Romario Dos Santos is one of many who have lured in by the promise of bodybuilder injections. Arms can become super-sized within a short time, giving the bodybuilder huge, fake muscles that make them look like Hercules or the Incredible Hulk. But using synthol almost always comes at a huge cost.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, Romario managed to achieve 25-inch biceps, but he quickly found out the side effects of bodybuilder injections. Arms turned to rock and the toxins from the synthol led to impending kidney failure. He even became suicidal when it appeared that he might lose his arms entirely.
"I remember the doctor told me that they would need to amputate both arms – they said everything in there, all my muscles, were rock. I want other people to see the dangers; I could have died all because I wanted bigger muscles. It's just not worth it," Romario said. "I still feel like taking synthol but I won't take it again. If you take it once there will definitely be a second time – it's addictive. I regret it a lot – my ambition is still to become a bodybuilder but I've got a long way to go. I know I will achieve it though."
Brazilian bodybuilder Arlindo de Souza also used bodybuilder injections for his arms in the past, but he says he lost a good friend to the complications caused by injecting the concoction of mineral oil and alcohol into his body.
"Most people who take it do not know how to apply it. They will use just any old blood vessel. Some will end up losing an arm, another needs an operation, some may even lose their lives," he said, according to the Daily Star. "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."
A medical study of synthol injections would agree with that assessment. Even though the bodybuilder injections make arms look like Popeye, this appearance is completely deceiving since such "enhancement oils do not increase muscular strength or performance and are used solely for cosmetic purposes." Some of the major potential side effects include "oil embolism, myocardial infarction, cerebral stroke, ulcers and infections." The worst side effect is the cystic fatty lesions that are created within the muscle that resemble a "Swiss cheese pattern."
All in all, doctors do not recommend synthol at all for anyone desiring to use bodybuilder injections in the arms.
"Although the use of synthol by bodybuilders supplies them with the desired short-term effects, the compound progressively destroys the injected muscle. Users are frequently drawn to synthol as it does not share the side effects of androgenic anabolic steroid hormones. However, our case study demonstrates that, despite these perceived advantages, synthol can also have severe and potential life-threatening consequences for its users."Regardless, Romario Dos Santos is still tempted by the lure of easy, fake muscles. But he knows this is dangerous and his goal now is to stay clean and to enjoy his life with his wife and child.
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