Mineral - Cobalt


Cobalt is a very interesting mineral. Everything needs Cobalt as Cobalt is generally a mineral that is one that controls other minerals, vitamins and acids. Yet in this great need, Cobalt is a difficult mineral to just find hanging around. The literature claims that the Cobalt is at certain levels in the earth's crust and at various levels in different mediums, it is not always found in most places in levels that can be utilized. So Cobalt is generally found in limited places. When one considers the needs and uses of Cobalt, one comes to the conclusion that perhaps this is one of the most important minerals of all. But then again, each mineral also is one of the most important minerals when looked at individually. Let us first get some technicalities out of the way.

Cobalt is used 18,861,320 times in the DNA sequencing process and follows the CUU codon. Cobalt is associated with the Leucine amino acid. It carries a +4- type charge. So it makes it an interesting one to work with. Cobalt weighs in at 58.93 on the molecular weight and is known by the symbol of Co.  

Probably the one most unique aspects of Cobalt is its connection to Vitamin B12. We know they are separate and distinct items, yet they almost act like they are one and the same. Where you have an issue with the one you will have an issue with the other. Many times people will misdiagnose one deficiency with the other. Perhaps the reason why Cobalt plays such an important controlling role is that it plays a major role in the Carbon-Nitrogen in the body and with the release of Carbon Dioxide. From this point on we can make connections in a timeline fashion to most other macro and micro minerals with the key mineral being Cobalt. On a more generalized level, Cobalt will play a role in normalizing of all cells.  It is at the very center of Vitamin B12. All of vitamin B12 is centered and built around Cobalt. Cobalt also is either involved in enzyme function as a cofactor and/or activator. If you have issues with Cobalt you won't assimilate Iron and of course, since Copper is involved here in this combination, you can all of a sudden begin to show a long list of deficiencies, which can be easily misdiagnosed and mistreated. Then this carries on over to Zinc. Then to Germanium and then on to .. well you get the picture. So a very important controlling and supporting mineral to many other minerals and various body functioning aspects.So no Cobalt, the good old engine system of the human body starts to signs of poor performance and then leading to no performance, as in no go-no more. 

In the first part of the last paragraph, I mention that Cobalt and B-12 are almost the same things, yet different. So what is the deal here, well, here is the explanation; In order for the vitamin B-12 and cobalt to be ingested and used properly by the body, it must travel to the stomach where hydrochloric acid removes the vitamin B and cobalt from the food source, then it combines with intrinsic factor, which is a glycoprotein produced in the stomach. From here, the vitamin B-12 and Cobalt are absorbed as nutrients and are in the form most useful to the body. You cannot have B-12 without having Cobalt because Cobalt is at the center of the formation of B-12. B-12 cannot and will not form unless it has a Cobalt molecule to form around. So we obtain Cobalt, for the most part from taking in B-12. As far as for human use, humans get their Cobalt from B-12 or Cobalt in the Cyanocobalamin form in the majority of cases.. In this form and a few others, one will find that the plants might at times carry Cobalt, but not in a form that a human can readily use, so that is why the animal products are the normal source for humans and their Cobalt/B-12. Ruminants can utilize elemental Cobalt by converting and forming it in the Rumin to B-12. Omnivores, (including humans), can obtain B-12, ie; Cobalt from eating the stomach contents, muscles, bones and liver of their kills. Lagomorph, Poultry, Rodents, etc.,  will get theirs through the Coprophagy process (eating feces).  So don't get freaked out when your chickens are scratching through some poop. Same with your Lagomorphs, (Rabbits and Pikas).  When you see them eating their feces don’t freak out. For example, with Rabbits, you will observe them eating their own poop. What happens is that they formulate their own B-12 in their “hind” gut. But it is absorbed upstream from that formulation point. So they excrete a soft pellet, they eat it, it cycles through, they extract their Cobalt/B12. Anyway, when you see these animals eating their own poop, they are just getting their B-12 and Cobalt. They don’t have some deficiency or psycho problem. However, humans will not likely be able to use the feces source of Cobalt/B-12. If they do, then it is considered that they do have a psycho problem. Well, unless they are undergoing a “stool transfer” of some sort. You have heard of people undergoing a treatment of having a stool specimen transferred from a “healthy” person to one suffering some illness. The same core issue here. So when I say it is still being done even as of today, well…  One way to deal with this Cobalt issue is to treat animals, especially with Cobalt laced salt. Since the Ruminate can take in this type of raw Cobalt, in a raw salt form, it can then synthesis into a usable form of Cobalt/B-12 for humans.  

An interesting method that was used from a time in history was with the Bedouins out moving around with their Camels.  The accounts claim that they would eat fresh Camel dung when they were experiencing certain types of illnesses.  The accounts claim that they would show remarkable recovery rates, recovery meaning that they were up and going again to their normal levels of activities. Perhaps this is a simple explanation of claiming that the “treatment” was nothing more than a Cobalt/B-12 treatment. Makes perfect sense. This type of thing appears to be practiced in other parts of the world and with Ruminates being the vector for this protocol. I would think that this type of thing is actively practiced in parts of the world today, at least the concept is there. Another time, in recent history, they were having some issues with the “land down under” with sheep. These sheep were expressing Cobalt deficiency type activities. So they made a clay pellet that contained Cobalt. The pellets were somewhat heavy, so they stayed in the stomach. They would then leach off some Cobalt. It worked, at least enough to help with the issue. This type of thing is done with other minerals as well, as you may have noticed in some of the other E-Lectures on specific minerals. 

Recommended Daily Allowance of Cobalt is pretty much the same regardless of gender or age, at 10-20 mg (milligram) daily. The average worldwide intake of Cobalt is between 5-40 mg, depending on location and diet  Generally, there is about 2 mg. stored on an ongoing basis in the body. So a continued supply source is necessary.  However, I did find quite a number of differing RDA’s and needs charts, so these figures are a generality. Vegetarians and Vegans are normally at risk for Cobalt and B-12 deficiencies because of their lack of use of animal-sourced food-related products.  Although everyone needs to be on the watch for signs of a lack of, the non-animal food consumers must be more watchful. Some of the main foods that are highly rich in cobalt include meat, milk, green leafy vegetables, liver, clams, and oysters. Other land plants that usually contain some Cobalt is Beet Greens, Cabbage, Lettuce, Figs, and Legumes. IF, Cobalt is in the soil in their particular area, to be taken up by the plants and animals. Another aspect to this is that my understanding of Cobalt has largely been centered around the military application of Cobalt. Cobalt bombs are considered dirty bombs, I mean really dirty. They also use Cobalt in nuclear medicine as a tracer. It seems like Cobalt is very co-dependent on friends. I mean this mineral will cling to anybody (minerals and vitamins), that comes along, almost becomes what they are or want it to be. This mineral has some very interesting behaviors. 

Essential Oil Connection;
Many essential oils will contain some Cobalt. This is the beauty of the EO’s. On these minerals that only needed on a trace level, meaning a very low level based on the ppm concept, and since the Cobalt is a very light mineral, the chances of a plant taking up one of these minerals and passing them along is not only very likely but probably likely. Some of the oils that have been shown to have consistent uptakes of Cobalt likely due to where the donor plant is grown at is the following; Juniper Berry, Catnip, Thyme, (all varieties),  Garlic, Peppermint, Irish Moss, Lemongrass, and Ginger. It also lists White Willow Bark at just under 100 ppm. I cannot find any listing for Birch Bark, but the 2 plants are very closely related, under the same or similar growing conditions, so I am thinking there is a good chance of
Birch Bark oil containing Cobalt as well. White Willow bark oil does exist but is not common, and the ppm is at the highest among the ppm of all of the oils for containing Cobalt. 

Summary and Discussion.
There are many herbs that contain or have been known to contain measurable levels of Cobalt. Many of these Herbs are used in herbal formulations that actually work and show observable progress in short order. Some of these better known herbal plants are; (All of these following herbs are over 100 ppm), Goldenseal, Sarsaparilla Root, Pau D’Arco Bark, Dulse, Wild Yam, Eyebright, Coneflower Root, Devil’s Claw Root, Chinese Knotweed Root, Pumpkin Seed, Comfrey, Butcher’s Broom Root, Mullein (all varieties), Chickweed, Burdock Root,  Cascara Sagrada Bark, Alfalfa Leaf, and Licorice Root.  As every summer comes around I always plan to distill some Alfalfa to see if I can get some essential oil from it, and then before I know it, it is winter. There is always next year, right? Anyway, if it does yield some oil, which I know it will, (the question would be the amount of oil, yield high or low is the question), the oil would be the highest on the ppm for Cobalt of any of the oils listed in the EO section.  So, for this reason, I halfway think that if you have a good source for Alfalfa, then making some tea from it would be a good source of Cobalt and yes, B-12. How can this be?  Some forms of Cobalt can help in the synthesis of B-12 from non-ruminate sources. This is where Vegetarians and Vegans can and do, get into trouble.  As a general rule, it is taught that you can only get your B-12 and yes, directly, Cobalt from sources that have been run through the digestive processes of certain animal type life forms. But lesser known understanding is that some plants will also do this process. But for life forms that do not utilize animal products, make the mistake of not utilizing the correct plants and in the correct order to make this happen. So many Vegetarians and Vegans suffer from B-12 and Cobalt deficiencies.  By some accounts, that figure is in the 80%. I refer to this crowd as the big V bunch. In my lifetime I have run across a lot of the big V crowd. Most of them are sort of in the looney tune category. This concept would make sense and in fact, makes perfect sense in trying to get an understanding of this topic. Plus, many in this crowd, despite eating healthy, have cardiovascular issues. Again, here it makes perfect sense. Why? We know that Cobalt and B-12 have direct relationships to the cardiovascular system function and as well as the neurological function. So a lack of these 2 heavy hitters,  you go looney and the old ticker goes bonkers. The big V crowd, for the most part, does not do it right, so they go Koo Koo. The ones that do it right, there are some that do, they end up functioning just fine, in fact, they are mentally very healthy and will live a long life free of cardiovascular issues as well. I don’t fully understand how do it so you need to ask a person from the big V crowd that actually knows their stuff. If I understood it, I might very well graze instead of being an omnivore.  All from a practical point of course. Lol. So when you are dealing with a person from the big V grouping of people and the person is Koo Koo, bake them a Cow Dung Pie, serve it to them, and before long they won't be Koo Koo anymore. Does that work? I think it points out the idea. 

Now here is another concept. One of the key aspects to the majority of the people, since people are somewhat at the end of the food chain here when it comes to the Cobalt/B-12 deal, we have to look at this aspect. I think it explains a lot and this is not just a concept in theory. It is factual.  Here goes. Manure from Ruminates is a very high-quality fertilizer.  Dr. Albrecht first brought this concept to the table. However, it had really been practiced in various forms from the beginning of time. When a plant grows in the field, soil, etc., the plant takes up what it needs to formulate a viable plant, or a plant of some sort, if certain ingredients are missing. Anyway, then, in theory, the pants are consumed by the animals on the farm. Then their manure is returned to the field and the cycle is restarted. So in this concept, the Ruminate has created some B-12 and of course Cobalt. There is a net increase in the Cobalt content on a year after year basis. But not only does the Cobalt have a net increase, the plant also creates an immunity in the soil against future, potential diseases for successive generations of the plant. 

So in looking at this concept, one must consider the concept that people in the past would only take part of the plant from the area, or only harvest part of the “fruits” of the plant. The main idea was that you needed to leave some of the plants so that it could be returned to the soil from whence it grew to keep a healthy cycle in play. I am most familiar with the Native American practice of this concept, although the verbiage and philosophies were expressed differently, the concept in principle was the very same.  If this concept is properly done, then crop rotation is not needed. Don’t shoot me here, that is what the theories claim, and the proof is very solid. Just like the need to use chemicals. If the plants are healthy, then the bugs won’t touch those plants. But that is a whole other discussion.      

But don’t waste your time looking for supplements directly. You likely won’t find any and if you do, they likely won’t work. All of the legitimate ones are usually associated with B-12 supplements. Of course, the Omnivore crowd doesn’t do much better than the big V crowd either. This is likely because of poor eating habits and not eating foods that contain Cobalt and or, well,  B-12. Yes, they eat muscle meat, but that contains the least amount of B-12 of all the animal, so not much happens nowadays when it comes to the eating of the organs, etc. That stuff goes to pet food. So does that mean that pet food is more nutritious than human food? You answer that question. That begs for another aspect. The foods that consist of “those parts” might actually be more nutritious than the “desirable” cuts. But I am sure that processing and additives cancel out that idea. 

So to cap. Cobalt, likely the least discussed of most minerals. Can’t really get it directly, if you are a human. We can’t synthesize it like some animals can, well, unless certain conditions are met. If you have to ask what those conditions are, then you need to realize that you have a log pathway of learning and application ahead of you. Just know that it can be done. Also, in learning about this mineral and going through looking for the documentation on it, one is lead to wonder if this is at the center of many people’s issues. Think about it, a simple Cobalt deficiency could be at the center of destroyed relationships. Cognitive decline. The complete failure in one’s educational process. The list could go on and on. Although many different minerals will contribute in one way or another to any issue a human might experience, Cobalt is by far, without question the main center mineral that connects all of them and the B-12 is at the center of the cause to an action potential. Then even then, the B-12 doesn’t exist or function without Cobalt. Perhaps you could call Cobalt, the God mineral. It is that important to the overall structure and carries that much influence.  Just remember that Cobalt doesn’t do much on the heavy lifting side, but it does do everything on the influence side. With that, I will close this E-Lecture, have a good day and thank you for your time and interest.