Frequently Asked Questions
How do I order tests for clients as a non-physician medical professional
For several options contact Morris Consulting, LLC at (407) 227 7074 or email
What states allow direct access testing?
An individual's ability to order tests without a request from a physician
is regulated by the individual states. The latest list, published in 2001, is
provided as a pdf file
Will insurance providers pay for the
The cost of research tests are NOT normally covered by health insurance
providers, Medicare or Medicaid. Contact the health insurance provider for
What type of tests do other laboratories provide?
The other laboratories (Berkeley Heart Laboratory, Atherotech, and
Liposcience), who provide this type of test, are affiliated with universities
and use a non-FDA-compliant standard. Quantimetrix, who sells a kit to
clinical laboratories does provide a total HDL and LDL standard, but does not
provide a particle size distribution standard. The tests from Berkeley
Heart Laboratory and Quantimetrix use electrophoresis analysis. While
Atherotech uses ultracentrifugation and Liposcience uses nuclear magnetic
How long has the Longevity Test been in development?
The particle size distribution test was under development as a clinical test
for use by doctors and patients for ~ 10 years. This
particle size distribution test is uniquely able to monitor an individual's
change in cholesterol carrying particle size distribution. The unique
gradient gel uses proprietary and licensed technology. For additional
technology information contact Morris Consulting, LLC at 407 227-7074.
For background on clinical lipoprotein gradient gel electrophoresis test
development see article "Protocol for the preparation of a segmental linear
polyacrylamide gradient gel: simultaneous determination of Lp[a], LDL, and HDL
particle sizes", X Li, W Innis-Whitehouse, WV Brown and NA Le,
in the Journal of Lipid Research,
38, pp 2603-2614.
Why are we providing a research test?
There is an urgent need by the public for this more sensitive method to
monitor changes in the distribution of LDL and HDL particles and the link
between size change and both longevity and cardiovascular disease. Hence
the decision by Morris Consulting, LLC to provide physicians and the
public timely access to the
Longevity Test information as a research test via LongevityTesting.com.
This test provides a direct comparison of pre- and post-intervention samples
using the same gel and processing conditions. This approach eliminates the
need for a "particle size standard" because the pre-intervention sample is the
internal standard for each individual.
Morris Consulting, LLC must comply with government regulations on all the following:
the definition of a research test
- blood sample collection
how individual test result can be used
The Patient Disclosure Statement is part
of the paperwork required by Morris Consulting, LLC comply with these
laws. Morris Consulting, LLC will maintain the highest quality standards in its sample analysis
and will provide a much higher level of quality control than required by the
Why run the before and after intervention at the
When the before and after intervention samples are run on the same gel at the
same time many time dependant sources of error are eliminated, such as errors
associated with slight changes in gel manufacturing or electrophoresis settings.
These time dependant errors could not be accurately measured and corrected
without a true standard.
What is needed for the Longevity Test to pass CLIA
requirements as a clinical test?
Method validation must be done using an already approved Predicated
Device or a true clinical standard. However, there are no predicated
devices approved for lipoprotein particle size determination and no
lipoprotein particle size standard is currently approved.
Who is sponsoring the Longevitytesting.com web site?
Morris Consulting, LLC
was created to bring new electrophoresis testing technology to the clinical
and research markets. Our mission is to provide access to tests which
dramatically increase the identification of individuals at risk of disease and
thereby extend their years of productivity, health and enjoyment through early
prevention and intervention. Our goal is to provide the individual and
medical professional with the knowledge to take a stronger role in
preventative care and intervention. The lead analyst has more than 30 years
experience with specific focus on the electrophoresis of blood samples since
1974. Longevitytesting.com was developed as a communications and
marketing tool by
Morris Consulting, LLC.