A bodybuilder whose injections of the synthetic oil called synthol turned the muscles in his arms to stone has not only made the headlines, but he has brought attention to the abuse of these injections among bodybuilders. The Brazilian bodybuilder was addicted to bulking up his arms to the point that he couldn’t stop even after the muscles in his arms were solidified and he was booked for surgery to have both arms amputated, according to News Oxy on May 5.
So what is synthol and why are so many bodybuilders addicted to bulking up their muscles using synthol? While some use the synthol periodically before competitions, others are so involved that its become a potentially life-threatening daily ritual. Romario Dos Santos Alves not only faced a double arm amputation after his arm muscles solidified into a rock-like substance, but he came close to kidney failure due to the toxins in the synthetic drug.
According to USA Today Sports, Alves was told by the doctors, “Your muscles are all rock, your muscles are all destroyed. You have necrosis in your arm so the only way is to amputate.” This was all due to the substance synthol that is widely used in bodybuilding around the world.
Synthol is a “site enhancement oil (SEO) which is meant to create the illusion of developed muscles. The breakdown of Synthol is 85% oil, 7.5% lidocaine and 7.5% alcohol. The lidocaine is added to ease the pain of these injections and the alcohol is to sterilize the mixture. It is the oil that solidifies the muscles, turning them to stone.
According to Bodybuilding.com, Synthol is a legal substance sold as “posing oil” for $400 a bottle. It is because it is sold as an oil to rub on the outside of the body to give that glimmering look seen on bodybuilders in competitions that it is perfectly legal to sell and buy. It is the bodybuilders themselves that choose to inject this oil concoction into their muscles to bulk-up.
Romario Dos Santos Alves’ horrific case is not rare, as bulking up the muscles abusing this drug is running rampant among body builders. Some use the injection before bodybuilding competitions to tighten up an area of “weakness,” which is a technique called “fluffing.”
According to Nattyornot.com, 95% of professional bodybuilders use synthol before competitions to pump up any sags or weak areas. Then you have the bodybuilders that get addicted to bulking up using the synthol and as News Oxy suggests these are the bodybuilders that “suddenly balloon to ridiculous proportions.” Alves’ told the media that kids were afraid of the way he looked.
Alves had an obsession with bulking up like the “Hulk” and despite the doctors telling him that he had turned his muscles to a “rock-like” consistency and the cells in his arms have died, he didn’t stop. When he was told that he was literally decomposing from the inside out, he kept using synthol. Because his arms became so thick, regular needles wouldn’t work for the injections so he used specialized needles that vet use on bulls to inject synthol.
It was when he was scheduled for arm amputations that finally woke him up. He went to the hospital to check in for the scheduled amputations when doctor did another CAT-scan and decided to remove the dead muscles, which he referred to as “synthol” rocks in his arms.
The addiction to bulk-up was so prevalent to Alves that he recently purchased the horse hormone “estigor” and was ready to shoot this into his chest. He came to his senses and didn’t do this, but as a bodybuilder his addiction to bulk-up is still there.