Ask Rocco: 09/15

Vaccines: The good, the bad and the ugly

By Rocco Castellano

This has got to be one of the most controversial subjects I’ll write about, except maybe abortion. I may try to tackle that in the future, but for now it’s vaccines. Most of you who read my column know that my wife just had a baby two months ago. Part of what I do is research. To say I read a ton of research a week is a gross understatement. My research consists of stuff for personal knowledge, professional/business knowledge and sometimes just to know something someone else doesn’t. So what I’m saying is, I do research for many things and there really aren’t too many people better at research than me. I love data and using it to make informed decisions. This is where this column began.

In the past I have written about how I believe the healthcare system is failing and that many of the healthcare professionals out there really need to get their shit together. The subject of vaccines is one that needs much more attention than reading a manufacturer’s drug pamphlet. For years I have heard many different people, doctors and parents on both sides of the Autism and vaccines debate, and I largely dismissed the correlation between the two. I do believe any medication that can pass the blood brain barrier may trigger neurological issues in adults and infants. However, my jury is still out on Autism, Asperger’s and the like.

This column is not going to be an anti-vaccine or a pro-vaccine commentary—it is just my take on the research I have done over the past year… and it is extensive.

I have read nearly every pro-vaccine book, website and study (on and the same for the anti-vaccine movement and I have concluded that I don’t have a problem with vaccines in general but I have a very big problem with the system of how they are administered, how much is administered and I have questions of why certain vaccines are given to infants.

Again, I am not anti-vaccine. I received vaccines as a kid and I believe it kept me from getting some very nasty diseases. These are all the vaccines I received or pretty close: Polio, Small Pox, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Whooping cough) DTP combo shot, Measles (separate shot), Mumps (separate shot), Rubella (separate shot) and a couple of TB tests. So, basically six diseases and about that many doses. I’m fine and I was disease-free for the most part through my childhood. Here’s where it’s going to get a little bumpy, so hold on.

Small Pox was eradicated, so the vaccine was pulled off the schedule in 1971. So no more Small Pox vaccines, yippee. I see all these stupid f–king memes on Facebook with some baby from 1950 with Polio, and pro-vaccine people talking about Polio like it’s going to come back and paralyze everyone. Yes, Polio was a very serious virus but it has been eradicated in the United States and pretty much the world. Out of the 7.3 billion people in “The World,” 46 people have contracted Polio: 29 in Pakistan, nine in Madagascar, seven in Afghanistan and one in Nigeria.

Here’s a clue: vaccinate the shit out of everyone in Pakistan, Madagascar, Afghanistan and Nigeria and restrict travel from those countries to the United States for the next five years.

I was born in 1965 and there were two people that were adults that contracted it in the 1940s that I new of, so Polio is not coming back unless we start letting Polio-positive people from Pakistan in this country and they are allowed to French kiss unvaccinated people. I’m pretty sure that’s not going to happen.

One of the vaccines that I believe is absolutely the most ridiculous one is Hep B, which is given in four doses. The average person out there has no idea what Hepatitis B is and that’s your own f–king fault. So for all you dumb 20-30 year olds having kids, unless you contracted Hep B from vaginal or anal intercourse, your newborn baby doesn’t need a Hep B shot just out of the womb. Here are the only ways that you can contract Hepatitis B: Unprotected vaginal and anal sex, living in a house with a person with chronic HBV, sharing personal care items like toothbrushes, nail clippers or razors, mother passing it on to her newborn, sharing needles while doing drugs, getting a tattoo from unsterilized equipment and, last but not least ,from a human bite of someone infected with Hep B.

Now I don’t know about you, but I know, for the record my newborn is not having protected or unprotected vaginal or anal sex because that is f–king disgusting. He is not living with anyone with chronic Hep B, he’s definitely not sharing toothbrushes, nail clippers or razors with anyone with Hep B and I hope to hell he isn’t sharing needles with my dog Niko when they crawl around doing heroin together. Obviously that last one was a joke. I still can’t believe I have to write that.

It just seems to me that this is a very unnecessary vaccine with no real upside except to prevent stupid people from being stupid. If you do any of the aforementioned things like having unprotected sex then you are playing Russian roulette with your health.

But why does my baby need this vaccine?
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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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