You may remember when the Brazilian Romario Dos Santos Alves injected his muscles with synthol in hopes of achieving the body of “The Incredible Hulk,” and it nearly cost him his arms. It would appear that this “bodybuilder” decided to cut the same corner, but with a very special emphasis on the pectorals this time.  


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Let’s backtrack to Romario’s case. His health deteriorated to such a great extent that doctors feared that drastic measures would be needed to save his life. The synthol Romario had injected into his body literally turned his arm muscles into rocks—he was told by doctors that a double amputation was a real possibility. Fortunately, the doctors were able to just remove some of the “rocks.” 

Synthol is a Site Enhancement Oil (SEO) which consists of oil, alcohol, and lidocaine, and is meant to provide the illusion of a well-developed muscle. But as demonstrated by Romario, and the man pictured above in the recent Instagram post by Generation Iron, the chemical can be abused and may result in serious health consequences.

“I don’t consider this bodybuilding,” says M&F Editor in Chief Shawn Perine. “It’s a mental disorder, and a dangerous one at that. The health risks include blood clots, nerve damage, and infection, not to mention permanent atrophy of the muscles being injected. I hope someone in his inner circle encourages him and all others who choose to inject themselves with oil in this way to seek counseling.”

Say no to drugs, folks.

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