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Montecito Hot Springs
updated: Oct 13, 2012, 1:13 PM
By Woody Jackson
Here is part of Santa Barbara's and Montecito Hot Springs hidden or unrevealed history: Wilbur Curtis
was involved with the Quicksilver mine at today's Gibraltar Reservoir. Quicksilver is Mercury - a very
Wilbur Curtis suffered the ravages of mining or rather heavy metal poisoning.
Wilbur Curtis sister lived in Montecito not far from Old Spanish Town (below Montecito Peak and the
Wilbur in near death condition found his way to the (long lived) Chumash living at the opening of Hot
Springs Canyon and was led up by the elder Comancho to heal from the springs.
Did you know that Hot mineral springs are used for chelating (removing) heavy metals? Now we know
why Wilbur healed at the springs!
"Sodium thiosulfate is a natural substance found in hot
water springs. It is one of the secret ingredients,
which gives these springs their healing power.
Intravenous sodium thiosulfate is currently used as an antidote for the treatment of cyanide poisoning
and prevention of toxicities of cisplatin cancer therapies. It is used as a food and medicinal preservative
and topically used as an antifungal medication. The sulfur smell component of the hot mineral springs
is sodium thiosulfate. Thiosulfate is unique; it reacts with free radicals (oxygen) to form a sodium
sulfate compound which prevents the radicals from destroying or attacking the cells. This is perhaps
why the elderly like to visit hot mineral springs.
Sodium thiosulfate may be effective in reducing some chemically induced cancers.
(caption for image): Wilbur Curtis at the Lower Cottages at Montecito Hot Springs
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