Thursday, December 31, 2009

Did pseudo-science kill Jett Travolta?

I didn't really care about the death of Jett Travolta in the Bahamas on January 2, 2009. But today, reading Google News, I hit the wrong button and thus by accident came across this anti-Scientology blog which rails against the quackish medical care John Travolta and Kelly Preston afforded their autistic son. The implication of the blog piece is that pseudo-science indirectly led to their son's death.
Jett suffered from epileptic seizures. According to Travolta and wife Kelly Preston, Jett was taken off his anti-seizure medication, claiming it wasn’t working for him and that it was harmful to his liver. Ironically, Jett’s parents put him on the Purification Rundown, which has proven harmful to the liver.

Scientology believes that this treatment can cure many problems. Even though there has never been any medical or scientific proof that Scientology’s Purification Rundown has any benefits what so ever. In fact it has been called pseudo science and quackery.

The blogger makes a big deal out of the fact that the Travoltas did not have medical professionals caring for their ill child. They had untrained male nannies, one of whom (pictured above) was rumored to be a paramour of John Travolta:
Disturbingly, this (purification) treatment is administered by untrained staff with no medical backgrounds.

John and Kelly flew to the Bahamas for a 60 person New Year’s Eve party they had planned. ... They traveled with two male nannies who did not have medical backgrounds or proper training for a special needs child. ... The night of Jett’s death, he was left unattended for over 10 hours. He had a seizure, fell and hit his head and died. ...

Why did Travolta and Preston have two male Scientologist nannies who were void of medical or special needs training? One of the nannies was Jeff Kathrein, who was photographed previously kissing Travolta. ... Where were the two nannies when they were supposed to be watching Jett the night he fell?

Why didn’t Preston and Travolta have round-the-clock care by highly TRAINED medical professionals for their son? Money certainly wasn’t an issue.

Normally, I have a neutral view of idiotic cults like the Church of Scientology. If someone is so stupid to join such a group, it's his decision, his money, his mistake. In a free country, everyone has the right to be an idiot.

However, parents should not have the right to deny their children appropriate medical care. It's one thing if an adult (who is not mentally incompetent) with say, cancer, believes in some cockamamie alternative medicine in place of lifesaving chemotherapy. It is quite another when the adult forces his stupidity on his child.

That is the point at which I don't think parents should have freedom of religion for their children. If Scientologists are harming their sick children, the state needs to step in.

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