Ask Rocco: 09/22

Combo shots: don’t stick me with that

By Rocco Castellano

Last week I gave you some of the most ridiculous vaccines that should never make their way into a newborn baby’s body but Measles, Mumps and Rubella or MMR vaccine is one of those that I’m on the fence about. Very few kids or adults get Measles anymore but it is still a very nasty bug that can kill you. About 145,000 people get ill around the world each year. That still sucks. We don’t see it here now, I know, because of the vaccination.

Now, here’s a note about the link between the vaccine and autism: there was a bunch of crazy publicity over the link between Autism and MMR in 1998 because Andrew Wakefield published a paper in The Lancet making the correlation. It was discredited and Wakefield was stripped of his credentials and The Lancet admitted they never should have published the paper.

Again, from everything I have seen I don’t believe there is a link specifically to autism, but I do believe that no adult, let alone a 1-year-old child will ever get three diseases in a row. So, to administer three live viruses into a small body with such an incomplete immune system is ludicrous. If someone, anyone, can show me proof that this is somehow logical I’m willing to listen but I don’t believe it is necessary.

When I was a kid we were administered all three of these very powerful vaccines separately with no side effects. That’s how I believe they should still be administered. In Japan, the MMR vaccination has been discontinued, with single vaccines being used for each disease. The technology is out there. Until it comes to the U.S.

The DTaP/Tdap is another one of those combination vaccines that seems absolutely idiotic. I say idiotic because the “D” stands for Diphtheria, which is extremely rare in the U.S. For those of you that don’t know what Diphtheria is, it is basically a sore throat on steroids that produces a toxic film on nasal and throat passages. Yes, it sucks but it is totally treatable if you get it, especially here in the United States … in Africa, not so much.

Now here is the really idiotic part, the “T” stands for Tetanus. Tetanus is a disease that can only be contracted if you have been stabbed with a rusty nail, infected metal or the like… and the wound needs to be pretty deep. Now let’s just say you’re a crazy f–king lunatic that goes around stabbing your baby with a rusty nail, because I know someone is going to mention, “it could happen.”

OK, it could happen, I just don’t think that there’s that large a population of crazy f–king lunatics out there that warrants a vaccination against tetanus, because if your baby or child gets stabbed with a rusty nail… they have something called a “Tetanus Shot” to prevent them from getting lockjaw or paralysis.

So now last but not least, the big “P.” This is no joke. Pertussis is a very contagious and very serious disease of the respiratory system, especially in infants. It’s also known as Whooping Cough. Kids that get it suffer and it’s heartbreaking.

I believe there should be a vaccination against this for infants because it is the most dangerous if contracted. The issue I have is that Pertussis should have its own vaccine separate from Diphtheria and Tetanus. All three of these make a very volatile combination in my opinion. The old vaccine was found to have severe complications and was eventually taken off the market. I’m not sure I believe the drug companies enough to risk my child’s safety as one in 1,000 infants get encephalitis, which is a swelling of the brain. About one in 14,000 will have a seizure due to the swelling of the brain and one in 16,000 will get a very high fever of 105 degrees, which is quite dangerous in itself.

Now if that wasn’t enough, all of the DTaP vaccines have Aluminum, Formaldehyde and Polysorbate 80. In small amounts these chemicals are usually harmless except that formaldehyde is a known carcinogen, but why gripe about cancer causing chemicals in your baby’s shot? Water is treated with chlorine and won’t necessary kill you (long term we’re still waiting for the data) but in large amounts it will absolutely kill you. Now pro-vaccine people say that this amount is harmless and I tend to agree with them… except at two months of age, and again at four months, you are not getting one dose of 375 micrograms of aluminum, 100 micrograms of formaldehyde you are getting six doses in a variety of amounts all totaling a little more 1200 mcgs. The FDA states on their website that the acceptable daily amount of aluminum is 50 mcg for adults and 20 mcgs for children. Sorry, 1200 mcgs is not acceptable and any doctor that even thinks it is, needs to read the Hippocratic Oath again. This is too much vaccine and too much aluminum, especially for a non-breast fed baby with a very low immune system. Although these vaccines are supposed to build their immune system, most of the time infants don’t have the tools just yet to process this much toxicity—like a strong digestive system and liver. That’s so many children are developing food allergies, inflammation problems and developmental disorders. It’s not necessarily the vaccines that are causing the problem, it’s the little bodies that can’t handle the one-size-fits-all system of administration.

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Rocco Castellano is the author of “askROCCO Uncensored v1,” a speaker and a controversial fitness personality who has won an Emmy for his fitness training role in MTV’s Made. For more information, please visit

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Rocco Castellano is the author of “askROCCO Uncensored v1,” a speaker and a controversial fitness personality who has won an Emmy for his fitness training role in MTV’s Made. For more information, please visit

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