Meet bodybuilder Romario Dos Santos — who’s likely to explode if you stick a pin in him.
The Brazilian-born Dos Santos injected his body with site enhancement oil, commonly referred to as synthol — not because he wanted to win Mr. Olympia — but because he wanted to look like the Incredible Hulk.
Dos Santos now tells a story of almost losing his arms.
, injecting yourself with synthol leads to huge problems like pulmonary embolisms, nerve damage and, in Romarios’s case, oil-filled pockets that cause your muscles to turn into rock.
I remember the doctor told me that they would need to amputate both arms – they said everything in there, all my muscles, were rock.’
Doctors were able to salvage the limbs after cutting out the muscle. Dos Santos is synthol free two years later, but still feels like taking it again.
‘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.’