Kelly Preston Speaks Out On Jett's Death

Kelly Preston has only spoken publicly about the tragic death of her son Jett Travolta a few times — but now the mom and actress is talking about her autism experience in the hopes of helping other kids.

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Kelly Preston is opening up about the tragic death of her son Jett for the first time in a bid to help other parents avoid the same fate. The actress (and wife of John Travolta) said she believes her son's health issues were caused by environmental factors, and that eliminating them could have helped him.

"Jett was autistic," Preston says on an upcoming episode of The Doctors. "He had seizures when he was very young; he had Kawasaki syndrome. 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."

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Preston also pointed to her "hard and fast" labor and use of antibiotics while breastfeeding, which caused Jett to contract a case of thrush, as possible causes. The yeast infection has been tied to autism by some researchers, although a direct causation has not been proven.

Now parents to baby Benjamin (in addition to daughter Ella), the couple try to eliminate any environmental factors that could cause the same issues in the tot. Preston told The Doctors she and Travolta are trying to raise their kids in a clean, healthier environment.

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Sixteen-year-old Jett died in 2009 after hitting his head on a bathtub while suffering a seizure. Speaking out about autism goes directly against the couple's Scientologist beliefs, which according to insiders do not recognize autism as a disorder and opposes psychiatry and medication such as Depakote used to treat seizures.

However, Scientology representative Tommy Davis told MSNBC, "The Church of Scientology has no position on autism. As with any medical condition, the Church believes that these matters are best diagnosed and treated by a medical doctor. Scientologists can and do then also seek spiritual assistance."

See the complete interview with Kelly Preston on The Doctors, Nov. 21. Check local listings for channel and times.

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Comments on "Kelly Preston: Food & antibiotics caused son's autism"

gwin August 21, 2013 | 11:51 AM

and just maybe its not our business if he's son had autism and maybe he didn't want his son hammered by the press . these kids like privacy . and not cameras in thier face maybe they were trying to protect their son !

gwin August 21, 2013 | 11:47 AM

jett was a very good looking young man ! it would break my heart to know end had it been my child . I have a grandson that lives with me and he is autistic hes very good looking and loving . we have our days good and bad . but I love him and im not ashamed of him and I think he should go out with the family and join in family activities as much as he can ! I think john was so hurt by his sons death and I know he loved him u could tell . I would hope no one would hurt such a child ! they are loving and sweet . no saying there isn't days that its bad but the good out weigh the bad . I just know I love my child and I thank god for him every day I would just die if any thing happen to him .

SaraK November 21, 2012 | 7:24 AM

Jaime - if you don't believe that environmental factors cause Autism, then it is you that is disillusioned, and I feel sorry for your child that is most likely not receiving the proper care.

Jaime November 20, 2012 | 12:41 PM

This woman is a liar. Oooor, she's a delusional nutcase. No matter what, she is narcissistic and was ashamed of her autistic child soo much that she still glosses over the truth concerning him. She offends me to no end. She offends all other autism moms, like me.

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