Bathroom Medicine Cabinets And Your Child’s Safety

As there are a number of different types and styles in bathroom medicine cabinets, there are also a number of important factors to think about when you are preparing to purchase one. When you keep these ideas in mind, you can select the cabinet that is just perfect for your bathroom.

Children’s Safety

The number-one priority in choosing a cabinet are the specific needs of your family. If you have young children in your home, or frequent guests who have them, it is absolutely essential to have a cabinet with the main focus on its safety, so little children will not be at risk of becoming seriously ill or worse from ingesting items which are in your medicine cabinet.

There are many products that can pose life-threatening danger to a child; so even those which are harmless to adults should not be accessible to children. Even prescription and over-the-counter medicine bottles that have specially-designed childproof or child-resistant caps are not a guarantee that a child will not be able to open them. If children use your bathroom, it is best to select a medicine cabinet that has a lock– and to keep it locked when you or another adult are not using it.

Your Choices

After you have made a decision based on the safety factor, you have a variety of options to consider in the type and style cabinet that you would like to have. First, you may prefer a wall-mounted cabinet, or you may want one that is directly installed over your sink. Although this is up to personal preference, many people choose the latter because they contain the additional feature of a mirror, which can be quite convenient.

Bathroom medicine cabinets are available in a variety of materials, also. You can choose which best reflects your own personal taste, or you can select one which you feel will look the nicest in your bathroom. Whether you like metal, plastic, wicker, or a variety of wood-tones, you can find a nice assortment of all of these materials.

Color Coordination

In addition, if you prefer plastic, you can choose amongst the wide selection of colors for the one that will highlight the color themes of your room. If you have an even more unique sense of style, there are also cabinets available that are covered with material, making it even easier to coordinate your cabinet to your bathroom; some even have padded material, which will give your room a most luxurious appearance.

Choosing the right cabinet should also take into consideration the size and lay-out of your bathroom. Although most cabinets that you will find are in a standard size, you can also find one that is smaller or larger, if your specific needs are for a different size. For example, if you have a very small bathroom, you probably do not want a cabinet that will overwhelm the room with its size and take up too much space; it is not difficult to find one that will be the perfect fit for your room.

Whatever your needs and tastes consist of, you can have the bathroom medicine cabinet that is perfect for you.

Willis Kilmer And The Spurious World Of Herbal Medicine

Tucked away in Vestal, a small town on the southern fringes of New York, is a small pet cemetery known as Whispering Pines. This is the final resting place of ‘The Exterminator’, one of the greatest racehorses in the annals of American horse racing. When he died in 1943, it is said of ‘Old Bones’, as he was fondly known, that “no other horse to date was enjoyed with more genuine affection by the fans of racing.”

Which is more than can be said of the man who owned and trained him, Willis Kilmer. When the multi-millionaire businessman died at the age of 71 in 1940, an aunt overheard a news reporter lamenting his lost opportunity of meeting the tycoon. The elderly relative disabused the journalist of his sentimental notions, remarking sharply that her nephew “was not a nice person”.

In his spats and a fedora, Willis Sharp Kilmer epitomised the classic early twentieth century business tycoon, portrayed so brilliantly on the big screen by James Cagney. For men like him, money and power were close family to be flaunted; ethics was a distant cousin you humoured. Establishment families such as the Vanderbilts were part of your social circle.

Willis ‘collected’ houses and horse studs from New York to Vermont, commuting between them in a chauffeur-driven car or his own private yacht. Like all self-made men, he also wanted to be remembered. Today residents in his home town of Binghampton, New York can hardly forget him as they play golf at the club he created. The local hospital pathology laboratory bears his name.

For Willis, the path to riches was as calculated as it was meteoric. Like his equine asset, Willis ruthlessly crushed all opposition. And he started with his own family. Just a few years after joining the family firm as head of sales and marketing, he ousted his uncle Andral as head of the company in a hostile takeover. Hardly the way to thank the man who has given you your big break after leaving Cornell University. And a shabby way to treat someone who has created one of the most successful ranges of proprietary herbal medicines on sale in America. But Willis was never the humble employee, in awe of his uncle’s achievements. Nor was he a botanist like his benefactor. He was, however, a consummate salesman with a big personality, who wasted no time in implementing the new marketing ideas he had learned at college.

Willis was astute. He was one of the first to embrace the concept of a brand and he did so relentlessly. He ensured that his uncle’s profile appeared on the label of every medicine bottle the company sold; there wasn’t a leaflet, sign or poster that didn’t bear his image. Willis made the Kilmer brand unmistakable by giving it bright orange packaging. A customer in a drugstore seeking a bottle of the company’s most famous product, Swamp Root, merely had to look for the familiar kidney-shaped bottle. He utilised what was there and improved on it. The humble almanac became something more than a useful guide to moon cycles and planting times. Under Willis’ direction, Kilmer products featured on every page, with a guide to the ailments they could cure.

Willis was also bold. He took the traditional model of advertising locally and developed it nationally. To achieve this widespread coverage, he needed the right ‘vehicle.’ Providentially, his father-in-law was one of the sharpest brains in the newly emerging industry of newspaper advertising. Here was a powerful, well-connected man, running a business that could reach large numbers of people very quickly. Willis used the family connection shamelessly.

Soon the Kilmer brand featured in print across the country. He wasn’t shy about using company money in the process. But it all paid off. Rapidly expanding sales meant that within two years his uncle’s modest dispensary had moved to gleaming new premises spread over five floors. The range of products had expanded to 18, with production met by a bottling facility boasting an output of 2,000 bottles an hour, and sales had extended to Europe and Australia.