing heated rice footsies to bed (see my blog last March)—may have led to second- and third-degree burns for TV viewer Frank Dietl, but Oz is not responsible for the injuries, the New York Supreme Court ruled on Oct. 3. Moral of story? Take the advice of tele-evangelist health gurus with a grain of salt.
But let’s get back to the notion that heating the extremities might help to promote sleep. For some of us, this may be a useful strategy.
Dr. Oz is at it again, spreading careless advice about sleep. And this time somebody besides me is complaining.
Last week, Frank Dietl, 76, filed suit against Dr. Oz for a sleep tip that left him with third-degree burns on his feet and several weeks’ confinement in bed.
Last week Dr. Oz hosted a show about “killer” sleeping pills. Now, there are lots of reasons to be cautious about sleep meds, including the fact that some leave you feeling groggy in the morning.
But when celebrities like Dr. Oz use information like this to whip up hysteria about sleeping pills, it makes my blood boil.