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Man Of Muscles Grow Fake Biceps

Bodybuilders in Brazil are risking death by injecting themselves with a potentially lethal cocktail of oil and alcohol to pump up their muscles.

Arlindo de Souza has grown 29in biceps - the biggest in Brazil - after injecting the filler into his body, where it causes appearance of swollen muscles.

But even he admits it can cause dangerous infections. Some users have had their arms amputated. Others have died.

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Popeye: Bodybuilder Arlindo de Souza, 43, shows off his bulging biceps outside his home in Olinda, Brazil 18

Popeye: Bodybuilder Arlindo de Souza, 43, shows off his bulging biceps outside his home in Olinda, Brazil

Pose: Mr de Souza has grown 29in biceps - the biggest in Brazil - after injecting them with oil and alcohol 18

Pose: Mr de Souza has grown 29in biceps - the biggest in Brazil - after injecting them with oil and alcohol

Risky: It can cause dangerous infections. Some users have had their arms amputated. Others have died 18

Risky: It can cause dangerous infections. Some users have had their arms amputated. Others have died

Mr de Souza is nicknamed 'The Mountain' in his hometown of Olinda, on the coast of Brazil's Pernambuco state 18 He had already been taking a cocktail of steroids, hormones and horse vitamins to bulk up before he began using the oil 18

Mr de Souza is nicknamed 'The Mountain' in his hometown of Olinda, on the coast of Brazil's Pernambuco state

'My friend Paulinho, he passed away from doing these things,' said Mr de Souza. '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.'

 

Gym addict: Mr de Souza had already been taking a cocktail of steroids, hormones and vitamins to bulk up 18

Gym addict: Mr de Souza had already been taking a cocktail of steroids, hormones and vitamins to bulk up

Temptation: A friend at the gym offered him the 'site enhancement' oil to help him pull ahead of his rivals 18

Temptation: A friend at the gym offered him the 'site enhancement' oil to help him pull ahead of his rivals

'I loaded the syringe, put it in my arm, injected it and it swelled me up right there and then,' said Mr de Souza 18

'I loaded the syringe, put it in my arm, injected it and it swelled me up right there and then,' said Mr de Souza

Makeshift: Mr de Souza lifts a home-made barbell in the shade outside his home 18

Makeshift: Mr de Souza lifts a home-made barbell in the shade outside his home

Mr de Souza having his muscles measured by his nephew Washington, they are 29in in circumference 18

Mr de Souza having his muscles measured by his nephew Washington, they are 29in in circumference

Treino biceps: A picture of Mr de Souza alongside two of his idol, Arnold Schwarzenegger, on his mantelpiece 18

Treino biceps: A picture of Mr de Souza alongside two of his idol, Arnold Schwarzenegger, on his mantelpiece

'The guy gave it to me. He said, "Take this, it will make you grow in days",' said Mr de Souza, who is single and lives with his elderly mother, Josefa Gomes de Souza, in Olinda on the coast of Brazil's Pernambuco state.

'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 loosing an arm, another needs an operation, some may even lose their lives.'

Talk of the town: Mr de Souza shows off his muscles and poses with a passer-by at the beach in Olinda 18

Talk of the town: Mr de Souza shows off his muscles and poses with a passer-by at the beach in Olinda

Incredible: The muscleman flexes his biceps for he benefit of the cameras 18

Incredible: The muscleman flexes his biceps for he benefit of the cameras

No contest: A comparison of Mr de Souza's biceps muscle with those of a young passer-by 18

No contest: A comparison of Mr de Souza's biceps muscle with those of a young passer-by

'The women around here and in other places admire him,' said Mr de Souza's brother Adriano, 56 18

'The women around here and in other places admire him,' said Mr de Souza's brother Adriano, 56

Injecting site enhancement oils carry the risk of infection and of abscesses developing in the muscle. These abbesses can grow and spread within the tissue.

Some users, when operated on, have been found to have arms full of pus and oil.

Mr de Souza has fears for his own health and has visited a clinic for help. But medics have so far refused to operate because 'he did it to himself'.

Mr de Souza said: 'If I get ill, if my arms burst, that's when I can go and see the doctor. But for me that's normal and something I've accepted.'

Since he began injecting two years ago, he has become the talk of the town, to the horror of his family.

His sister Marineide Gomes de Souza said the family were 'extremely worried' about him but still hoped he would settle down and have a family.

'He is a good person, not a bad person. He is really friendly and does lots of favours for people,' she said.

'But there are some people who make fun of him. There are some people who find it interesting. And there are some people who think he is from another planet.'

But his brother Adriano Josi Jordco de Souza, 56, said the beefcake look is not without its advantages, especially so in its appeal to women.

'The women around here and in other places admire him. They think he looks nice,' he said.

Younger days: A photo of Mr de Souza, aged 21, showing his biceps at a swimming pool in Olinda, Brazil, in 1993 18

Younger days: A photo of Mr de Souza, aged 21, showing his biceps at a swimming pool in Olinda, Brazil, in 1993

Body conscious: Mr de Souza strikes another pose at the pool, in the days before he used site enhancement oil 18

Body conscious: Mr de Souza strikes another pose at the pool, in the days before he used site enhancement oil

Mr de Souza with friends in '93:  He is still single and living with his elderly mother, Josefa Gomes de Souza 18

Mr de Souza with friends in '93: He is still single and living with his elderly mother, Josefa Gomes de Souza

The oil concoction Mr de Souza 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.

'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,' he said.

'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.'