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Frequently asked questions


This page is provided in order to address many of the common questions that patients typically ask about Clifford Materials Reactivity testing, our policies and procedures. If you have a question that is not adequately addressed here please contact us for more information.

How do I obtain testing?
Is the test Prescriptive (who can order?)

Do I need to fast or alter my diet for testing?
Will my medications interfere?

How long will it take to get my reports back?
Can I have a copy of the results?
Do you bill insurance?
Do you test for Anesthetics?
Where do I go to get the test prepared?
Can I ship my specimen on Thursday or Friday?
Do I need to pay for specimen shipping?
What does the test screen for?
Has my specimen arrived at the lab?
What dentist or physician offers this testing in my area?
How long are the test results good for?
How accurate is the test (are there false negatives or positives)?


How do I obtain testing?

Depending on your local laws testing is obtained through a physician, dentist or other healthcare provider licensed to order blood work in your area. Some states allow for ordering services to assist you in obtaining testing, we use Betterlabtestsnow.com as our partner where allowed by law. A blood draw is required to prepare a specimen for testing. The specimen is then shipped overnight to Clifford Consulting & Research, Inc. with the included shipping materials provided in the kit.

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Is the test Prescriptive (who can order?)

Yes, the Clifford Materials Reactivity Test is a blood based test that requires a prescription in many states and countries. Local laws determine who may order blood work in your area. In some states a ordering service may be used, in such cases we have partnered with Betterlabtestsnow.com. Our policy for offering service is to work through Physicians, Dentists, and licensed professionals or through Betterlabtestsnow.com where allowed by law.

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Do I need to fast or alter my diet for testing?

No, our lab testing is not effected by diet or fasting.

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Will my medications interfere?

Most medications, including antibiotics and antihistamines, will not effect our testing. If you have been on a long-term treatment plan that includes cortical-steroids or immunosuppressive medications, please consult with your healthcare professional before ordering the test.

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How long will it take to get my reports back?

The results are returned to the ordering professional within 3 business days for paper copies (USA) and same day as testing for electronic copies of testing.

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Can I have a copy of the results?

The results are automatically provided to the ordering healthcare professional. Please speak with your doctor to obtain a copy. Your may also send us a records request form to obtain additional copies. There is an additional fee for these subsequent printed or electronic copies. Click Here for the Form

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Do you bill insurance?

We do not bill insurance, accept insurance assignment, or respond to insurance inquiries regarding protected patient information. We do not participate with the US Medicare nor Medicaid programs. Although we cannot guarantee nor predict the coverage of your healthcare insurance carrier, we do provide a detailed receipt for testing services with procedural codes (CPT).

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Do you test for Anesthetics?

Anesthetic susceptibility is not tested in the Clifford Materials Reactivity Test.
This is an area of great interest in our current research. We do cover the major preservatives used in local anesthetics.

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Where do I go to get the test prepared?

The blood sample is drawn by a healthcare professional or on their order through a local drawing facility. An additional fee may be charged for the blood draw and preparation by the drawing service which is not included in our testing fee.

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Can I ship my specimen on Thursday or Friday?

It is best to ship your specimen Monday through Thursday to our laboratory for testing. We do ask that no specimens be shipped on Friday as there are no available personnel on the weekends to accept the shipment and store the specimen. After the serum is separated and transfered from the clotting tube to the transport tube, the serum specimens drawn after Thursday may be stored in a refrigerator or freezer until the following Monday.

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Do I need to pay for specimen shipping?

The cost of shipping the specimen is covered by us when using the included shipping materials in the specimen shipping kit provided by our lab. Specimens sent using any other shipping document or shipping company must be paid by the sender. The return shipping cost of results to the ordering professional is covered by Clifford Consulting & Research, Inc. in the standard testing fee.

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What does the test screen for?

The Clifford Materials Reactivity Test screens for existing systemic reactions associated with 94 chemical groups and compounds commonly found in dental and orthopedic restorative materials. The Clifford Materials Reactivity Test is not intended as an allergy detection test.

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Has my specimen arrived at the lab?

Domestic specimen shipments may be tracked by the tracking number on the preprinted return shipping label by going to the internet and logging on to fedex.com. International specimen shipments may also be tracked through the shipping company used.

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What Dentist or Physician offers this testing in my area?

Testing may be ordered by any dentist, physician, or healthcare professional licensed to order blood work in your area. We would be happy to work with your preferred professional. Alternately, we may be able to help you find a professional from your area by using the referal databases listed on our patient resources page.

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How long are the test results good for?

Results can and do change over time. For most relatively healthy adults results should be stable for at least 18 to 24 months. There may be some healthcare treatments or new material exposures that can change results for better or worse. Your healthcare professional is the best source for information regarding the usability of the results over time.

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How accurate is the test (are there false negatives or positives)?

As with any biological lab testing, both false positives and false negatives can occur. The accuracy and precision of the Clifford Materials Reactivity test is approximately comparable to testing used for evaluation of blood sugar and cholesterol. Based upon the results of multiple samples drawn over a period of several days, the accuracy is about 95% or greater. The precision of repeated testing from a single sample is about 97% or greater.

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