Arlindo de Souza, the man with the biggest arm in Brazil has grown 29-inch biceps by injecting himself with a potentially lethal cocktail of oil and alcohol to pump up his muscles.
You might find this shocking but believe it or not it is a trend in Brazil wherein bodybuilders are risking their lives just to achieve a monstrous body, in fact some users have had their arms amputated, others have died.
43-year-old “Arnold Schwarzenegger fan” Arlindo was once a handsome man with his ‘natural’ muscles (as we can see in his old photos), but he became so obsessed with body building that he took steroids, hormones and horse vitamins to bulk up. And then, two years ago, a gym buddy offered him a ‘site enhancement oil’ to help pull ahead of his rivals. “He said, “Take this, it will make you grow in days.”
“I loaded the syringe, put it in my arm, injected it and it swelled me up right there and then.” He said.
“To tell you the truth, I didn’t feel a thing. There was sometimes a bit of dizziness but nothing apart from that.” aside from it, his strength remained the same because he was working out.
Since he began injecting two years ago, he has become the talk of the town because of the odd size of his arms, Arlindo has been nicknamed ‘The Mountain’ in his hometown, where he lives with his elderly mother.
His family was horrified and they were’extremely worried’ about him but they still hoped that he would settle down and have a family.
“He is a good person, not a bad person,” said Marineide, his sister. “He is really friendly and does a lot of favors for people. But there are some people who make fun of him. There are some people who find it interesting. And there are some people who think he is from another planet.”
However Arlindo’s brother Adriano Josi Jordco de Souza believes that the beefcake look has its advantages. “The women around here and in other places admire him. They think he looks nice.”
The stuff that Arlindo injected in his arms was mostly mineral oil, similar to unscented baby oil. It also contained small amounts of alcohol and anesthetic which carry the risk of infection and of abscesses developing in the muscle. These abbesses can grow and spread within the tissue. According to him, the said enhancements can easily be purchased online or under-the-counter at certain pharmacies.
“Most people who take it do not know how to apply it.” said Arlindo.They will use just any old blood vessel. Some will end up loosing an arm, another needs an operation, some may even lose their lives.”
Knowing the risk Arlindo has stop using the injections, a friend’s death made him realize how dangerous those fillers are. “My friend Paulinho, he passed away from doing these things,” he said. “I felt his death a lot. He took it, I took it, but he went beyond the limit. I advise no-one to take this oil. I’ve stopped taking it, and other things as well, but there is always that will to start again. But I’m managing to control myself, to this day.” he said.
Fearing for his own health he visited a clinic for help. But the doctors refused to operate him because ‘he did it to himself’. “If I get ill, if my arms burst, that’s when I can go and see the doctor. But for me that’s normal and something I’ve accepted.” Mr de Souza said
Although he has stopped using it, and warned others to stay away from it, he said that the trend is very much present all over Brazil and South America. “To get a body like mine, it’s very difficult if you are not taking anything. Some people take it but won’t admit it, Have you ever seen a guy as big as me claiming it is natural? He is lying, I tell you. At least I tell the truth.” Arlindo said.
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