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Frequently asked questions


This page is provided in order to address many of the common concerns that patients typically ask about surrounding Clifford Materials Reactivity testing, CCR and its policies and procedures. If you have a question that is not adequately addressed here, you may pose a question online here and our staff will answer it as soon as possible.

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How do I obtain testing?
Is the test Prescriptive?
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?

Testing is obtained through a physician, dentist or other healthcare provider licensed to order blood work in your area. A blood draw is required to prepare a specimen for testing. The specimen is then shipped overnight to Clifford Consulting & Research, Inc. for testing the following business day in the shipping kit provided.

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Is the test Prescriptive (who can order?)

Yes, the Clifford Material Reactivity Test is prescriptive. Thus, it must be ordered by a physician, dentist, or other healthcare provider licensed to order blood work in your area. In certain states tests can be ordered by patients through our third party partner at www.betterlabtestsnow.com.

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

No, this specific kind of lab testing does not require alteration of your diet nor that you fast. However, if other tests are prepared at the same time that do require special dietary considerations or fasting, they will not affect the Clifford Material Reactivity Test.

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Will my medications interfere?

Most medications including antibiotics will not affect the testing. If you have been on a long-term treatment plan that includes cortical steroidal or immunosuppressive medications please consult your healthcare professional before ordering the test.

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How long will it take to get my reports back?

The results are received by the ordering professional within 3-4 days after the specimen is shipped to Clifford Consulting & Research, Inc.

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Can I have a copy of the results?

Copies of the results are automatically provided to the ordering healthcare professional. Please speak with your healthcare professional to obtain a provided copy or submit a records request form to obtain a copy from our lab for a additional fee. Please click here to download the records request form

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Do you bill insurance?

We do not bill nor accept assignment with insurance companies, nor do we respond to insurance inquiries regarding clinical notes, history evaluation, or other such information. Although we can not guarantee nor predict the coverage of your healthcare insurance carrier we do provide a detailed receipt for testing services. This form may aid in seeking reimbursement from your healthcare insurance carrier.

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Do you test for Anesthetics?

Anesthetics susceptibility is not tested in the Clifford Material Reactivity Test. This is an area of interest in our current research and would require a different type of sample for testing.

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Where do I go to get the test prepared?

The blood sample is drawn by the healthcare professional or by their order through a local drawing facility such as a clinic or hospital. An additional fee may be charged for the blood draw and preparation, and is not included in the cost of the Clifford Material Reactivity Test.

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Can I ship my specimen on Thursday or Friday?

Test specimens may be shipped Monday through Thursday to Clifford Consulting and Research, Inc. 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 being separated into serum and removed from the clotting tube specimens drawn on Friday may be stored in a refrigerator or freezer over the weekend.

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Do I need to pay for specimen shipping?

The cost of shipping the specimen is covered when using the shipping materials included in the specimen shipping kit provided by our lab. The return shipping cost of results to the ordering professional is covered by the standard testing fee.

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What does the test screen for?

The Clifford Material Reactivity Test screens for existing systemic reactions associated with 94 chemical groups commonly found in dental and orthopedic restorative materials. The Clifford Material 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 FEDEX shipping labe provided in the kit. 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 existing professional or to help you find a professional by visiting the referal databases listed on our patient resources webpage.

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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)?

The accuracy and precision of the Clifford Material Reactivity test is approximately comparable to testing used for evaluation of blood sugar and cholesterol. This is based on the results of multiple samples drawn over a period of time with an accumulated accuracy of 95% or greater. The precision of repeated testing from a single sample is 97% or greater.

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