Frequently Asked Questions
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
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?
What is the number one killer in America?
Cardio Vascular Disease in both men and women.
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
What is LDL Cholesterol?
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
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
because it makes a direct side-by-side comparison of your pre- and
post-intervention lipoprotein profiles.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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 analytical technique is used for the
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
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
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
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 .