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What is Normal?

In the world of modern medical science normality for the patient has no "internal" definition determined by the status of the individual, this fact underlines the serious shortcomings of modern laboratory tests, which are based upon the accuracy and reliability of "normal ranges".

The person with optimum health and well being for instance, would be decidedly abnormal if others lack such qualities. After over 200 years of “modern medical science” is no more able to understand or define internal normality or optimum health than was the case 200 years ago.

What is wrong with the definition of Normal?

The determination of normal ranges is based upon surveys of people who have been clinically assessed as being "normal", the assumption being made that such persons are completely "normal" in every respect and therefore every one of their biochemical markers will also be exactly "normal" at all times.  If for instance, because of the existence of a disease susceptibility or sub clinical disease, participants in such trials have blood values which lie outside the "normal range", then since such participants have been declared "normal", the normal range must be extended to include this data.

What percentage of first heart attack deaths had "normal" cholesterol levels by today's National Cholesterol Education Program guidelines?

50%

What is the number one killer in America?

Cardio Vascular Disease in both men and women.

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What is HDL Cholesterol?

High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol is called the “good cholesterol” because the HDL functions like “sweepers” gathering up excess cholesterol and returning it to the liver for recycling.

What is LDL Cholesterol?ldl cholesterol particle size - larger is better for longevity

LDL is called “bad cholesterol” because excess amounts of even normal size particles increase the heart attack risk.  In addition, the presence of LDL Pattern B, small dense LDL particles, increases the risk of heart attack three-fold.  Abnormal LDL particles may be present due to heredity and/or environmental stress factors, and can not be detected by standard cholesterol testing.

Why do I need Cholesterol?

The body needs a certain amount of cholesterol to function properly. Cholesterol circulates in the bloodstream combined with fat (lipid) and protein in the form of complex particles called lipoproteins.

 How can I tell if my intervention efforts are working?

Each of us has a unique biological and chemical profile.  Therefore, comparing our individual profile to a national average has very limited preventative value. Comparisons to the national norms are used to define the presence of a disease for insurance reimbursed medical treatment.  The more appropriate method to detect changes as a result of lifestyle changes and interventions is to monitor the resulting changes in the individual's biological and chemical profile.  Changes in an individual’s lipoprotein particle size profile may be present due to heredity and/or environmental stress factors, and cannot be detected by standard cholesterol testing.  Small changes in particle size profile which are the result of positive interventions can be accurately measured by the Longevity Test, because it makes a direct side-by-side comparison of your pre- and post-intervention lipoprotein profiles.

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Clinical LDL particle size testing identifies Normal and Abnormal low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol particles.

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists Medical Guidelines lists small dense LDL as a lipid risk factor for Coronary Artery Disease in patients with diabetes.

Evidence Supports LDL Particle Size Test

There is ample evidence the predominance of small, dense LDL is a reflection metabolic abnormalities, all of which are independent precursors of cardiovascular disease. [quote]

Improved Technology Detects Coronary Artery Disease Risk

LDL Particle Size Distribution Testing was approved by Medicare in 1999 it helps identify at-risk individuals, improves patient management, and reduces the cost of coronary artery disease treatment.  The Longevity Test is not be approved for insurance payment.  The Longevity Test provides results on each person’s unique LDL and HDL cholesterol distribution.  The testing protocol evaluates changes in size distribution of both LDL and HDL lipoproteins over time. 

When a person has smaller size LDL-cholesterol, many more particles are needed to carry the same amount of cholesterol in the blood stream.  This increased number of particles may interfere with efficient removal of LDL-cholesterol from the bloodstream by the liver. 

 LDL Pattern B is a smaller abnormal LDL-cholesterol particle size distribution.  These abnormally small lipoprotein particles are more susceptible to oxidation and are present in over 30% of adult men.  These pattern B particle can more easily penetrate the artery walls.

Larger particle sized LDL and HDL associated with exceptional human longevity. [quote]

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Why are we providing a research test?

The government passed laws regulating blood testing and the acquiring of blood samples.  One law requires any laboratory reporting clinical results to patients or physicians for the diagnosis or treatment of a disease to be licensed.

When Integrated Health Research (IHR) was audited for a license to provide clinical testing, the local auditor's interpretation of the governmental requirements had changed from previous communications with state and federal officials.  The local auditor stated current regulations required IHR to use an FDA-compliant particle size standard developed for our size distribution tests.  Unfortunately, no FDA compliant lipoprotein particle size standard exist for anyone, including the Centers For Disease Control.  Therefore, Morris Consulting, LLC chose to commercialize the test as a research test rather than wait for the commercialization of an FDA compliant standard.

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 particle size distribution test was under development as a clinical test for ~ 10 years as a  clinical test for use by doctors and patients.  This particle size distribution test was uniquely able to monitor an individual's change in cholesterol carrying particle size distribution. 

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 Integrative Health Research to provide physicians and the public timely access to this test information as a research test via LongevityTesting.com.

Morris Consulting, LLC  must comply with government regulations on all the following:

  • the definition of a research test

  • marketing

  • 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 clinical regulations.  

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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.  A list published in 2001 is provided as a pdf file

Will insurance providers pay for the Longevity Test?

The cost of research tests are NOT normally covered by health insurance providers, Medicare or Medicaid. Contact the health insurance provider for specific information.

What analytical technique is used for the Longevity Test?

The Longevity Test HDL and LDL Particle Size Distributions separate cholesterol containing particles into specific groups based on actual particle size.  This separation is accomplished by placing a blood sample on an electrophoresis gel.  Electricity is used to cause the cholesterol particles to migrate through the gel.  The gel has the largest pores at the top.  The pore size gets smaller as the sample travels down the gel.  The HDL and LDL cholesterol particles stop when they reach a region that matches their particle size.  The distribution of HDL and LDL particles is determined. 

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How can I order the Longevity Test in states that restrict direct access testing?

In states without open access to direct access testing, the test can be requested by your physician or by the staff physician at Integrative Health Research.

What are other clinical laboratory tests measuring?

All other laboratory tests look for a defined “health deficiencies”.  These deficiencies are determined by laboratory tests that look for bad genetics, the presence of free radicals, or an abnormal quantity of biological chemical that is related to a specific disease processes.

Who is sponsoring the LongevityTesting.com?

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.  Areas of investigation has included clinical test development and evaluation as well as investigating means to monitor alternative therapies.  Our goal is to provide the individual with the knowledge to take a strong personal role in their own preventative care and intervention actions.  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 tool by Morris Consulting, LLC . 

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