Kelly Preston: Jett Had Autism

Kelly Preston opens up about the health conditions that led to her 16-year-old son’s death on the November 21 episode of The Doctors.

Kelly and John Travolta‘s son Jett died in 2009 after suffering a seizure and hitting his head in a bathtub at the family’s vacation home in the Bahamas. Kelly says that Jett had autism, and she attributes a series of contributing factors that led to his diagnosis.

“[Jett] was autistic. He had seizures and when he was very young, he had Kawasaki Syndrome,” Kelly shares.

“I strongly believe as a mother, as does my husband, that there are certain contributing factors that lead to autism and some of it is very much the chemicals in our environment and in our food,” she adds.

Kelly goes on to say there are a number of things responsible for Jett’s autism, specifically Kawasaki Syndrome – which typically affects children between 2 to 5 and can cause inflammation of the arteries.

She alsto attributes her “fast and hard” labor and the use of antibiotics while breastfeeding, which gave Jett thrush, an infection of Candida yeast which some studies have linked to the symptoms of autism.

The episode goes on to show a behind-the-scenes look at Alternative Laboratories to showcase how organic products are made. The actress, 50, hopes to empower parents to move toward an organic lifestyle and to use less chemicals.

Since Jett’s passing, the Travoltas – who are also parents to daughter Ella, 12 – have welcomed another son, Benjamin, now 2.

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  • Anonymous

    I cannot imagine what it must be like to lose a child. How utterly devastating for them.

    (And to have people constantly questioning their child’s medical conditions and what they may or may not have been doing for him is simply unconscionable.)

  • Mary

    I am happy she is being very pro active at trying to find causes for this disease. I was horrified when Jett passed, being fans of both Kelly and John, it was heartbreaking. They are extremely strong people and wish them and their children all the best.

  • nosoupforyou

    John stated Jett was on no medication for seizures. Unbelievable. They still think that yeast could cause autism. That is Scientology for you.

    • Anonymous

      That’s people seeking alternative treatments. Millions do, and it’s none of your business.

      • Anonymous

        She’s making it the world’s business by doing this interview. And it’s people like this and Jenny McCarthy who provide misinformation with no scientific base that lead others to follow and stop using medication and immunizations that their children actually need.

        • KTGrace

          This woman believes that chemicals in “food” and cleaning products could be hurting children. Nothing she is talking about is ever going to HURT a child (unlike Jenny McCarthy).

          She is entitled to believe what she wants and to treat her child’s condition the way she sees fit. And maybe pumping him full of anti-seizure medications was actually MORE harmful than the seizures he was experiencing when he got older.

          The point: You just don’t know.l

          • Anonymous

            Well, he died from hitting his head after HAVING a seizure so I’m guessing he would have been better off taking the medication.

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