Kelly Preston Defies Scientology, Finally Acknowledges Son Jett Travolta Was Autistic

Kelly Preston and John Travolta have been slow to acknowledge that their son Jett was autistic, even after they came under scrutiny for the role his untreated autism may have played in his tragic 2009 death. But now, Preston has opened up about it for the first time in an episode of medical talk show “The Doctors” which will air November 21.

“[Jett] was autistic. He had seizures and when he was very young, he had Kawasaki Syndrome,” Preston said. “”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 believes a number of factors caused Jett’s autism, including having Kawasaki syndrome when he was little, her “hard and fast labor,” and a thrush infection caused by her use of antibiotics while breastfeeding. “He was coming out of the autism, he really was,” she said, seeming to echo Jenny McCarthy‘s belief that she had “cured” her son of autism.

While there has yet to be any proof that feeding your kid organic food can prevent and/or cure autism, the fact that she called it autism at all is pretty huge for “the beautiful wife of John Travolta,” as the intro calls her. You see, the Church of Scientology doesn’t believe mental disorders are real, and that psychologists and psychiatrists are just dirty shysters trying to keep people from discovering the true, spiritual cures for their autism and homosexuality and such. With that in mind, this is a pretty big break from the church for Preston and Travolta. And if they want to preach the ethos of organic food, that seems pretty harmless (and maybe even correct…we don’t really know yet). I just hope they don’t become anti-vaccine crusaders, because the C of S is pretty great at getting shady things done. But it would have to believe autism is real first, so I’m not worried.

(Via People)

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    • marley

      You have to wonder how their refusal to accept their son’s real condition and therefore to treat it in the correct manner affected his life and was possibly a factor in his death. Or at least, while it may not have been a factor in this particular case, the damage these believe cause other individuals in similar situations is terrifying. Scientology is dangerous.

      But, for some parents, accepting a diagnosis of a mental health disorder can be very difficult. I know people who took years to fully come to terms with the reality of their child’s condition. So perhaps it isn’t all Scientology in this instance.

      • http://twitter.com/realballs Real Balls

        So you are saying physical injuries (hitting your head) with deadly consequences cannot happen when you see a shrink?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1161852028 Derek Bloch

        No that is not what Marley is saying.

        Marley is saying that had the boy’s epilepsy been treated properly it may have prolonged his life and prevented his death. Belief’s related to Scientology would have delayed or even prevented the parents from seeking proper medical care for their son’s condition.

        Scientologists believe that their space demon exorcism with a primitive lie detector can actually cure epilepsy because they consider it a “psychosomatic” illness as opposed to a real condition that affects a person’s brain.

        If you don’t believe me then ask Tory Christman aka ToryMagoo44 aka Magoo44. You can find her on YouTube. The Church of Scientology would not allow her to pursue her religious goals as long as she was on her epilepsy medication.

      • Krikett Batt

        If you have a medical condition that affects your actions, and you are denied the correct treatment because of your belief system, the chances of such a tragic incident occurring are substantially increased.

        When a belief system denies you access to the appropriate care and support, the consequences can be devastating.

        Tomorrow, you will learn what most of the non-Scientology world has known for years.

      • One Scientologist’s view

        What’s that Batty? Are you predicting the sun will rise again?

    • One Scientologist’s view

      The idea that Scientology “doesn’t believe mental disorders are real” or Scientologists “don’t believe in autism” is false. Scientologists may not agree with the way people are given a psychiatric label for insurance billing purposes. There is no prohibition against doctors, medical treatment or medical drugs in Scientology. However, since there is no scientific evidence to support the psychiatric theory that mental problems are caused by a “chemical imbalance in the brain,” Scientologists do not believe psychiatric drugs (especially those with harmful side effects) are a solution. But this does not mean Scientologists “do not believe in autism.” And whether or not there are medical drugs that assist in its treatment is something that individual Scientologists would decide for themselves, just like anyone else.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1161852028 Derek Bloch

        There is plenty of evidence with regards to neurotransmitters and hormones in the brain affecting moods and even a person’s perception of reality.

        Schizophrenia has a symptom which causes the person affected by it to confuse the order of cause and effect. This has been linked to a malfunction of the temporal lobes in the brain that actually cause the individual to inaccurately perceive time and therefore causes them to confuse the order of events.

        Scientologists believe that the brain has no function with regards to thought or memory storage and that all thought and memory storage and really all cognitive processing (not related to the word “cognite” that Scientologists use) occur in a non-corporeal form. The brain essentially functions as a switch board through which the spirit controls the body and nothing else.

        The rest of the world pretty much understands that the brain is source of our cognitive abilities and that malfunctions related to the hormones and neurotransmitters can affect the mood and cognitive abilities of an individual.

      • One Scientologist’s view

        You can say “Scientologists believe . . . ” whatever you want. But what you are really saying is, “I believe that Scientologists believe . . . ” Actually, Scientologists don’t believe the things you say. You will no doubt be offended and accuse me of being hostile and critical, but the simple truth is that you are ignorant about Scientology. Of course, you have a right to remain ignorant! The motto of all prejudice is: Don’t let the facts get in the way of what I want to believe. Go to the Middle East and you will find parents on both sides teaching their children ignorant superstitions about the other side. Neither “side” is really the problem. The problem is the ignorance and prejudice. Of course, if you tell them that, they will get angry and say, “No, Jews are . . .” or “Arabs are . . . ” In your case, even after reading this, you will say, “No, Scientologists are . . .”

      • Lee

        Since you’re knowledgeable, could you explain what it is that scientologists actually believe? I used to walk by the Citizen’s Commission on Human Rights building in Hollywood all the time, so forgive me for thinking the church has a bias against psychiatry.

      • One Scientologist’s view

        Go to http://www.scientology.org . Once there, click on the link to the interactive video channel. Then go to the link on beliefs and practices.

      • AaronFreed

        We aren’t offended by you. We laugh at you, we mock you, we pity you for your ignorance and blind devotion to a fraud and a liar who spent his final years hiding from the US government for his role in Operation Snow White. Many critics have done research, so it is disingenuous of you to try and tell us what we do and do not know. We KNOW what Scientologists believe because we have read your documents and studied you, or because we used to be one of you.

        It is amazing how the only people who actually know what Scientology is, in your eyes, are loyal followers and minions of the cult. Apparently being the second in command of the organization does not qualify someone to KNOW what Scientology is, does, or believes if you should choose to leave the organization. Apparently working in the SeaOrg for over 20 years doesn’t qualify you, if you leave. If we’re going to turn that around on you, you aren’t in the least bit qualified to know anything about psychiatry, the biology of the brain, or anything else related to mental health because you aren’t a mental health professional. Sure, you may think you know, but you only know what you believe you know, but you DO NOT KNOW.

        The truth is we know you. We know you better than you know yourselves. We are your SPs and you pulled it in. I hope that scares you, I hope that terrifies you in the quiet of the night, I hope it makes you quiver with fear and take a good hard look at the world around you with a bit of doubt.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1161852028 Derek Bloch

        You’re a typical Scientologist who makes assumptions without first acquiring all the information about the situation.

        I was separated from my parents by Scientology. I was harassed and humiliated by Scientologists for being gay. People like you.

        Scientology breeds fanaticism, bigotry and personality disorders. You abuse or condone the abuse of children because you believe they are trillions of years old. You use the words “invalidation” and “evaluation” as a shield to keep you from having to listen to people around you who tell you the truth.

        You need to wake up and see the light. You live your life feeling shamed and guilty for being a human and you spend your life making others feel the same shame and guilt.

        There is so much to do out here and instead you decide to waste your time and money in a cult. It’s sad and I pity you.

        I also pity you that you will not read this entire comment or even understand it because you’ll be reading through a veil of study tech and brainwashing.

        Good luck to you. I hope you don’t die of cancer because you caught it too late or of some curable disease like most Scientologists do because of their fear of doctors.

        Just know that none of the Scientologists around you are your friends and will dump you as soon as you decide not to practice anymore; same goes for your family. You don’t have a choice, you are stuck in Scientology. You couldn’t even leave if you wanted to. There is no such thing as unconditional love in Scientology. They only love you as long as you are a Scientologist.

        Anyone you know that is not a Scientologists probably suspects that you are or thinks you are weird and is most likely too afraid to ask you any questions about Scientology or it’s weirdness so they play the “politically correct” game with you. A nod and a smile when you say, “I’m a Scientologist.”

        You are arrogant and you think you are better than anyone else on the planet because that is what Hubbard taught you. Hubbard was a liar, a cheat and a scam artist extraordinaire and imagine that you are being groomed to be the kind of person he considered perfect.

        Wake up. Leave.

      • Krikett Batt

        Lisa Mcpherson was denied medical (psychiatric) help and held against her will by the cult of $cientology for an “introspection rundown”- Hubbard’s quack cure for psychosis- with inevitable results. She died under the “care” of $cientology.

        I would say that is pretty convincing evidence that what you say doesn’t ring true with the actions of the Church..

        Googlel it. Have the tissues ready, it’s heartbreaking.

      • choocho

        Hi, you’re not just “one Scientologist” though, a regular Scientologist might be punished for even looking at this article. You are a Scientology Office of Special Affairs internet propaganda employee posting from a Scientology office building somewhere, right? It’s your job to patrol the net looking for articles like this.

      • One Scientologist’s view

        Sorry to disappoint you choocho, but I am just “one Scientologist.”

      • One Scientologist’s view

        And by the way, when you say a regular Scientologist might be punished for reading the above article, do you also believe the moon landing never took place?

      • choocho

        I think by “one Scientologist” you were trying to imply that you’re just an average, everyday Scientologist browsing the web when in fact you are a Scientology employee detailed to “handle” the internet and you’re posting from a Scientology office building. That’s correct, right? Also, you guys usually post under a legion of sock-puppets, so you’re really not just “one Scientologist”.

      • One Scientologist’s view

        If I understand you correctly, what you are saying is that choocho is your real name, right?

      • AaronFreed

        But there’s only one person posting under that alias, whereas OSA operatives commonly post under multiple handles or have multiple people assigned to a single handle, such as the ever present Louanne.

      • choocho

        “HCOPL 7 Jun 65 Iss II Entheta Letters (OEC Vol 2, p. 661-9)

        This is the basic hat write-up on how to handle entheta comm, which is

        the dead file system.

        “Therefore it is illegal as can be to handle entheta letters or ethics

        reports in any other way than to and by Ethics.” — p. 663

        “Dead file does *not* cover business firms demanding bills, government

        squawks or dangerous suits or situations. [OSA now handles the latter-

        RC] It covers only entheta public letters received on any line including

        SO #1.” –p. 664

        “Ethics seeing somebody answer an entheta letter … should order a

        hearing on the person.” –p. 666

        “It is the *full* intention that:

        4. That the line be cut completely.” –p. 667″

        That basically mean that you’re a Scientology Ethics Officer, and a member of the Office of Special Affairs, since they “handle” the internet, otherwise this attempt at “handling” the entheta in this article would be illegal, in Scientology’s eyes.

      • One Scientologist’s view

        choocho, after one of your comments below, I made the observation that you sound a little paranoid. Thanks for proving my point.

      • One Scientologist’s view

        Hi chooch. I just clicked on your avatar and checked your posts on other articles. I have four observations: (1) It is funny that you would assume people like me are trolling the net looking for Scientology-related articles to comment on. That seems to be exactly what you do! And it is also funny that you say the same things to everyone. (2) You are obsessed with Scientology. (3) More humor: You seem to think of yourself as somewhat scientific in your thinking, yet you seem incapable of observation — one of the most essential steps of the scientific process. (4) You berate me about being not “just” a Scientologist. (Like every other Scientologist you encounter on the net, I am an “OSA agent.”) So is anyone supposed to believe that you are “just” an objective observer? Your prejudice is THE most apparent thing about you. Scientology might be good, or bad. It might be right or wrong. It might be good for one person and not for another. But you will never know because your prejudice prevents you from being able to even see what Scientology is. And the proof is that you will insist that you DO know what Scientology is. But from your comments, you very clearly do not. You may really, really believe that you DO know. But you are confusing it with something else.

      • AaronFreed

        So when you say lack of scientific evidence, what you’re really saying is “if you don’t count the innumerable scientific studies performed for decades and reported in scientific journals under peer review and you only listen to what L. Ron Hubbard says on the subject because even though his college degree was from an unaccredited institution that was later shut down, he is an expert on everything and even though his entire account of his military career is a lie and contradicted by his official military records and the US Government he would NEVER lie to Scientologists!” I just thought I should clarify your words since you all seem to have a great deal of trouble with lying, as Narconon in Georgia found out last month.

      • dbloch7986

        You are so full of lies and hate I am shocked that you haven’t puked up pea soup by now.

        Scientology states that all physical and mental ailments stem from spiritual origins. I guess that’s why you can cure cancer right? Good luck with that. Cause over matter, energy, space and time my ass.

        You should probably go start your body thetan exorcism now before your head spins around backwards and you start trying to seduce a priest.

    • http://twitter.com/realballs Real Balls

      As a Scientologist I call complete BS on Peck’s interpretation of Kelly Preston. Scientologists use doctors and pharmaceuticals as needed to cure illness. Curing this article from inaccuracy and bias could be done with a little bit of homework (reading FAQs on scientologynews.org for example). But I guess cheap shot headlines were more important.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1161852028 Derek Bloch

        What if the pharmaceuticals needed to treat a brain disorder, such as autism, epilepsy, alzheimer’s, etc. are prescribed by a Psychiatrist or are drugs that Scientology considers to be “psychotropic”? Then what?

        What if the person has autism and needs counseling to help them to function in the real world? You think auditing can provide that counseling.

        I recommend everyone check out that link and read the 900 page letter full of baseless accusations and childish insults that the Church of Scientology wrote to Vanity Fair. It reads like a 9 year old who knows big words.

      • One Scientologist’s view

        I realize you are just trolling, and don’t really believe what you are saying. But for the benefit of others, here is what Scientologists ACTUALLY believe — not what you say we believe. We believe people should be free to choose. If you choose to believe that your thoughts are generated by your brain lobes, Scientologists have no problem with that. If you feel depressed, and want to take Prozac, that is your choice. Up to you. No problem. A Scientologist may disagree with you, but he will not ridicule your beliefs, even though it may be hard for a Scientologist to see how you could so rigidly believe what even many conventional doctors and other professionals see as unscientific superstition (the brain-chemical theory).

      • choocho

        Show us proof that many “conventional doctors and other professionals” see it as an “unscientific superstition” and the proof can’t come from a Scientology front-group. It’s really only just you Scientologists and your ignorant guru, L Ron Hubbard, that believe that. Every day science accumulates more proof that electrochemical reactions are the basis for thought, but Scientologists have never been able to produce one “clear” or provide evidence of thetans. Scientology has taken advantage of the fairly crappy science education that the public schools provide to fool you and others into having no concept of science or scientific proof.

      • One Scientologist’s view

        show “us” proof? What is this? dox or gtfo? I thought you guys went extinct.

      • choocho

        See, you have none so you waffle and misdirect, this is Scientology “technology” at work. You made a claim that conventional doctors and other professionals(explicitly vague) feel that there is no basis to the “brain-chemical theory “(your words) just like Scientology does. I asked you for proof, you have given none. That’s because it does not exist and every day science produces more proof that the “brain-chemical” theory is in fact correct. Instead of making me rephrase the question you could have just answered it, but you can’t.

      • One Scientologist’s view

        choocho you are extremely persuasive. You have changed my whole outlook on life. You have now convinced me with total certainty that your brain chemicals are out of balance.

      • choocho

        LOL, you’ve been convinced to pay tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of dollars to find out that you’re infested by the souls of aliens dropped in a volcano. Do you have any proof for your assertion that any scientists or doctors agree with L Ron’s hallucinations or are you just going to continue waffling and bull-baiting?

      • One Scientologist’s view

        choocho-baiting is not the same as bull-baiting.

      • One Scientologist’s view

        But since you insist, try these for starters:

        http://www.medicine.virginia.edu/clinical/departments/psychiatry/sections/cspp/dops/Ramachandran%20EHB%20article%20FINAL.pdf

        That one is from the University of Virginia Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences. The opening abstract states: “Despite many significant accomplishments, mainstream scientific psychology has not provided a satisfactory theory of mind, or solved the mind-body problem, and physicalist accounts of the mind are approaching their limits without fully accounting for its properties. The computational theory of mind has collapsed, forcing physicalism to retreat into what necessarily constitutes its final frontier, the unique biology of the brain, but this biological naturalism seems destined to fare little better. Some critical properties of human mental life can already be recognized as irreconcilable in principle with physical operations of the brain, and others appear likely to prove so as well.”

        But go ahead and read the whole article before you concede defeat.

        And then you can try this one:

        http://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/article.aspx?articleID=177446

        That one is from the American Journal of Psychiatry.

      • choocho

        Neither paper or article proves your assertion, try again.

        “The sun happens to be fission. That is why the sun keeps lighted. It’s a fission item. And if it’s a fission item, then we’re going to get some byproducts of fission as that, and that does cause sunburn.”

        [L. Ron Hubbard, The Scale of Havingness, lecture of 29 Nov 1959]

      • One Scientologist’s view

        It is sad that things don’t work for you. But at least you are right!

      • Corrinna

        Saying that scientologists will not ridicule someone for choosing to take meds is false. Scentologists at my place of employment ridiculed me for taking Advil when I had a headache, and ridiculed me for drinking coffee (they said caffeine = drug = bad). They also called me out for seeing a licensed marriage counselor/psychologist to help me work out some issues. They had big problems with the choices I made that went against their beliefs and did not hesitate to call me out and ridicule me for my mainstream beliefs and choices. They treated me as if I was a heroin addict for taking advil and seeing a counselor.

      • One Scientologist’s view

        That sounds pretty bad Corrinna. But it is so unreal, I just don’t believe you. In fact, there is one point in particular that gives you away. Scientologists ridiculed you for drinking coffee!!! That’s a joke. My guess is you have never met a Scientologist. Scientologists might disagree with heavy psychotropics, but coffee! I sometimes think Scientologists are on an economic stimulus for Brazil campaign.

      • Corrinna

        You don’t have to believe me if you don’t want to. I don’t care. I just hope non-scientologists who see this will believe me. The stuff scientology does is so ridiculous and strange that most people won’t
        believe it, like the stuff about Xenu the galactic overlord bringing beings to earth over 75 million years ago, placing them at the base of volcanoes, then detonating hydrogen bombs inside the volcanoes. Yes folks, this is scientology, but scientologists deny it. It is so crazy that people believe when scientology denies it, because really, who would ridicule someone for taking an advil, or who would believe that Xenu stuff? Scientologists try to seem normal and sensible, but that’s just to get you in the door. Once you’re in and have spilled all your unfortunate secrets to them through “auditing” (and they can now blackmail you to get you to stay), all the abuse and craziness starts up, and they start their neverending arm-twisting for cash, cash and moar cash. It’s a cash-fueled cult, people! Don’t be duped!

      • One “Scientologist’s view

        Ha ha ha! If you weren’t the world’s worst troll before, you are now.

      • Michelle

        You might want to read up on the actual meaning of the term “troll” because, to quote the Princess Bride here: “It doesn’t mean what you think it means.”

        It is rather amusing to see the Scientology propaganda machine working overtime trying to disprove a completely random online article on a completely random page with not even that many viewers. Is this where all the money for those super-duber helpful Dianetics classes goes to, huh? Good Lord, is ANYONE even taking this so-called “church”" seriously anymore? After all, the completely derailed and mentally unstable Tom Cruise is their poster boy so how on Earth can anyone still consider this organisation anything other than a big pyramid scam?!

        If Scientology hadn’t destroyed so many people’s lives I’d simply laugh at you, but given the destructiveness of organisations such as Sea Org I am actually rather disgusted by your glorification of this cult.

      • choocho

        Scientologists are trained to lie, Corrinna.

        INTELLIGENCE SPECIALIST TRAINING ROUTINE – TR L

        Purpose: To train the student to give a false statement with good TR-1 . To train the student to outflow false data effectively.

      • One Scientologist’s view

        choocho, ex-communicated former Scientologist. Purpose: To be right.

      • Corrinna

        I think a better term is “escaped scientologist,” rather than “excommunicated scientologst.”

      • Krikett Batt

        What Derek Bloch says is true, and if I wanted the facts I would not go to a known Scientology Propoganda website anyway. What with this and the Narconon story breaking recently, it must be panic stations at Flag right now.

      • choocho

        “Realballs” is a Scientology Office of Special Affairs internet “handler” posting from a Scientology office building somewhere, it’s his job to patrol the internet looking for articles like this.

      • One Scientologist’s view

        You sound a little paranoid choocho. Do you also have FBI agents under your bed?

      • choocho

        Nope, we just know the OSA’s and Louanne’s and your modus operandi, you guys sit around in Scientology’s Big Blue office building and monitor the internet all day everyday, that’s your job. Why not just admit to it, it’s not like you have ever, or will ever, fool anyone.

      • One Scientologist’s view

        choocho, when you say “we” know, are you really mr. choochoos, plural?

      • choocho

        I’m referring to everyone who reads this article and probably the general English-speaking internet also, you OSA internet guys have a lot of fans, if you want to call it that. It’s generally well known that the Scientology has employees like yourself that patrol the internet to attack critics and market Scientology, sometimes self-identifying as a Scientologist, but often times not. This type of shady behavior has earned you fans, if you want to call it that.

      • One Scientologist’s view

        Sorry, I did a survey last night of the general English-speaking internet and they said it is generally known that you are wrong.

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