Nov 5
Healthy Choices
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Recently I heard that getting up during the night to urinate significantly reduces the risk of bladder cancer. This is great news for me, because I often rise in the wee hours (pun intended) and stagger off to the bathroom. But wait a minute, isn’t a good night’s sleep meant to be healthy too? So which should I choose: sleep through the night and die of bladder cancer, or wee every two hours and increase my risk of hypertension and cardiovascular disease through lack of restful slumber?

We are bombarbed on almost a daily basis with new and conflicting medical advice. Sunshine is a great mood lifter and is required for the body to produce vitamin D. But don’t stay out too long or you’ll get melanoma and die. Have a glass of wine with dinner, it’s great for your heart. Have a second glass and before you know it you’ll be queueing up for a liver transplant. 

What’s ridiculous is that the supposed benefits of things like weeing at 3 AM are more than cancelled out by the many life-threatening activities we undertake in our daily lives. Things like crossing the street, smoking cigarettes, BASE jumping, or watching commercial television. This is why I refuse to go SCUBA diving or skydiving. I just know I’d fuck up somehow and kill myself. So anyway, maybe when it comes to midnight urination I’ll have an each way bet and wee every second night.

2 Responses

  1. kaz Says:

    heheh… my two-way bet could be to alternate my nights between killing gary and not killing gary.

    a conundrum!

    hmmmmm.

  2. snubian Says:

    We feel your pain Kaz! Hence, the new post on Solar.