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Mental Health

Bone Spurs

  • During an interview with a biographer, Trump removed his shows ostensibly to illustrate the ‘bone spurs’ that allegedly kept him from serving in Vietnam. “Despite sitting out the Vietnam War because of deferments followed by a high draft lottery number of 356 out of 366, Mr. Trump said he endured the rigors of military life. ‘My number was so incredible, and it was a very high draft number. Anyway, so I never had to do that, but I felt that I was in the military in the true sense because I dealt with those people,’ he told Mr. D'Antonio. […] During an interview for the book, Mr. Trump removed a shoe to show the author the cause of his medical deferment. ‘Heel spurs,’ he said. ‘On both feet.’” (New York Times, September 9, 2015)

Dental Health

  • Larry Rosenthal, a celebrity dentist who doubled as a dilettante on the New York City social circuit, used to boast publicly that Donald Trump was one of his clients. “Like plastic surgeons of a certain class, these power dentists hobnob with their celebrity patients, partying with Donald Trump, dining with Norman Mailer. They show up in gossip columns and hire publicity agents to promote their high-tech gum lasers and state-of-the-art laminating techniques -- even sending out Hollywood-style head shots of themselves to advertise their star quality. […] Traders in cocktail-party confidences can score points by announcing, ‘Larry did my teeth,’ referring to Dr. Larry Rosenthal, whose patients include Donald Trump, Kathie Lee Gifford and a long roster of socialites.” (New York Times, January 31, 1999)
  • Rosenthal, who had faced professional discipline for inappropriately diverting prescription medications, was a guest at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago one year and Trump was seen at the dentist’s 50th birthday party. “According to the New York State division of professional licensing, Dr. Rosenthal's dental license was suspended for six months in 1987, although the agency would not reveal the reason. Dr. Rosenthal explained that he had been charged with a misuse of prescription forms to obtain sleeping and diet pills, but he maintained that the forms had been stolen and used by someone else. Dr. Rosenthal and his family spent last Easter in Palm Beach, Fla., as guests at Mr. Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort. His 50th-birthday party in the Hamptons last summer drew a guest list of patients sufficiently notable for an item in The New York Post: Mr. Trump, Kathie Lee and Frank Gifford, and Sandy Korn Taylor (a former Penthouse Pet).” (New York Times, January 31, 1999)
  • 2002: Rosenthal’s business providing dentistry to celebrities reportedly brought in $10 million in annual revenue. “Rosenthal started treating glitterati in the early 1990s and counts Denise Rich and Bruce Springsteen as clients, but he now spends most of his time brightening the smiles of high-profile chief executives. Among them: Donald Trump, designer Tommy Hilfiger, Miramax's Harvey Weinstein, Jones Apparel Chief Sidney Kimmel, oil baron David Koch and Viacom Chief Sumner Redstone. Indulging their vanity is big business: Rosenthal's revenues are $10 million, up 150% from $4 million in 1995.” (Forbes, May 27, 2002)
  • Trump's dentist sued the estate of New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle after the ballplayer died from crashing a plane into the dentist's penthouse apartment. “A dentist whose patients include Donald Trump, Bruce Springsteen and Catherine Zeta-Jones, has filed a $7 million lawsuit against the estate of late New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle, claiming his home was destroyed when the ballplayer's small airplane crashed into his apartment building. Lawrence Rosenthal says in court papers that after Lidle's Cirrus SR-20 aircraft crashed into the Manhattan building where he lived with his wife and teenage son, they had to vacate their 43rd-floor apartment because of ‘severe damage, including broken windows, smoke damage, loose bricks and extensive other damage.’” (Chicago Tribune, March 3, 2007)
  • Trump's dentist once sued one of his own clients, claiming her public dissatisfaction with his services was actually an extortion plot. “A Manhattan dentist to the stars has sued a best-selling dating-book author for $5 million after she trashed him as a heartless quack on Lying and Bad websites, reports The New York Daily News. Dr. Larry Rosenthal, whose clients include Donald Trump, Bruce Springsteen and Catherine Zeta-Jones, says he's fed up with being vilified by relationship guru Ellen Fein. […] The tooth doc, dubbed the ‘mouth whisperer’ for his New Age methods, says Fein tried to extort $100,000 from him for allegedly ruining her chompers a decade ago.” (Miami Herald, February 1, 2007)