During an upcoming appearance on The Doctors, Preston discusses the medical conditions that contributed to Jett’s passing in January 2009, when the 16-year-old died after suffering a seizure while at the family’s vacation house in the Bahamas.
“[Jett] was autistic. He had seizures and when he was very young, he had Kawasaki Syndrome,” John Travolta‘s wife says on the Nov. 21 episode of CBS talk show, according to People. “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.”
Though there is no singular known cause of autism, Preston suspects several elements led to Jett’s affliction, Kawasaki Syndrome, which can cause inflammation of the arteries. Those include her “fast and hard” labor and her use of antibiotics while breastfeeding her son. The latter caused Jett to contract thrush, a yeast infection that some studies have linked to symptoms of autism.
Preston goes on to advocate an organic lifestyle in the Doctors episode, which offers a look at how organic products are made at Alternative Laboratories. The actress believes that processed food contains chemicals and pesticides that can contribute to rising rates of autism in children.
Though John Travolta belongs to the controversial Church of Scientology — which does not acknowledge autism as an affliction — the actor acknowledged his son’s condition in the months following his death. “My son was autistic and suffered from seizure disorder,” Travolta said in a court testimony. “Every five to ten days he suffered seizures which lasted 45 seconds to a minute.”
Preston, 50, and Travolta, 58 — who are also parents to Ella, 12 — have had another son since Jett’s passing: Benjamin, who is now two years old.
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