Bodybuilder, Dean Wharmby, had a physique that was admirable to many. He was big and he was bulging, and that was exactly what he was looking for. Unfortunately, to get there, he took incredible risks with his health that ultimately lead to his death.
Wharmby was obsessed with getting bigger. To make it happen, he ate a diet that consisted of 10,000 calories a day, many of which came from unhealthy sources like burgers, pizza and bacon sandwiches, and drank 7-8 cans of energy drinks a day. This not only helped him get big, but provided him with the energy he needed to train up to seven clients a day, back to back. When he first started, Dean admits to using steroids to help him build his physique, a practice that he says was not uncommon. By 2010, Wharmby was trying to quit the drugs, but the damage was already done. Tumours were found in his liver. While offered chemo and a liver transplant, Wharmby chose to go in the direction of natural medicine and reiki. At first it worked. He cut out all acidic foods and the tumour disappeared. But he became complacent and in 2013, collapsed outside the gym where he was working as a trainer. Again, things got better for about a year before the tumour returned and was this time too large to operate on. Unfortunately, doctors were left with little they could do. Wharmby passed away in July 2015.
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Coroner, Lisa Hashmi, said that she believes steroid use was the "direct cause" of Wharmby's death and believes he can serve as an example to those who are currently abusing the drug. "I find on the balance of probabilities that in such a fit, health-conscious young man the most probable cause of his liver tumours was the misuse of anabolic steroids," she said. "I would urge all those using and abusing such drugs to reconsider their position and ask whether it is really worth it given the life-threatening risks."
At the end of the day, it is hard to say what exactly caused the unfortunate death of this 39-year-old bodybuilder and trainer. Was it the energy drinks? Was it his poor diet? Was it the steroids? Or all three? One thing is certain though, if you want to build muscle and bulk, it is so important to do it as naturally as possible. It will take more time and you will have to work harder to target certain muscles, but it is definitely better than the alternative! Not only will your health be better, your sense of accomplishment from actually reaching your goal will be much greater.
What is the point in bulking up if you aren't around to compete, train and show off your efforts? Whatever your fitness goals are, please be safe. Injecting your body with steroids is not safe. If you are in a community where such practices are rampant, be the exception. Set yourself apart and prove that with a little determination, anything is possible. Use this heartbreaking story to remind yourself that it just isn't worth the risks!
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Source Daily Mail
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