Romario Dos Santos Alves came dangerously close to losing both his arms, and his life.
Last month we wrote about a man who injected his penis with silicone until it weighed seven pounds. Now, here's a man whose obsession with enlarging part of his body doesn't prevent him from having normal sex, but it did almost kill him. There's a common theme to both stories: once you start, it's hard to stop.
Romario Dos Santos Alves is a 25-year-old husband and father from Caldas Novas, Brazil. He has dreams of becoming a professional bodybuilder. But he learned the hard way that shortcuts just aren't worth it. And now he wants to convince others.
In 2012, Alves moved to the big city of Goiania. He started hitting the gym, and fell in with some bodybuilders with massive arms. They turned him on to synthol. A mixture of oil, lidocaine, and alcohol, synthol is used by some bodybuilders to artificially increase the size of their muscles without exercise. It's called "fluffing." The effects are immediate, but unfortunately, so are the side effects.