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.
‘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.’