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.

Bentonville Integrative Medicine

Bentonville, Arkansas

Bentonville is a city in Northwest Arkansas, and county seat of Benton County, Arkansas, United States The population was 35,301 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Fayetteville–Springdale–Rogers, AR-MO Metropolitan Statistical Area. Bentonville is also home to the Wal-Mart Home Offices, headquarters of Wal-Mart Stores, the largest employer and retailer in the world.
The city was named after Senator Thomas Hart Benton of Missouri. Senator Benton helped Arkansas obtain statehood in 1836, and his namesake, Bentonville, became the first town established in Benton County. Two years later, in 1838, thousands of Cherokee Indians from Georgia passed through Benton County as part of the Trail of Tears route to Indian Territory in what is now Oklahoma. During the Civil War, Bentonville was occupied by Union forces, and several of the city’s buildings were burned. After the war, the area established a vibrant apple industy, with Benton County becoming the leading apple producing county in the nation in 1901. In the 1920s and 1930s the county developed a reputation as a leader in poultry production, which the area still maintains today.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 21.3 square miles (55.1 km²), of which, 21.2 square miles (55.0 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.09%) is water. (source: https://www.mapquest.com/us/ar/bentonville-282040108)

Things To Do In Bentonville:

Come Spend A Day In Bentonville!

Slaughter Pen Hollow Multi-Use Trail System
The Slaughter Pen Hollow Multi-Use Trail System provides access to a variety of BMX trails for riders of differing skill levels. The trails are located near a dog park and a local bike shop.

Compton Garden
With interlacing trails and paths, visitors at Compton Garden can browse the gardens with labeled plants indicating its species and history. The garden features native plants and has a bridge for visitors to walk on.

Public Square Park
The Public Square Park is a leisure park that is mostly known for its small space and a large statue of the Confederate Soldier James H. Berry. The park features a handful of benches and a fountain.

The Buckyball
Leo Villareal’s Buckyball is part of the permanent collection of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. The thirty foot sculpture is covered in LED tubes that randomly change and is surrounded by reclined benches to facilitate night viewing.

Peel Mansion & Historic Gardens
Built in 1875 by Colonel Samuel West Peel, the mansion and its historic gardens serve as a living display of that period. The garden is an outdoor museum of heritage roses, native plants, and many heirloom varieties of plants that are not usually seen anymore.

Museum of Native American History
The museum gives visitors a glimpse into the life of the first American inhabitants. It is divided into different time periods depicting the changing lives of Native Americans which can be seen through their artifacts.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is not only a museum, but also a park. It is named after the spring which feeds the site’s ponds. Besides the art galleries, it also has a library, a restaurant and themed hiking trails.

Bentonville City Pool
Located inside the Melvin Ford Aquatic Center, the Bentonville City Pool actually comprises multiple pools, including a one foot deep pool for small children, a diving well, and a competition pool for lap swimming.(source: http://www.tripbuzz.com/free-things-to-do/bentonville-ar)

Education in Bentonville

About Bentonville educational system

Bentonville Public School District
90% graduation rate (state – 85%, nation – 81%)
Advanced Placement Curriculum
Above state and national average ACT scores
Top 1,000 High Schools, Newsweek (2005-2013)
18 schools (10 elementary, 4 middle, 3 junior, 2 high)
Silver Award, US News & World Report (2009-2013)
Approved for International Baccalaureate World School (2007)
Voted Northwest Arkansas’ “Best of the Best High Schools’ (2013)
Bentonville High School (BHS) named a Blue Ribbon School (2007)
BHS athletics ranked #1 in the nation, MaxPreps Cup Standings (2014)
Ranked #2 Best High School in Arkansas by U.S. News & World Report (2015)

Charter Schools
Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy
A rigorous classical education in the liberal arts and sciences for grades K-9.

Haas Hall Academy
An accelerated, rigorous math and science based college-preparatory, open-enrollment charter school for grades 8-12.
Ranked the best public school in Arkansas by U.S. News and World Reports. (2015)

Private Schools
Ambassadors for Christ Academy
Bentonville Seventh Day Adventist School
Bentonville Christian Academy
New Heights 4 Kids
Northwest Arkansas Providence Academy (Rogers)
Lifeway Christian (Centerton)
St. Vincent DePaul Catholic (Rogers)

Northwest Arkansas Community College
Northwest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) is a comprehensive, public two-year college with its main campus in Bentonville. It is one of the fastest growing in the state of Arkansas and is accredited through the year 2020 by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

University of Arkansas – Fayetteville
Founded in 1871 as a land-grant college and state university, the University of Arkansas established its campus on a hilltop overlooking the Ozark Mountains. The university is the state’s foremost partner and resource for education and economic development. It serves as the major provider of graduate-level instruction in Arkansas. (source: http://www.bentonvillear.com/about-bentonville)

History Of Bentonville:

Elgin is rich in Bentonville!

Early history

The area now known as Bentonville’s first known use by humans was as hunting grounds by the Osage Nation who lived in Missouri. The Osage would leave their settlements to hunt in present-day Benton County for months at a time before returning to their families. White settlers first inhabited the area around 1837 and named their settlement “Osage”. By this time, the Osage had ceased using the area for hunting, and the white settlers began to establish farms. Upon establishment of Benton County on September 30, 1836, Osage was deemed a suitable site for the county seat, and the town square was established as the home of county government the following year. Osage was renamed Bentonville in honor of Thomas Hart Benton, a senator from Missouri who strongly supported Arkansas statehood. The Osage post office was established on December 31, 1836, and renamed Bentonville on January 3, 1843.

Early statehood and Civil War

Two years after Arkansas received statehood in 1836, thousands of Cherokee people from Georgia passed through Benton County as part of the Trail of Tears route to the Indian Territory in what is now Oklahoma. Although no Civil War battles were fought inside Bentonville, the city was occupied by both armies and saw almost all of its buildings burned, either by opposing armies or guerrilla outlaws. Bentonville was a staging point for the Confederate army prior to the Battle of Pea Ridge, fought about 12 miles (19 km) northeast of town, and the town saw a brief skirmish just prior to the battle. The city began to rebuild about a decade after incorporation on April 3, 1873, with many of these Reconstruction Era buildings today serving as the oldest structures in Bentonville.

After the war, the area established a vibrant apple industry, with Benton County becoming the leading apple producing county in the nation in 1901. In the 1920s and 1930s the county developed a reputation as a leader in poultry production, which the area still maintains today. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bentonville,_Arkansas#History)

Bentonville Neighborhood

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Bentonville is a medium-sized city located in the state of Arkansas. With a population of 41,613 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Bentonville is the tenth largest community in Arkansas.

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

Bentonville is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.89% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Bentonville is a city of sales and office workers, professionals and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Bentonville who work in sales jobs (13.82%), management occupations (13.59%) and office and administrative support (13.16%).

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

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Bentonville spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.28 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

Bentonville is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 44.36% of adults in Bentonville have at least a bachelor’s degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Bentonville is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Bentonville home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Bentonville residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Bentonville include German, Irish and English.(source: https://www.neighborhoodscout.com/ar/bentonville/)

 

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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.