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AP ARTICLE: "Death of Travolta's son raises medical questions"

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  1. HubbBudd Member

    AP ARTICLE: "Death of Travolta's son raises medical questions"

    Death of Travolta's son raises medical questions - Yahoo! News

    Death of Travolta's son raises medical questions

    by LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner, Ap Medical Writer – Tue Jan 6, 6:19 pm ET AP

    Millions of children and adults have seizures in the United States, but dying from one is rare. That only adds to the confusion and mystery surrounding the life and death of Jett Travolta, the 16-year-old son of actors John Travolta and Kelly Preston.

    The death certificate lists a seizure as the cause of death, according to an undertaker in the Bahamas, where the boy died Friday. Family representatives and lawyers declined requests Tuesday for more information, fueling speculation that has swirled for years about the boy's health.

    A Travolta attorney said the teen had a history of seizures, and John Travolta has said his son was successfully treated when he was 2 for a rare disease called Kawasaki syndrome, which can lead to heart disease and related problems.

    Medical specialists who did not treat the boy told The Associated Press on Tuesday that while Kawasaki syndrome is poorly understood, it's extremely unlikely the disease had anything to do with the teen's death.

    Gossip magazines and blogs long have suggested the boy also had autism — a claim John Travolta denied. Autism is frequently accompanied by seizures that experts believe may stem from the same brain abnormalities that cause the developmental disorder.

    Dr. Michael Kohrman, a University of Chicago pediatric neurologist, said up to one-third of children with autism have some sort of seizure disorder.

    Still, there are dozens of other causes of seizures. Recurrent seizures are sometimes called epilepsy and are caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain. These affect more than 3 million Americans.

    Mild seizures can be barely noticeable; severe ones can cause convulsing and loss of consciousness.

    "Sudden death in epilepsy is not an unheard-of phenomenon," said Dr. Bruce Cohen, a staff neurologist at the Cleveland Clinic.

    It can happen with seizures lasting more than 15 or 20 minutes, typically when medicine stops working or if patients quit taking medicine, Cohen said. One way death occurs in these cases is respiratory muscles weaken from prolonged convulsions and the patient stops breathing, he explained.

    More rarely, he said, about one in 1,000 epileptics die each year from a condition doctors call "sudep," or a sudden unexplained death that typically occurs with no sign of a seizure. Whether this happened to Jett Travolta or whether autopsy officials in the Bahamas know that term is uncertain.

    "We're dealing with a massive lack of information," Cohen said.

    Michael Ossi, an attorney for the Travoltas, and Samantha Mast, a Travolta publicist, told the AP by e-mail that they would not discuss details of the boy's illness.

    Jett Travolta's body was cremated, and the autopsy report has not been released.

    The Travoltas have said little about their son's condition and his medical treatment over the years. The couple are Scientologists, followers of the controversial religion created by science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard.

    The church is not commenting specifically on the Travolta case. But church policy is for members to seek a doctor for medical treatment of a physical condition, including taking any drugs prescribed.

    "The bottom line is that Scientologists seek conventional medical treatment for medical conditions," said Tommy Davis, a spokesman for the Church of Scientology International in Los Angeles.

    Kawasaki syndrome, the disease the family has said sickened Jett when he was a toddler, can cause inflammation in blood vessels and arteries. It typically features a persistent high fever accompanied by symptoms that can include bloodshot eyes; swelling in hands, feet and neck lymph nodes; a red rash on the arms and legs; and cracked, swollen lips.

    Most cases occur in the first five years of life, and if treated promptly with aspirin and intravenous gamma globulin, children are essentially cured, said Dr. Cody Meissner, chief of pediatric infectious diseases at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.

    While inflammation can sometimes lead to burst arteries or heart damage, Meissner said most children have no complications. And those who do would develop them soon after diagnosis — not several years later, Meissner said.

    "If 10 years or more had gone by, it would be very unlikely that seizure activity could be attributed to Kawasaki disease," Meissner said.

    Kelly Preston blamed household cleaners and fertilizers for the disease and said a detoxification program based on Scientology teachings helped improve his health, according to People magazine.

    Meissner said there is scientific evidence linking professional-strength carpet cleaners with the disease.

    Davis, the Scientology spokesman, acknowledged the detoxification program, but said its benefits are spiritual.

    "Scientology is a religion," he said. "We deal with the spirit, and mental and spiritual factors that affect someone's happiness and well-being."

    Death of Travolta's son raises medical questions - Yahoo! News
  2. Skeptic1337 Member

    Re: ARTICLE: "Death of Travolta's son raises medical questions

    This quote shall be forwarded to a few agencies. Thanks tommy!
  3. avbb Member

    Re: AP ARTICLE: "Death of Travolta's son raises medical questions"

    There are many misconceptions about Epilepsy and HOW to treat it, even among doctors. It is IMPARITIVE that Jett's lack of proper medical diagnosis and ensuing care was stressed by the Cult's teaching and not for lack of love and care they had for their son.

    The Epilepsy sites are beginning to rally behind the Travoltas. We must make them realize it's the CULT TEACHINGS that may have contributed to his death.
  4. TheBitch Member

    Re: AP ARTICLE: "Death of Travolta's son raises medical questions"

    So unqualified $cilon wedding photog "supervisor" as primary caregiver for clearly medically VERY troubled son (after all paying a nurse or an MD would be just WRONG for them to do, amirite), and "purif rundowns" seems to you to be competent parental "care for their son" then, does it?
  5. Buttons Member

    Re: AP ARTICLE: "Death of Travolta's son raises medical questions"

    avbb-
    Please provide links to the sites that need more information.
  6. Re: AP ARTICLE: "Death of Travolta's son raises medical questions"


    he was also John's gay lover

    dont forget the important details
  7. OTBT Member

    Re: ARTICLE: "Death of Travolta's son raises medical questions

    From an official Scientology site:

    What is the Purification Rundown? The President of the Church of Scientology Answers Your Questions

    From Wikipedia:

    Purification Rundown - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  8. avbb Member

    Re: AP ARTICLE: "Death of Travolta's son raises medical questions"

    post #55
    Travolta's Son Dies - Epilepsy Forum

    I Raged when I saw this but some of them really have no clue about how the cult works and think it's all about choice. THIS case it is NOT.

    Please tread carefully, they will not tolerate rudeness. Don't be afraid to ask questions, they are very open and honest but know nothing of the cult.
  9. anon4eva Member

    Re: AP ARTICLE: "Death of Travolta's son raises medical questions"

    What the hell do I care about Epilepsy forums?
    Is it a front group for Scientology?
    No.

    Let it all unfold.......
  10. Re: AP ARTICLE: "Death of Travolta's son raises medical questions"



    it's called "evangelism"

    imagine getting a bunch of epileptics to help picket
    they could even bring seizures!
  11. anon4eva Member

    Re: AP ARTICLE: "Death of Travolta's son raises medical questions"

    LOL!^ Oh SHI--
  12. Re: AP ARTICLE: "Death of Travolta's son raises medical questions"

    The people at the epilepsy forum think Jett died from Epilepsy....DOH.
  13. eddieVroom Member

    Re: AP ARTICLE: "Death of Travolta's son raises medical questions"

    I'm inclined to agree -- be it Kawasaki's or Autism, it remains uncontested the Jett had "death-like" seizures (per the Travoltas own description).

    What would LRH do?

    Well, 180 that shit...
  14. Canadian Member

    Re: AP ARTICLE: "Death of Travolta's son raises medical questions"


    The use of the term "death-like" seizures is being used to garner sympathy for the Travoltas and their cult.

    What's interesting is that nobody in the Travolta camp or the cult itself has used the word "epilepsy" to describe Jett's medical problem but, rather, seizure-disorder. The two mean the same, but the avoidance of the word "epilepsy" is intriguing. Are they avoiding that word because the term is not recognized by the cult?
  15. OTBT Member

  16. Mutante Member

    Re: AP ARTICLE: "Death of Travolta's son raises medical questions"

    Harpoon the fuck out of this shit in any forum for epilepsy, autism etc. you can find. Just don't bring strobe lights to any future protests.
  17. mrfyde Member

    Re: AP ARTICLE: "Death of Travolta's son raises medical questions"

    Oh boy everybody get their facts correct when CoS tries to dust off the old" Hackers try to cause epileptic seizures on message boards" BS.
  18. Re: AP ARTICLE: "Death of Travolta's son raises medical questions"

    lol... good idea...



    (Now I gotta go pick up a strobe somewhere before the raid)
  19. Top Grunge Member

    Re: AP ARTICLE: "Death of Travolta's son raises medical questions"

    Skeptic hit on the biggest thing here guys!

    Detox program is spiritual ONLY!

    THAT MEANS NARC, CRIM, that bullshit thing in New York that all use Detox to "cure" are false! FAKE! THE SCIENTOLOGY SKOESPERSON SAID SO! FORWARD THIS SHIT TO ANYONE DEALING WITH A FRONT GROUP! OR ANY KATIE ARTICLE ABOUT HER DOING IT!
  20. whoever Member

    Re: AP ARTICLE: "Death of Travolta's son raises medical questions"

    Watch them try to blame Anonymous for Jett's death ("Internet hate group aimed strobes at Jett").
  21. Joyful Member

    Re: AP ARTICLE: "Death of Travolta's son raises medical questions"

    I read on the scroll at CNN last night that a spokesperson for the family said that Jett had a developmental disability.

    I think that the pressure is starting to get to them. They've gone from nothing was wrong with him, to harping Kawasaki, to history of seizures, to now a developmental disability.
  22. RedOrbifold Member

    Re: AP ARTICLE: "Death of Travolta's son raises medical questions"

    yeah, I've been seeing a lot more hostility from scientology regarding this issue.

    normally they let things like this run off their back as they shove it under their big carpet... but now, they're trying to fight scientific evidence from the autopsy, behaviour analysis etc

    any new religion that doesn't leave room for it to be compatible with science is doomed to fail imo
  23. not shure Member

    Re: AP ARTICLE: "Death of Travolta's son raises medical questions"

    Which clearly would make Jett Travolta an "Illegal PC" (pre-clear)

    And we all know that Scientology discriminates against those who cannot obtain homo novis.

    What about the rest?

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