A Woman’s Right to Birth Control

Feminist Margaret Higgins Sanger was born in 1879. She fought for women’s rights throughout her life and coined the term birth control. Her close view of the plight of women began at home. Her mother had eighteen pregnancies and died at age forty. Margaret and her ten surviving siblings existed in a poor Irish Roman Catholic home in New York with her alcoholic father. After she became a nurse and cared for poor women suffering from unwanted pregnancies and complications of back-alley abortions, her drive for social change began.

During her marriage to architect William Sanger, they raised three children, while she continued to work for legalization of birth control. Sanger’s feminist publication The Woman Rebel, addressed women’s rights and provided birth control education. She fought to make contraceptives available in a world that prohibited sale and publication of “obscene and immoral materials” thought the Comstock Act. Margaret avoided jail time for her activities by fleeing to England.

After returning to the U.S., Margaret opened the first birth control clinic in the US with her sister and staff. They were all arrested for providing contraception information and fitting women with diaphragms.

In 1921, she started the American Birth Control League that later became Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Two years later, she opened the first legal birth control clinic in the US with the support of her second husband J. Noah H Slee, a wealthy businessman who funded her efforts for social reform.

Margaret Sanger and Katharine McCormick, International Harvester heiress, joined forces in funding and energizing research in human reproduction that led to oral contraceptive development. I remember well, when Enovid became available. As a nurse I cared for many women who nearly died at the hands of untrained abortionists. I have seen the harm first hand. The medical community welcomed the scientific advancement of oral contraceptives, yet today actions of some in Congress suppress access and harm women.

Approximately half of pregnancies are unintended. Today there are many safe methods of contraception to prevent an unwanted pregnancy. Abortion is not birth control and should not be used as such.

Planned Parenthood provides a wide range of healthcare. Defunding the organization is a terrible setback in women’s health. The work and legacies of many rational dedicated women who have worked for the betterment of women is a stake.

Improving sex education and access to healthcare for contraceptives can prevent unwanted pregnancies. Margaret Sanger, Katharine McCormick and their colleagues, including today’s advocates like Cecile Richards are inspirational women.

A vote for Hillary is a vote for women’s rights.

Betty Kuffel, MD FACP20160930_072734


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A Woman’s Right and Responsibility

Opportunities achieved through activism have provided better lives for women. During the time period when strong women fought for our right to vote, many oppressed women did not participate. Achieving the right to vote in 1920 through enactment of the 19th Amendment, opened the path for all women to have their voices heard.

Today every woman can take action by voting.

Women’s votes in the November 2016 presidential election are needed to elect Hillary Rodham Clinton. Hillary is a women’s rights and human rights advocate. Her expertise in international affairs far exceeds all other candidates. A vote for Hillary is a vote for middle class America and against corporate greed.

Influential and inspirational women who make the world a better place are not always exalted leaders. They may be young or old, rich or poor. Malala Yousafzai inspired the world with her fight for human rights and education for women, after being shot on her school bus by a Pakistani gunman. She is the youngest Nobel Prize laureate, ever, and has a long life ahead to make changes and elevate the status of women around the world.

Many influential women go unrecognized in the world today and in the United States of America. The current political and health environment has made women’s health choices difficult, particularly the poor. Birth control, actually the lack of birth control, has been in the news, but not nearly on public television as much as Viagra and Cialis ads.

Why is it insurances and politicians are in favor of and authorize payment for erection dysfunction drugs but not birth control? Aren’t they both personal health options?


Betty Kuffel, MD FACP20160930_072745

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Chocolate, Wine and a Good Book

Grouse Mountain Lodge

Saturday June 4th 2016

5-9 pm


Sponsored by:

Whitefish Library Association

Whitefish Community Foundation

 Please join local authors at this book event!

Refreshments, sparkling beverages, decadent chocolate and opportunities to meet authors and their new books.


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Birth Control 2016  is a simplified science-based explanation of the biology of reproduction, current methods of birth control, prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, the diseases and their treatments. Sexual assault information, details of reporting, and self-protection are included. This small reference contains essential information for men and women to know, and to discuss the topics with each other and their maturing children.

April is designated as STD Awareness month by the CDC. For additional information: CDC – STD information

Please write a review on Amazon. Share the free offer with others and encourage friends to read the updated information.

Thanks for stopping by to check out the new book.





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Yesterday morning this beautiful sunrise caught my attention after I’d been up writing for a couple hours. The view is from my deck looking toward Bad Rock Canyon and the west entrance to Glacier Park. I love watching the sky changes each morning at sunup with varying colors painting the clouds, like my fascination of flickering flames in a campfire. It is true the most brilliant colors are just before dawn.

During my years of working long hours in medicine, I didn’t write every day like I do now, but I still found time to write. I actually completed the first three, and outlined two additional volumes, in a medical thriller series  – in addition to a bio-thriller and a romantic intrigue. But, before final edits on the fiction, I felt compelled to complete the three nonfiction books I have published, all with important timely medical information.  Author Page on Amazon

Now that I have more time after retiring from medicine, I am focused on completing edits and honing the many manuscripts for publication or submission to an agent. Work got in the way in previous years, now I have no excuse. However, I do get sidetracked with other writing projects. For example, my sister Bev and I co-authored a novel set in 1960 in Northern MN. We are in another rewrite on that. We also share writing a monthly magazine women’s health column. In March, I took a play-writing class (one person play) from a friend who is a renowned playwright. I loved it and am making progress.

Later this week I’ll have another blog regarding my latest book, Birth Control 2016, available on Kindle free on April 30th and May 1. I hope you will take advantage of the offer and share it with your friends. More information to follow.

DSC04573Betty and Valkyrie at Whitefish City Beach last fall.

Val is 13 1/2 and doing great.




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Coffee Traders – Birds on a Wire

004Last week an author friend and I were invited to be guests on an hour-long radio show. Each Thursday morning from 10-11, the WhitefishCommunityRadio.com internet radio show “Birds on a Wire” is live from Coffee Traders in downtown Whitefish, MT. This documentary series is about life in a coffee shop…who, why and other. Caffeine helps people “chirp” and it’s cheaper at home but, at the shop, one gets to meet and greet who else is …on the wire.”

For years, at this Whitefish location author friends have met to share writing concepts, critique books, plan conferences, and solve imminent world problems. If you would like to join us for coffee, show up at 0830 on Tuesdays and Thursdays or listen to our recent conversation by clicking the link above, go to “Birds” on February 11 th.  Lavonne Mueller, playwright, and I had fun talking with hosts Sandy and Richard. 029 013

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February is National Heart Month!

Heart disease is the #1 cause of death, but
with the right knowledge and actions, it is preventable.

We’d like to share our heart health guide FREE as a Valentine gift for you, your friends and family members. Click on YOUR HEART and it will take you to the Amazon purchase page where you and your friends can download a kindle copy of YOUR HEART FREE. 2016 Promo Graphic - 2

If you are healthy and want to stay that way, or if you are overweight, have diabetes or heart disease, our book Your Heart, can help. It provides the science behind coronary artery disease with actions to improve health and longevity, including information on the 5/2 Mediterranean diet. This is a healthy way to maintain your weight over a lifetime. It’s easy and it works. Overweight children show signs of early heart disease. The book contains information on how to keep kids healthy, too.

Please share this link with everyone! Your Heart

Happy Valentines Day and Have a healthy 2016.

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Who are the Pedophiles?

Learn Pedophile Characteristics and Save a Child

In February 2012, Daniel Sayers, an NYPD auxiliary police officer who retired after 37 years of service was arrested for child pornography. He owned a children’s sports club for 25 years and coached young children. His massive photo stash of naked boys involved in sex acts gravely concerned the department he had worked with so many years. Federal law has criminalized possession, manufacture and distribution of child pornography.

Joining the ranks of pedophile priests, school teachers, police officers and judges, prominent sports figures and university coaches have had child sex abuse allegations filed against them in the past year. Parents often worry about their children being victims of stranger abductions and teach them to avoid parked cars and strangers asking for help. But naive caregivers are unaware that most child molesters are men they know and trust, friends and relatives who are sexually attracted to children.

Pedophiles commonly have collections of photos, typically of children they have molested and those of the age and sex they desire. In the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the American Psychiatric Association designates pedophilia as a mental illness. This complex disorder of thought and desire typically begins in young adolescent males and extends over a lifetime. Intense sexual fantasies about children may be fueled by pornography. Years in prison and counseling are ineffective.

Because pedophiles often operate in plain view and in positions of power, they usually display normal behaviors and are difficult to detect. They may be generous and helpful, offering to care for children. Youth pastors, scout leaders, special education teachers, babysitters, coaches and fitness coaches, are common positions where you will find them. For example, a retired Yankee baseball player and a youth coach in Oyster Bay, NY, was arrested for victimizing an 8-year-old-girl player.

Pedophile photosA number of key pedophile characteristics are: unmarried men with few or no friends their age, in homes with child attractants such as a game room set up for children, and collections of toys and videos for kids. Teens who hang out with younger children bear close watching. If you see a combination of these elements, be cognizant of child reactions in their presence. When a child tries to avoid a certain uncle, babysitter or situation, be vigilant and follow their cues. Abused children are usually silenced by their molester with fear and cannot initially disclose the harm they’ve endured. (Photos are convicted pedophiles including: a priest, father, brother, grandfather, teacher, doctor, etc.)

Pedophiles become adept liars concealing their deeds and showing no empathy for the children they harm. Parents must learn to watch for pedophile traits, teach their children safe behavior and to report any incident that makes them fearful or uncomfortable.

Until recently, many child victims were not believed because abusers are often friends or prominent community figures. Families concealed known or suspected abuse. They did not want to bring out scandal by exposing the abuser. But they fail to consider how their inaction causes harm to future victims.

When crimes against children are hidden, the victimized child is abandoned. Even if the molestation stops, without treatment the traumatic effects of abuse may last a lifetime. Abuse or suspected abuse must be reported to child protective services and to the police. Pedophiles cannot stop. They must be prosecuted.

Dr. Kuffel is the author of Eyes of a Pedophile: Detecting Child Predators.
The book is available on a special price reduction for the month of February for $2.99.

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2016 Update

20151214_100642It’s winter in Whitefish. A great time for writing, unless you’re a powder hound. Whitefish ski resort has 108 inches of snow at the top, 10 inches of new powder yesterday. It snowed much of the day today. With such distraction, we have to organize our reading and writing goals to fit in other fun and ski days. When a friend of mine says, “I’ll be at the office today, I know she means her “snow office.”

I’ve been busy writing over the past year, but haven’t kept up with blogging.  My plan this year is to publish blogs on various topics on this site and 2 additional: www.lipsticklogic.com (women’s health, but men are welcome) and www.yourheartbook.com. One goal for 2016 is to edit20151225_102611 (Medium) (2) and publish a number of novels I’ve written over the past 15 years. As they near publication, I’ll provide information for some great sales … free book promotions. I have finished four books in a medical thriller series, with two more in process. An editor requested the first one. I’m finalizing it for submission in a few weeks.

The Authors of the Flathead group is a lively bunch of industrious writers always willing to help others. If you are interested, you can attend meetings, free. If you want to join, it’s only $25/year. We have educational meetings three Thursday evenings each month and occasional fun parties. Thursday, February 4th at 7 p.m., Dennis Foley will be presenting at FVCC Broussard Building room 141. For information, go to the website: www.authorsoftheflathead.org

Our annual Flathead River Writers’ Conference is already shaping up with many confirmed presenters. It is scheduled for October 1 and 2, Saturday and Sunday. Save the date!

Eyes of a Pedophile – Detecting Child Predators will be on sale at the reduced price of $2.99 at both Amazon and Smashwords throughout the month of February.

This true crime book is based on the behavior of sexually violent predator Nathanael EYES COVER ANN RULEBar-Jonah. I used his life of crime to help readers identify predatory behavior and keep kids safer. The information was obtained first-hand from victims, law enforcement, his trial and sentencing, supplemented with Bar-Jonah discussions and letters after his incarceration in Montana Deer Lodge State Prison where he died. This book should be required reading for all parents, grandparents and childcare providers. Sexual abuse of children is common and often goes unreported. Few families are spared. Reading the book may help you save a child.

Smashwords link: Eyes of a Pedophile

Amazon link: Eyes of a Pedophile


In association with the American Heart Association’s National Heart Month, I will announce a free day for you to download my book on heart health. Your Heart includes information on the 5/2 Mediterranean Diet. The easiest way to eat right and improve health for life.

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April Update

  • Update on Writing Projects: Bev and I have made progress on our Minnesota mystery set in 1960. We will soon have comments from beta readers that include a women’s book club on Long Lake near Bemidji, MN …  located not far from the fictitious town of Loon Lake. We are looking forward to critiques from true Minnesotans! Secrets of Loon Lake is the first in a Minnesota mystery series.
  •  We began with the concept of a cozy mystery but the book took a few dark turns and isn’t very cozy. A writing friend of mine says it’s as a cross between Lake Wobegon and Psycho. You’ll have to make your decision.
  • Secrets will be available on Kindle and in paperback from Amazon (and in local bookstores) in mid-May.  In August, we’ll have a number of book signings in Northern MN and will be featured by The Spoken Word at an event on August 23rd at 4 p.m. at Sparkling Waters Restaurant in Bemidji. We hope many of our high school friends and others will join us!snip it cover as JPEG
  • My friend Mike Potter’s long bicycle ride through South America terminated at Cabo San Lucas at the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula. He had a terrific time. Mike returned to MT to spend time with his ill mother who has improved. Following her heart surgery, he’ll be off on another adventure.
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