This is the man with the biggest muscles in Brazil after boasting 29 inch BICEPS. But Arlindo de Souza’s monster guns could come at the ultimate cost after injecting himself with a lethal concoction. The 43-year-old’s colossal 29 INCH biceps are the result of pumping OIL and ALCOHOL into his arms.
The filler is absorbed into the body to give the appearance of muscle. But it can cause horrific infections and some heavy users have had their arms amputated – and some even died. “You inject it and it swells you up without having to work out,” said Arlindo, who has lost his close friend, Paulinho, to the craze. “Each time I took it I wanted more and more. For me there wasn’t a limit.” Arlindo, known as ‘The Mountain’ in his hometown of Olinda, injected three times a week for just two months to achieve his supersized look.
The muscle man had already been taking a cocktail of steroids, hormones and horse vitamins to bulk up when a gym buddy offered him a ‘site enhancement oil’ to help pull ahead of his rivals.
“The guy gave it to me. He said, ‘take this, it will make you grow in days’,” said Arlindo, who is single and lives with his elderly mother, Josefa Gomes de Souza. “I loaded the syringe, put it in my arm, injected it and it swelled me up right there and then.
“To tell you the truth, I didn’t feel a thing. There was sometimes a bit of dizziness but nothing apart from that. “I was working out the same so my strength stayed the same – nothing changed. “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. “My friend Paulinho, he passed away from doing these things. 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.” The oil concoction Arlindo injected is believed to contain mostly mineral oil, which is similar to baby oil but unscented, and smaller amounts of alcohol and anaesthetic.
Worryingly, he has said it can easily be bought online or under-the-counter at rogue pharmacies. And, though he has stopped using and warns others to stay away from it, he says it is continuing to sweep across body-conscious Brazil and South America. He added: “To get a body like mine, it is 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.
“It stopped for a bit because it was becoming too visible. But they are still using it, only they are using it undercover.”