Yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg offered some pearls of wisdom about his own success, and how he abused his bladder to get it: "Take the fewest vacations and the least time away from the desk to go to the bathroom or have lunch. You gotta be there," he said during his weekly radio address. Urologists aren't on board with his advice though: "That is absolutely not advisable—to not go to the bathroom," Dr. Sven Wenske, an assistant professor of urology at Columbia University Medical Center, told the Journal.
"It would overextend the bladder, it makes people prone to decreasing bladder function, increasing the risk for infections," he explained. "So, this is absolutely not advisable. Whenever there's an urge to urinate—depends on the water intake and food intake, of course—people should not hold that back." David Samadi, chairman of the urology department at Lenox Hill Hospital, agreed with Dr. Wenske's stance: "As a urologist, you always discourage people from keeping their bladder full."
One awed former City Hall official told the Times that Bloomberg is a coffee addict, making his accomplishments even more remarkable: "He drinks more coffee than anybody I’d ever seen," the official said. "He drinks coffee like you and I would drink water if you were running a marathon." The aide added: “It gives you a sense of the discipline.” That aide maybe wouldn't be so awed if they knew that Bloomberg may have very well been juicing the system.
Of course, this could all be an elaborate preamble for Bloomberg to make another stab at a soda ban—restricting beverage sizes would certainly be simpatico with his bathroom philosophy. Or perhaps this is something even more nefarious: maybe Bloomberg's final nanny campaign is an all out assault on anti-sitting propaganda!