Most recently, TLC has been airing the documentary titled “The Man Whose Arms Exploded”. They have aired it several times in the past. It is a documentary which focuses on steroid abuse and focuses primarily on Gregg Valentino, a bodybuilder whose claim to fame is having the largest arms in the world. The highlight of Gregg’s story is that he didn’t take the proper precautions to prevent infections when injecting steroids into his body. He ultimately came down with an infection in his right bicep and tried to drain his arm using the same needles he already used for injecting steroids.
After his failed attempt (which is all shown in the documentary) he ends up in the emergency room. His arm was saved but is now smaller in size in his bicep. Steroid abuse has been talked about for a long time but what is even scarier is the use of synthol (also SEO: Site Enhancement Oil.) This oil is injected right into the muscle to give the appearance of being larger than it really is. If you’ve ever seen someone who has abused synthol, their muscles appear very puffy and balloon like. SEO is not a steroid but does its own damage if injected into a major blood vessel. It could cause heart strokes and brain damage.
Gregg Valentino is a prime example of someone who has taken their appearance too far. There is nothing wrong with wanting to look your best unless it begins to damage your health. Many people who take their physical appearance to the extreme suffer from body dysmorphic disorder.