LaCava Center Integrative Medical Highlights

Lyme Disease

Our knowledge of Lyme Disease surfaced in the early 1970s, when a mysterious group of rheumatoid arthritis cases occurred among children in Lyme, Connecticut, and two neighboring towns. Since then we have learned that Lyme Disease has been around for thousands upon thousands of years. It is caused by a corkscrew-shaped bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi. Lyme can affect any organ of the body, including: muscles and joints, the brain and nervous system, and the heart. Lyme is called “The Great Imitator,” because its symptoms mimic many other diseases. Patients with Lyme disease are frequently misdiagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, and various psychiatric illnesses, including depression. This has proven true at The LaCava Center where many patients who have been diagnosed with such illnesses, come to us only to find out that Lyme Disease was the culprit all along.

Lyme’s disease is primarily caused by a tick bite. However, it is also believed by many that Horsefly’s, Deer Fly’s, and other insects such as Mosquitoes are transmitters of the disease as well. Unfortunately, many people believe that if they are bitten by a tick that they only need to worry if a red bulls-eye shows up on their skin. Nothing could be further from the truth! It is estimated that only 16% of patients diagnosed with Lyme disease know of a tick bite, and only a third to a half of people have the bulls-eye rash. Furthermore, ticks are hosts to a number of other viruses and parasites including: Heartland Virus, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Babesiosis, Bartonella, and Anaplasmosis. Click here for more.

Although the prevailing logic is that Lyme is an East Coast disease, it is found throughout the United States, as well as in more than sixty other countries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease in the US every year. About 1.5 times more than the number of women diagnosed with breast cancer, and six times more than the number of people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS each year in the US. However, because of Lyme’s nature it often goes undetected leading many experts to believe the true number of cases is much higher.

At The LaCava Center we have noticed Lyme to be a very smart and debilitating disease. We have seen many cases of false negatives in lab testing and even cases where previous treatment proved ineffective resulting in Chronic Lyme. Such cases caused us to search for a lab with the expertise to properly test for Lyme’s existence. After trial and error, we found just such an experiences lab and now partner with it for almost all of our Lyme testing.

If you have suffered from a debilitating disease and have not gotten better, we encourage you to give us a call today. Also please feel free to check out some of the websites below for resources related to Lyme Disease.

www.lymedisease.org

www.cdc.gov

www.ilads.org

www.webmd.com

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Cancer

In 2016, there will be an estimated 1,685,210 new cancer cases diagnosed and 595,690 cancer deaths in the US. Cancer.org. It seems everyone has been touched in some way by this terrible epidemic. Either you know of someone who has had cancer or worse yet, you have cancer. For many, this diagnosis is almost a certified death sentence. But, at The LaCava Center for Integrative Medicine we believe that it doesn’t have to be this way.

In the mid 90’s, Dr. LaCava was personally touched by cancer when his Father was diagnosed with stomach cancer. In essence, his Father became his first cancer patient. Since then, Dr. LaCava has treated hundreds of cancer patients spanning the spectrum of ages, stages, and types of cancer. Utilizing an Integrative Oncology approach, The LaCava Center utilizes evidence based complementary therapies in concert with traditional medical treatments, in an effort to improve overall efficacy and symptom control, while also working to alleviate patient distress and suffering. 

As a founding member of the International Organization of Integrative Cancer Physicians, Dr. LaCava has helped to pioneer the Integrative Oncology approach to cancer treatment, and further continues his ongoing and evolving education in this field through membership with such groups as Best Answer for Cancer. As an example of our practices ongoing evolution, with passage in Illinois of the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, and the opening of Medical Cannabis dispensaries in November of 2015, Dr. LaCava expanded The LaCava Center’s treatments by utilizing high THC medical cannabis as a therapy to alleviate pain in cancer patients. Moreover, encouraged by the research surrounding Cannabidiol (CBD) and it’s potential as an adjunctive cancer therapy, we have begun to explore its efficacy by utilizing high CBD and low THC strains of medical cannabis. By doing so, we continue to innovate and provide our patients with the very best that integrative and alternative medicine has to offer.

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Mold Exposure

Exposure to mold can be a very serious health concern that is often overlooked in conventional medicine. Mold and fungus produce very toxic chemicals called mycotoxins.

Different species of Mold produce different toxins and people will suffer a wide range of different symptoms. The symptom picture often includes:

  • Brain Fog
  • Depression or Mood Swings
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Skin Sensitivity and Rashes
  • Unexplained allergic sensitivities and immune hypersensitivity
  • Headaches
  • Breathing Problems
  • Memory Loss, short term
  • Chronic Sinusitis, Ear Infections or Bronchitis
  • Nausea and/or Vomiting

Mold Sickness and related illnesses from Mold Exposure are real. Mold has been linked to Lung Damage, Brain Damage, Cancer and even Death. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and the Journals of American Medicine, all agree that Mold Fine Particulate are dangerous to human health.

We work with Croft Pathology to have your excretion of mycotoxins measured. Testing of your environment may also be warranted to determine the site and degree of exposure. In some cases a tissue biopsy may be necessary, this can be helpful in legal cases.

Upon determination of mycotoxin severity, a treatment protocol will be implemented. This may include, dietary changes, nutritional supplements, pharmaceutical anti-fungals, therapeutic baths and recommendations for your living or work environment.

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Ozone Therapy (Oxidative IV)

Bio-oxidative Medicine is the term first used by Charles Farr, M.D., Ph.D., in 1986 to describe utilizing the principles of oxidation to improve health. For this work, Dr. Farr was nominated to receive the 1993 Nobel Prize for Medicine.

To understand Bio-oxidative Medicine it is important to first differentiate the terms Oxygenation and Oxidation. These terms refer to two different metabolic processes that are unrelated.

Oxygenation signifies an increase in the number of oxygen molecules especially as it relates to the uptake and utilization of oxygen at the cellular level. Although Oxygenation therapies can help improve health, they are not part of Bio-oxidative Medicine. However, Oxygenation therapies can be used in conjunction with the therapies used in Bio-oxidative Medicine.

In chemistry, Oxidation is the loss or transfer of electrons from one atom or molecule to another. The opposite of oxidation is reduction in which electrons are gained. Together, this exchange of electrons, called reduction and oxidation, is referred to as redox. All life processes are dependent upon redox. Redox initiates chemical reactions. Life and healing are dependent on a dynamic chemical balance in the body and that chemical balance is dependent on redox. Improving healthy redox is the foundation of Bio-Oxidative Medicine.

As a result of many factors in modern life, such as excess stress, poor nutrition, exposure to radiation and pollution of our air, water and food, the body’s oxidative and antioxidant systems can become overwhelmed. This results in a negative effect on the function of the cells in the body and on the body’s immune system and its ability to defend against infections, allergens, toxins, carcinogens and other stresses of life. Bio-oxidative therapies, like the use of Hydrogen Peroxide Therapy and Ozone Therapy, stimulate the body’s redox systems and help return the body to balance and health.Bio-oxidative Medicine is the term first used by Charles Farr, M.D., Ph.D., in 1986 to describe utilizing the principles of oxidation to improve health. For this work, Dr. Farr was nominated to receive the 1993 Nobel Prize for Medicine.

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Insulin Potentiation Therapy (IPT)

Insulin potentiation therapy (IPT) has been around for a long time. IPT was discovered by Donato Perez Garcia, M.D., and developed by him in Mexico City during the 1930s and 1940s. Following its discovery, its chief practitioners were three generations of the Garcia doctors, who called it cellular therapy or Donatian therapy. In the 1970s or 1980s it was renamed IPT.

IPT (Insulin Potentiation Therapy) is a medical procedure that uses the hormone insulin, followed by glucose, to deliver drugs to the body in smaller doses. The process helps to utilize and concentrate the particular drugs introduced, thus helping to make them more effective, while also helping to reduce possible side effects.

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Robert LaCava, M.D. founded The LaCava Center for Integrative Medicine over 10 years ago. He partners with patients to achieve their ideal health, through alternative and traditional treatments. Dr. LaCava has four children, three grandchildren and more sure to follow. During his spare time he enjoys grilling out and spending time with family. He also is passionate about helping others with limited resources, and recently experienced a life changing medical mission trip to Africa. His dream is to return and continue helping to heal those sick and in desperate need.

Batavia Integrative Medicine

Batavia, Illinois

Batavia was founded in 1833, and is the oldest city in Kane County, Illinois, with a small portion in DuPage County. During the Industrial Revolution, Batavia became known as ‘The Windmill City’ for being the largest windmill producer of the time. Fermilab, a federal government-sponsored high-energy physics laboratory, where both the bottom quark and top quarks were first detected, is located here. Batavia is part of a Tri-Cities area, along with St. Charles and Geneva. Its population has been increasing, from 23,866 in the 2000 U.S. census, 25,246 in 2003 to 27,502 in the 2008 U.S. Census Bureau census

Batavia was first settled in 1835. The town was named by local judge and former Congressman Isaac Wilson in 1840 after his previous home of Batavia, New York. Batavia was on the front lines of the Black Hawk War in which Abraham Lincoln was a citizen soldier, and Zachary Taylor and Jefferson Davis were Army officers. Although there is no direct evidence that any of them were actually in Batavia, there are writings by Lincoln that refer to “Head of the Big Woods”, which was the original name of Batavia given by its original settler, Christopher Payne. Mary Todd Lincoln was an involuntary resident of the Batavia Institute in 1875.

In the late 19th century, Batavia was a major manufacturer of the Conestoga wagons used in the country’s westward expansion. Into the early 20th century, most of the windmill operated waterpumps in use throughout America’s farms were made at one of the three windmill manufacturing companies in Batavia. Many of the original limestone buildings that were part of these factories are still in use today as government and commercial offices and storefronts. The Aurora Elgin and Chicago Railway constructed a power plant in southern Batavia and added a branch to the city in 1902. The Campana Factory was built in 1936 to manufacture cosmetics for The Campana Company, most notably Italian Balm, the nation’s best-selling hand lotion at the time. (source: https://www.mapquest.com/us/il/batavia-282039557)

Things To Do In Batavia:

Come Spend A Day In Batavia!

Red Oak Nature Center
Situated on 40 acres of wilderness, Red Oak Nature Center offers a variety of educational experiences for children to learn about native plant and animal life in the area. In addition to trails, the park has a cave to explore.

Batavia Bark Park
Batavia Bark Park is loved by locals and their canine friends. The park offers wide open grassy spaces for dogs to run freely, as well as fire hydrants and shady trees.

Harold Hall Quarry Beach
Harold Hall Quarry Beach is a man-made beach alongside a quarry with a man-made pool. It features a water slide, public restrooms with showers, and picnic areas with barbecue grills.

Fusion South Volleyball
Fusion South Volleyball is a volleyball facility with multiple courts. The facility provides leagues with experienced coaches and administrators, and offers open practice times as well as scheduled games and seasons.

Water Street Studios Gallery
Specializing in contemporary art, Water Street Studios hosts 18 art exhibits each year between the main gallery and the auxiliary Kane County Chronicle gallery. The facility also offers classes of various kinds.

Batavia Depot Museum
The Batavia Depot Museum is dedicated to preserving the rich history of Batavia, Illinois. The museum carries historical church records, photographs, court records, scrapbooks and artifacts.

Fabyan Villa Museum & Japanese Garden
Famous for being redesigned by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Fabyan Villa Museum & Japanese Garden exhibits a limited number of the original furnishes, as well as Fabyan’s personal artifact collection. (source: http://www.tripbuzz.com/free-things-to-do/batavia-il)

 

Education in Batavia

About Batavia educational system

Early Schools
The 1st school in Big Woods was a 1 room log cabin built in 1835. This cabin remained in use until a new one was built at the corner of Fayette and Park Streets and it was not in use for very long. Another east side school was built at Washington Street near Wilson Street in 1860, but in 1893 it burnt down. Another school was rebuilt on the same property and was called the East Side School until the named was changed to the Louise White School. In 1978, a new Louise White School was built at 800 North Prairie Street.
West Side School
From 1846 until 1852, west side students went to school in an old church at 16 North Batavia Avenue. In 1852, a school was built where the Bethany Lutheran Church is today. In 1867, another school was built and it was called Central School but later renamed to the West Side School. The school was torn down in 1950.

Blaine Street School
Blaine Street School was opened in 1906 on the corners of Blaine and Jefferson for the west side students. It was closed down in 1969. Today it is a school for house painters.

Batavia Institute
In 1854 the Batavia Institute was built on Jefferson and Union Avenue. Since not many towns had high schools, the students came from all over Illinois. When the law was passed that towns had to have a high school, the Batavia Institute became a mental hospital. Mary Todd Lincoln was a patient for 3 months after the assassination of her husband President Lincoln. The building is now an apartment house.
West Side High School & Louise White School
After the law stating that all towns were to have a high school, the old church on First Street became the West Side High School and the high school students living on the east side of town went to the Louise White School.

Batavia High School
Rather than having separate east and west side school systems, Batavia voted to unite the school systems. First built was the Batavia High School at the corner of Batavia Avenue and Wilson Street. When a new high school was built at it’s current location, the old building became the Junior High School. The building has since been demolished to make way for the Batavia Public Library. The current middle school is on South Raddant. (source: http://www.cityofbatavia.net/383/Schools)

History Of Batavia:

Batavia is rich in history!

Batavia was first settled in 1833 by Christopher Payne and his family. Originally called Big Woods for the wild growth throughout the settlement, the town was renamed by local judge and former Congressman Isaac Wilson in 1840 after his former home of Batavia, New York. Because Judge Wilson owned the majority of the town, he was given permission to rename the city.

The settlement of Batavia was delayed one year by the Black Hawk War, in which Abraham Lincoln was a citizen soldier, and Zachary Taylor and Jefferson Davis were Army officers. Although there is no direct evidence that Lincoln, Taylor, or Davis actually visited the future site of Batavia, there are writings by Lincoln that refer to “Head of the Big Woods,” which was the original name of Batavia given by its first settler, Christopher Payne. The city was incorporated on July 27, 1872.

After the death of her husband, Mary Todd Lincoln was an involuntary resident of the Batavia Institute on May 20, 1875. Mrs. Lincoln was released four months later on September 11, 1875. In the late 19th century, Batavia was a major manufacturer of the Conestoga wagons used in the country’s westward expansion. Into the early 20th century, most of the windmill operated waterpumps in use throughout America’s farms were made at one of the three windmill manufacturing companies in Batavia. Many of the original limestone buildings that were part of these factories are still in use today as government and commercial offices and storefronts. The Aurora Elgin and Chicago Railway constructed a power plant in southern Batavia and added a branch to the city in 1902. The Campana Factory was built in 1936 to manufacture cosmetics for The Campana Company, most notably Italian Balm, the nation’s best-selling hand lotion at the time. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batavia,_Illinois#History)

Batavia Neighborhood

Check out Batavia Neighborhood!

Batavia is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 26,424 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Batavia is the 83rd largest community in Illinois.

Batavia real estate is some of the most expensive in Illinois, although Batavia house values don’t compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Batavia is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 86.64% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Batavia is a city of professionals, sales and office workers and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Batavia who work in management occupations (17.38%), sales jobs (12.66%) and office and administrative support (12.22%).

Also of interest is that Batavia has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Batavia is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Batavia’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

The people who call Batavia home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Batavia residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. (source: https://www.neighborhoodscout.com/il/batavia/)

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