Arlindo DeSouza – The Abominable Synthol Man from Brazil


First let me start by saying this dude is a human being and whilst I feel he needed a hard slap from a good friend, I do feel sorry for him. Finding comedy in the ill-health of another is not what I’m about but I must be clear on the fact that I think Mr DeSouza is a silly, silly man.

Ok, so what is Synthol?

Auctua Pro 100ml“Synthol is an intermuscular fatty acid that bodybuilders are now using to give increased size in small muscle groups. Gains of 1 inch in muscles like the calves, biceps, and shoulders are not unheard of. Synthol is actually a synthetic oil that is injected right in to the muscles you want to enhance in size. The way that this product works is that it becomes encapsulated between the fasicles (bundles of muscle fibers). Upon repeated injections, a huge bolus of the oil accumulates, adding volume to the injected muscle. About 30% of the amount injected will be broken down by your enzyme system and is metabolized like a normal fat because of its unique chemical structure. It will not be stored as bodyfat but will be burned very fast as fuel. The remainder of about 70% of Synthol will be encapsulated between your muscle fibers and is broken down very slowly over the course of 3 to 5 years.” (a)

See Arlindo is action!

article-0-1C2A3E8200000578-879_634x670Arlindo; Also know as ‘The Mountain’ admits it can cause dangerous infections. “Some users have had their arms amputated. Others have died.”
Hmmm… Knowingly using this compound despite the risks, for this result, has earned him a new alias among UK bodybuilding forums alike. ‘DICKHEAD!’ To name but one.
I have to be brutally honest here. Yes, article-2577998-1C2A3F1A00000578-396_634x669we see dudes all over the world training, getting hench, making serious gains and sculpting their bodies like gods. What confuses me, as-well-as many others is… If Synthol provides these grotesque results with a risk, not just of temporary damage, but DEATH! Why in the name of Ron Burgundy would a person do this!!!
It’s not like walking a tightrope between the gap of the twin towers… That was bloody awesome.
MAN ON A WIRE Check that shiiiish kebab out!
Synthol, in my eyes is just strait up f**king dumb!

article-2577998-1C2A3E8E00000578-762_634x485Like all stories, things never started like this. You can see here, Arlindo at the ripe age of 21 before the use of Synthol & I wonder why? Why did he choose this ‘larger than life’ path. This brother had some good guns! I guess like everything, the media played its role in blowing up the industry with muscle mania since the arrival of the infamous actor who blessed us with ‘The Terminator and Conan’ and many others alike. Yes, this doesn’t excuse the idiocy that compelled him to take this shortcut knowing the risks but nether-the-less, it played its part and I wanted to highlight it.

What now? Is Arlindo DeSouza still on the scene flexing his… deformities. Fortunately not but unfortunately it has all seemed to catch up on him. Poor bastard. Devin Ormonde puts the results of this abuse into great context by saying “If you cracked open a hotdog.. this is what this guys arm looked like”. He hit the nail on the head with this one! If you’re a little squeamish I would recommend skipping this video. Actually… no! Watch it. You need to see this. Grow some balls! Injecting them with Synthol doesn’t count. (b)

Results of Synthol abuse?

article-2577998-1C2A3EBA00000578-381_634x485The scary point to note in this mind-boggling story is that young men in Brazil are joining in with this craze, if one can call it that. Young people are injecting this oil into their body with a hope of becoming the next big Synthol tragedy. article-2577998-1C2A3E8A00000578-720_306x428I’m really at the end of my thought process on a route to take in order to tackle this. The only good idea I can think of is a very hard slap to the face, with a wooden chair or something similar like tree!
KIDS! Don’t do this.. Yes becoming bigger, better, faster and stronger is a good thing but risking your life and your long-term health for a fad like this in the hope of attaining some sort of acclaim is utter madness. The Guinness world record will be around forever…? You won’t! Why cut your life short for this! I just don’t get it.

So there we go kiddies… “Don’t do drugs MmmKaaay”
I really enjoyed writing this post. If you found any of this interesting or just plain disturbing please leave a comment & let’s get discussing. 

References: – (a) – (b) Devin Ormonde

Photography: – Maria Andrade

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