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.

Burr Ridge Integrative Medicine

Burr Ridge, Illinois

Burr Ridge is generally bounded on the east by Wolf Road, on the north by 55th Street, on the west by Madison Street (and Route 83 in the southern portion of the Village) and on the south by approximately 97th Street. Ideally situated at the intersection of the Tri-State Tollway and the Stevenson Expressway, Burr Ridge offers easy access to Chicago’s Loop and airports. (source:http://www.burr-ridge.gov/visitors/location/ )

Burr Ridge is a high-quality suburban community with low-density neighborhoods characterized by distinctive homes in natural settings.  The Village accommodates residents who seek a sense of privacy in a tranquil environment.  We desire to enhance the Village’s physical beauty, keeping Burr Ridge ” A Very Special Place”. (source: http://www.burr-ridge.gov/)

Things To Do In Burr Ridge:

Come Spend A Day In Burr Ridge!

Burr Ridge has a plethora of shops to meet your every shopping need! From groceries and fine foods at Brookhaven, delectable bakery goods from Kirsten’s Bakery, and fine wines from the County Wine Merchant at County Line Square; to the upscale clothing stores of Chico’s, JJill, Soma, Loft, and Eddie Bauer at the Village Center, Burr Ridge has it all. Don’t forget about Fido at home! With Two Boston’s unique boutique pet supply store, you can even find a treat for him – or her. Not sure what you need? There are plenty of nearby restaurants in both locations to ponder your choices, have a glass of wine, or just relax. Either way, Burr Ridge is full of shop-portunity!!

Burr Ridge has four luxurious hotels for you to stay in while you visit – The Marriott, Spring Hill Suites, Extended Stay America, and the Crowne Plaza (opening soon!). Whether your visit is for business, pleasure, or both, they are sure to have the right accommodations to meet your specific needs – and exceed them. Come stay in Burr Ridge – you’ll be glad you did!

Burr Ridge has a wide variety of restaurants to please your culinary tastes! From casual to formal, we’ve got something for everyone.

Events at Burr Ridge

Education in Burr Ridge

About Burr Ridge educational system

Burr Ridge School District 180 students continue to show growth on state and national test scores, outperforming expectations.  On 80% of grade levels tested in Reading and Math Burr Ridge 180 students showed growth on the ISAT scores even after adjusting for the new cut scores.  In Science every tested grade showed improvement.  In Reading the largest gains were shown in students matriculating from 7th to 8th grade, who improved 12 points on the assessment.  Students moving from 6th to 7th grade improved 10 points, and from 5th to 6th grade students improved 8 points.  In Math students going from 6th to 7th grade saw a growth in scores of 14 points and students going from 3rd to 4th grade improved 11 points. (source: http://www.ccsd180.org/)

Primary schools

  • Burr Ridge Community Consolidated School District 180 (Anne M. Jeans Elementary School, Burr Ridge Middle School)
  • Gower School District 62 (Gower West Elementary School, Gower Middle School)
  • Hinsdale School District 181 (Elm School, Hinsdale Middle School)
  • Pleasantdale School District 107 (Pleasantdale Elementary School, Pleasantdale Middle School)
  • Trinity Lutheran School

High schools

(source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burr_Ridge,_Illinois#Education)

History Of Burr Ridge:

Burr Ridge is rich in history!

The area which is now Burr Ridge was once the home of the Sioux, Pottawattamie, Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. After an 1835 treaty, most of the Indians were relocated west of the Mississippi. In the early 1950’s the area was sparsely settled and large tracts of land were devoted to farming. The gently rolling hills and wooded sections of the eastern portion of the area were, for the most part, divided into five acre tracts.

On October 20, 1956, in the garage of a residence on Drew Avenue, 143 residents of Robert Bartlett’s Estates (the one square mile area bounded by Old Route 66, County Line Road, 79th Street and the east line of the Denemark Farm, which is now Burr Ridge Industrial commons) cast their votes on the question of incorporation. Two days later, the results were official (76 votes for and 67 against) and on October 30, 1956, the incorporation of the Village of Harvester was confirmed. The new Village had approximately 75 homes and a population of less than 300.

In August, 1961, the territory north of Route 66, including the 414 acre International Harvester research facility (now the CNH Industrial facility and the Fieldstone, High Grove, Oak Grove and Chestnut Hills developments) was annexed to the Village. The annexation included the area known as Burr Ridge Estates, which had been developed into five acre tracts in the early 1950s by the Busby family, whose farm included the ridge along County Line Road near Plainfield road that they called the “burr ridge” due to the large stand of burr oak trees. In August, 1962, the name of the community was changed to Burr Ridge. The burr oak leaf became the Village emblem. Its unofficial slogan – “A Very Special Place” – was the title of a small book written in 1976 to reflect on the Village’s pride at the time of its 20th Anniversary.

It was a small start for the community which, in 1984, became the first in DuPage County to provide Lake Michigan water to all its customers and which would, by 1997, become known as one of the 300 wealthiest communities in America. With the goal of preserving the hallmark woodlands, ponds and wetlands, while permitting orderly and balanced low-density growth, the Village fathers, in the years after incorporation, monitored the transformation of large tracts of open farmland and woodlands that would, by the 2006 special census, become a planned community of approximately seven square miles, with 11,259 residents residing in 3,000 homes. Today, Burr Ridge is generally bounded on the east by Wolf Road, on the north by 55th Street, on the west by Madison Street (and Route 83 in the southern portion of the Village) and on the south by approximately 97th Street. Ideally situated at the intersection of the Tri-State Tollway and the Stevenson Expressway, Burr Ridge offers easy access to Chicago’s Loop and airports.

The burr oaks still exist in Burr Ridge, along with fine homes on generous lots and distinguished townhome communities. Local shopping and high quality office parks have been blended into this natural setting, attracting those who become both residents and valued members of the business community. The well-balanced mix of the business and residential communities has allowed Burr Ridge to maintain a healthy corporate fund and one of the lowest tax rates in DuPage County.

Burr Ridge truly is “A Very Special Place.” (source: http://www.burr-ridge.gov/visitors/the-history-of-burr-ridge/)

Burr Ridge Neighborhood

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Burr Ridge is a somewhat small village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 10,761 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Burr Ridge is the 215th largest community in Illinois.

Burr Ridge home prices are not only among the most expensive in Illinois, but Burr Ridge real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Burr Ridge is a decidedly white-collar village, with fully 93.77% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Burr Ridge is a village of professionals, managers and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Burr Ridge who work in healthcare (21.46%), management occupations (20.25%) and sales jobs (13.39%).

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

A relatively large number of people in Burr Ridge telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 10.16% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

In addition, Burr Ridge is home to many people who could be described as “urban sophisticates”. Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. “Urban sophisticates” is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call ‘urbaneness’. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

Because of many things, Burr Ridge is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Burr Ridge really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Burr Ridge perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

One downside of living in Burr Ridge, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.71 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

In Burr Ridge, a lot of people use the train to get to work every day though Burr Ridge is a relatively small village. Those that ride the train are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities. (source: https://www.neighborhoodscout.com/il/burr-ridge/)

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