It is important to note that having an intracellular excess or deficiency of a mineral may not mean that you have too much of the mineral in your diet. It simply means that the minerals are not necessarily being properly utilized.
For instance, “high tissue calcium does not necessarily indicate excessive calcium, but rather the calcium is not being properly utilized. Proper utilization is often dependent upon calcium’s relationship with other essential minerals, such as phosphorus and magnesium. A deficiency of either or both can result in excessive calcium deposition into tissues other than the primary storage sites of calcium (bones and teeth). Deposition of calcium into the soft tissues, includes not only the hair, but also the skin, joints, arteries, lymph nodes, gallbladder, etc.” Trace Elements Inc.
Excess tissue cobalt tends to indicate insufficient stomach acid leading to poor protein digestion, vitamin B12 absorption and utilization. Insufficient stomach acid also increases the likelihood of opportunistic microorganisms in your stomach and intestinal tract.
For those of you with dogs with a Canine BNA report, severe cobalt deficiency often suggests intestinal parasites.