‘It put chills down my spine’: Previous patient of suspended Bedford dentist haunted by painful memories | Local | News

When Scott Wolfe saw the photo of his dentist from 30 years ago circulating on social media, he was overwhelmed by a flood of emotions.

“It put chills down my spine,” he said.

The photo is of Errol Gaum, a long-time practising pediatric dentist in HRM, whose clinic is now in Bedford. It was shared on a Facebook group alongside numerous accounts from patients and parents who came forward to accuse Gaum of using excessive force and doing procedures without consent.

Wolfe, who is 39 years old now, hadn’t been to Gaum’s practice once or twice. Gaum was his dentist for three years and every visit was filled with pain. Wolfe remembers being pinned down by the dentist and his assistant as he sat in the chair. He recalls having allergies as a little boy and being threatened for breathing through his mouth, instead of his stuffed-up nose. 

“They’d become incredibly rude and very disrespectful,” he said. “(They) told me that I’d be in a lot of trouble if I if I didn’t start breathing through my nose because I was steaming up their dental mirror.”

Wolfe would beg his mom every time not to go to the dentist.

Wolfe’s mom, Florence Wolfe, was never allowed in the room with him. Sitting in the waiting room, she would hear him crying.

“You just want to automatically run to them,” she said.

One memory Florence has is of Gaum giving her son a denture. When she asked what the denture was for, she was told it was to “correct her son’s speech.”

Two weeks later, Scott lost his denture, and his mother called the dentist to have it replaced but was told it wasn’t necessary. Florence still wonders why it was suddenly OK for her son to go without the denture when it was essential only a couple of weeks ago.

Despite all the strange occurrences and her son’s reluctance to go to the dentist, Florence didn’t think there was something wrong at the time.

“(I) chalked it up to just being a nervous child at the dentist. Because I never dreamt of what was going on in there. I had no idea what was going on in there.”

Wolfe, who has a two-year old daughter, said he thinks the reason Gaum’s alleged misconduct wasn’t exposed till now is the idea that children don’t like to go to the dentist. But he said parents shouldn’t blame themselves or feel guilty for sending their children to Gaum because they couldn’t have known.

“Those feelings are for sure natural … and I wouldn’t expect you not to feel that way,” he said.

“But you’re trusting a professional, just like you would trust a doctor. … And you’re trusting your child in their hands to get … good medical help. And you think even though it’s a bad experience, or they’re having a tough time with it, it’s for the greater good.”

It’s not the parents’ fault that Gaum failed their trust, he said.

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New Army recruits will be put through their paces by Bear Grylls’ bootcamp fitness firm BMF

New Army recruits will be put through their paces by Bear Grylls’ bootcamp fitness firm BMF in bid to stop so many dropping out when gruelling training starts

  • Grylls’ company Be Military Fit is partnering with Army recruiter Capita 
  • The adventurer hopes an intense programme will prepare troops for training
  • About 100,000 people apply to join the Army each year quit because of the rigorous fitness demands and outdoor skills required 

Bear Grylls will help toughen up new recruits from next week in a bid to stop them dropping out of the Army. 

Thousands of the around 100,000 people who apply to join the Army each year quit because of the rigorous fitness demands and outdoor skills required.

But the TV survival star’s bootcamp fitness company is stepping in to help put recruits through their paces before their official training begins. 

Be Military Fit (BMF) is set to launch a new partnership with Army recruitment contractor Capita on Monday. 

TV adventurer and former SAS man Bear Grylls is helping whip Army recruits into shape before their training begins. Pictured: Grylls takes part in a workout organised by his fitness bootcamp company Be Military Fit in London in 2019 [File photo]

TV adventurer and former SAS man Bear Grylls is helping whip Army recruits into shape before their training begins. Pictured: Grylls takes part in a workout organised by his fitness bootcamp company Be Military Fit in London in 2019 [File photo]

Pictured: Grylls (centre) with two BMF trainers. The company will launch a new partnership with Army recruitment contractor Capita on Monday with the aim of making sure recruits are fit enough to begin the army's rigorous training programme

Pictured: Grylls (centre) with two BMF trainers. The company will launch a new partnership with Army recruitment contractor Capita on Monday with the aim of making sure recruits are fit enough to begin the army’s rigorous training programme 

The former SAS man told The Sun that his firm will use ‘tailored fitness programmes and expertise’ to condition new recruits in order to stop so many dropping out.

‘The truth is some recruits aren’t prepared for the standard of outdoor resilience and fitness that’s needed to succeed. 

‘Around 30,000 men and women are put through to day one of basic training but they lose a lot in the early days,’ he said.

Grylls is also keen to ensure that more women recruits make it through basic training [File photo]

Grylls, 46, said the programme will get squaddies used to outdoor training and taking instructions as part of a team as well as giving the recruits confidence ahead of their training.

Those who attend all 15 BMF sessions will be issued with a report from one of the company’s instructors. 

Grylls – whose real name is Edward – is also turning his attention to ensuring more women make it through basic training. 

Some 20,000 women apply to join the Army each year but 10% are forced to quit due to the same fitness and resilience issues face by other recruits, The Sun reported.

However, female recruits frequently out-perform their male counterparts. 

Grylls said that women ‘have proven to be some of the most promising and tough recruits we’ve had in the Army in recent years. 

‘They’re just as strong as men, and that’s why we’re going to help get more females fighting fit and

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‘Put the razor blades and the Ambien back in the medicine cabinet’

On MSNBC’s election night coverage Tuesday night, political analyst and Democratic strategist James Carville was full of optimism as he reassured the Democratic party that, despite President Donald Trump leading in many battleground states, everything was “going to be fine.”

“Every Democrat, just put the razor blades and the Ambien back in the medicine cabinet. We’re going to be fine,” stated Carville.

Carville went on saying that “Pennsylvania looks really good, we’re going to be fine in Wisconsin, I think a big surprise here is Georgia.”

Similar to Carville’s statement, former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden made a statement after midnight saying, “we’re going to win this,” as it became clear that the presidential race was too close to call late Tuesday night. While the nation went to bed preparing to wait it out, possibly until Friday, Carville continued to express his optimism.

“I hoped that we would know earlier than we did. I think we’re going to be just fine. I’m very optimistic,” stated Carville. He continued, “People are rerunning the numbers, and we just have to hang in there, and we’re going to win this thing. I promise you. But just, you know, stay up the night, watch the returns. We’re doing a good job.”

“I do not have defeat on my mind. I have really good reasons to think that we’re going to be fine. I’ve talked to a lot of people tonight. It might take a little bit longer than we wanted, but everybody just hang in there. America’s coming back and I feel good about where we are,” assured Carville.

Finally, Carville told MSNBC’s Brian Williams and Rachel Maddow, “I’ve waited four years for this. I can wait another four days.”

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Dentist’s COVID-19 Insurance Suit Put To Sleep By Fla. Judge

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Law360 (November 3, 2020, 5:37 PM EST) —
A Florida federal judge on Monday tossed a dentist’s lawsuit seeking to compel Hartford Casualty Insurance Co. to cover his practice’s COVID-19 related losses, agreeing with the insurer that the dentist’s losses weren’t covered by his policy as they did not constitute a physical harm to the property.

Two businesses associated with dentist Raymond H. Nahmad sued in May claiming the insurance company was breaching a contract by declining to cover the dentist’s losses following orders from the governor of Florida and the mayor of Miami-Dade County in March to suspend non-emergency or elective dental care to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom dismissed the lawsuit with prejudice, ruling that the insurance policy covers a physical loss to the property and not a loss of revenue. The judge also said that even if a loss of revenue could be construed as a physical loss, there is a specific virus exclusion in the policy.

“As an initial matter, business income is not included within the list of covered property under the policy,” the judge said. “In fact, money and accounts are expressly excluded from the definition. But more importantly, the complaint itself alleges that there were no physical harms to the insured premises because plaintiffs’ injuries are purely economic.”

The judge added, “Federal courts in Florida that have examined whether economic losses caused by COVID-19 business closures or suspensions constitute a ‘direct physical loss’ or ‘physical harm’ have rejected plaintiffs’ arguments.”

Among the cases cited by the judge was the Southern District of Florida’s 2020 ruling in Malaube, LLC v. Greenwich Ins. Co. , where a restaurant sought coverage for losses from COVID-19. The court found there was no allegation COVID-19 was physically present on the premises, and also cited other rulings in Florida that found emergency government orders were insufficient to state a claim for COVID-19 looses because “there must be some allegation of actual harm.”

Judge Bloom also said that even if she assumed “for argument’s sake that plaintiffs had alleged facts triggering coverage under the policy, the virus exclusion would still apply to bar coverage for plaintiffs’ losses.”

The judge added, “Upon consideration, the court does not agree that plaintiffs’ distinction between the government orders versus the virus as the immediate cause of their losses avoids the plain language of the virus exclusion.”

A second claim seeking declaratory judgment was also dismissed by the judge, who said it was “duplicative” of the breach of contract allegation and also failed to state a claim.

Counsel for the parties did not

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Put Aside Politics And Put On A Mask

Nationwide use of face masks could bring the spread of Covid-19 under control if 90% to 95% of the U.S. population wore such face coverings, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Wednesday.

In an interview with the editor of JAMA, Fauci advocated all Americans wear masks as a key way to bring an end to the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly as a measure to reign in the spread of the virus until vaccines are widely available against the disease.

“If you don’t want to shut down at least do the fundamental basic things . . . the flagship of which is wearing a mask,” Fauci, who is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, told Dr. Howard Bauchner, editor of JAMA during an interview Wednesday afternoon.

Fauci’s live interview builds on a viewpoint he and NIH colleagues Andrea Lerner and Gregory Folkers wrote for JAMA published earlier this week called “Preventing the Spread of SARS-CoV-2 With Masks and Other ‘Low-tech’ Interventions.” In the article, Fauci and colleagues from the NIH said wearing masks is critical along with a “toolbox” of low-tech interventions that include “physical distancing, hand hygiene, prompt testing (along with isolation and contact tracing), and limits on crowds and gatherings.”

If the American public embraced masking and other of these “low tech interventions,” the U.S. Covid-19 outbreak could be under control with deaths and cases of the virus dropping dramatically, Fauci and NIH colleagues wrote, echoing statements by the head of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention many times throughout the pandemic.

“We can’t have this very inconsistent wearing (of masks) where you have some states that absolutely refuse to wear a mask,” Fauci said. “It almost becomes a political statement. We have got to get away from that.”

The CDC first recommended that Americans wear face masks to reduce the spread of Covid-19 in early April but not all states have followed through and the Donald Trump White House has been inconsistent in advocating that all Americans wear masks, further politicizing the issue. Trump and his wife Melania Trump were among several who work in the White House not wearing masks who were infected with Covid-19 earlier this month and – in the last week – several of Vice President Mike Pence’s staffers that didn’t regularly wear masks were infected with the Coronavirus.

Meanwhile, cases of Covid-19 are surging to their highest levels since the outbreak with 70,000 infections being diagnosed every day along with an estimated 1,000 deaths from the deadly virus. There have been nearly 9 million Americans infected with Covid-19, according to the latest New York Times tally.

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Trump’s broadsides against science put GOP governors in a bind

“These numbers will not change unless we change,” DeWine said Tuesday. “By more of us wearing masks, by more of us avoiding situations where there can be spread and just really being careful, we can turn this heat down and get back to a simmer of this virus instead of the flame that’s coming up.”

Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Lee on Tuesday announced a new statewide ad campaign promoting face coverings, saying wearing a mask is the only way people can safely return to their routines. The number of Covid patients in the state’s intensive care units is up 40 percent since Oct. 1.

Mississippi GOP Gov. Tate Reeves on Monday said that hospitals in his state must be able to reserve at least 10 percent of their beds for coronavirus patients or cancel elective procedures. He also issued a mask mandate and limited indoor gatherings to 10 people and outdoor gatherings to 50 people in nine counties.

“We’re trying to prevent so many individuals from getting the virus at once that our health care system cannot respond,” Reeves said.

The push by Republican governors whose states are in danger of being overrun by a new wave of infections and hospitalizations reflects the disconnect between politicians who are fighting the virus’ real effects on the ground and Trump’s reelection campaign, which is trying to project optimism that the country is turning the corner on infections, even though the statistics don’t back him up.

Hospitals in Utah and Wisconsin are at or near capacity, while facilities in Texas and Indiana battle medical staff shortages. Nationally, the number of people hospitalized with Covid-19 has climbed 20 percent in the two weeks since Trump left Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after contracting the virus. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Tuesday that the pandemic has resulted in 299,000 excess deaths from late January to Oct. 3 — a toll members of Trump’s own administration say is sure to sharply increase.

“We’re going straight up again with the number of cases happening each day,” NIH Director Francis Collins warned in an NPR interview Tuesday. “Hospitalizations are up … and I’m afraid, inevitably, that is going to result in an increase in deaths, because that’s what happens every time with about a two- or three-week delay.”

But with less than two weeks until the election, the president has insisted that coronavirus concerns are exaggerated, called the government’s leading infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci an “idiot” and a “disaster” and relied more heavily on Scott Atlas — a coronavirus task force member who backs protecting vulnerable populations while loosening nearly all Covid-related restrictions and letting the virus spread unfettered among healthy people.

Collins said Tuesday that Trump has also stopped meeting with the rest of the task force even as cases and hospitalizations surge and as public health experts warn that the colder weather and approaching holiday season will send more Americans indoors, where the virus more easily spreads.

Trump’s message

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