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.

Dayton Integrative Medicine

Dayton, Ohio

Dayton is a bustling urban center surrounded by close-knit neighborhoods. It is a manufacturing
giant becoming an innovative hub for technology. It is a hotbed for fine arts, ranked among the very best in the nation. It is the epicenter of international aviation and aerospace. It is home to bountiful and well-maintained parks and rivers. It is the virtual center of commerce in America.

But the City of Dayton is, first and foremost, defined by its people.

Innovators, inventors and dreamers mix seamlessly with hard-working tradespeople in pursuit of the American dream. It is filled with vitality and resilience. A unique blend of palpable energy and
unmistakable optimism. And yet, it remains balanced with Midwestern pragmatism. Dayton is a city steeped in history, yet perfectly positioned for the future.

Here are just a few ways Dayton is leading the way and fostering a livable, innovative and sustainable community. (source: http://www.daytonohio.gov/599/Birthplace-of-Next)

Things To Do In Dayton:

Come Spend A Day In Dayton!

Dayton is a destination packed with big-city experiences, amenities, attractions and shopping wrapped in small-town charm.

Relax in natural splendor when you explore Dayton’s robust network of parks, bike paths and rivers.

Delight in big city culture when you take in world-class visual art and professional opera, ballet, orchestra and theater performances.

Reflect on aviation history when you walk in the steps of the Wright Brothers at Carillon Historical Park, the National Museum of the United States Air Force or the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park.

Connect with family, colleagues or peers as you explore the city Forbes Magazine named the Happiest Place to Work.

Savor sophisticated drinks and dining with restaurants and bars serving up flavors made for all palates and price points.

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Discover aviation, innovation and excitement in Dayton and Montgomery County.

When it comes to attractions, the sky’s the limit in Dayton!

No matter how varied your interests may be, there is a wealth of Dayton attractions that are sure to educate and entertain everyone in your group!

From the outskirts of the city to the downtown core, you’ll find an incredible selection of diverse, world-class Dayton attractions for you and your family to discover. Several are even FREE, such as the National Museum of the United States Air Force. Check out an 800-year-old Native American village, then explore, dream and learn at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery. Plus, visit a 350-acre organic farm, an art-deco style showroom for classic cars, paintings crafted by master artists and the many aviation attractions Dayton has to offer.

Browse our alphabetical list of Dayton attractions and start crafting your itinerary. If you’re looking for things to do in Dayton – look no further.

Dayton’s selection of music, dance, theater and visual arts performances is what truly makes the birthplace of aviation soar to new heights. Breathtaking exhibits by master artists will leave you in awe, while world-renowned establishments such as the Dayton Ballet, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Dayton Opera and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will undoubtedly fascinate and impress you. If you wish for drama and inspiration, you’ll certainly find it here in the vibrant Dayton arts community.

There are so many things to do in Dayton, you’ll hardly know where to begin. (source: http://www.daytoncvb.com/things-to-do/)

Education in Dayton

About Dayton educational system

The Dayton area was ranked tenth for higher education among metropolitan areas in the United States by Forbes in 2009. The city is home to two major universities. TheUniversity of Dayton is a private, Catholic institution founded in 1850 by the Marianist order, which has the only American Bar Association (ABA)-approved law school in the Dayton area. The University of Dayton is Ohio’s largest private university and is also home to the University of Dayton Research Institute, which ranks third in the nation for sponsored materials research, and the Center for Tissue Regeneration and Engineering at Dayton, which focuses on human tissue regeneration.

The public Wright State University became a state university in 1967. Wright State University established the National Center for Medical Readiness, a national training program for disaster preparedness and relief. Wright State’s Boonshoft School of Medicine is the Dayton area’s only medical school and is a leader in biomedical research.

Dayton is also home to Sinclair Community College, the largest community college at a single location in Ohio and one of the nation’s largest community colleges. Sinclair is acclaimed as one of the country’s best community colleges. Sinclair was founded as the YMCA college in 1887.

Dayton is also home to Miami-Jacobs College, the International School of Broadcasting, and the Dayton School of Medical Massage. Other schools just outside Dayton that shape the educational landscape are Antioch College and Antioch University, both in Yellow Springs, Kettering College of Medical Arts and School of Advertising Art inKettering, DeVry University in Beavercreek, and Clark State Community College in Springfield. The Air Force Institute of Technology, which was founded in 1919 and serves as a graduate school for the United States Air Force, is at the nearby Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Public schools
The Dayton Public Schools operates 34 schools that serve 16,855 students, including:
Paul Laurence Dunbar High
Thurgood Marshall High
Meadowdale High
Belmont High
Stivers School for the Arts
Ponitz Career Technology Center

Private schools
The city of Dayton has 35 private schools located within the city, including:
Archbishop Alter High School
Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School
Carroll High School
Dayton Christian School
Dominion Academy of Dayton
The Miami Valley School
Spring Valley Academy
East Dayton Christian School

(source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dayton,_Ohio#Education)

History Of Dayton:

Dayton is rich in history!

Dayton was founded on April 1, 1796, by 12 settlers known as “The Thompson Party.” They traveled in March from Cincinnati up the Great Miami River by pirogue and landed at what is now St. Clair Street, where they found two small camps of Native Americans. Among them was Benjamin Van Cleve, whose memoirs provide insights into the Ohio Valley’s history. Two other groups traveling overland arrived several days later.

In 1797, Daniel C. Cooper laid out Mad River Road, the first overland connection between Cincinnati and Dayton, opening the “Mad River Country” to settlement. Ohio was admitted into the Union in 1803, and the city of Dayton was incorporated in 1805. The city was named after Jonathan Dayton, a captain in the American Revolutionary War who signed the U.S. Constitution and owned a significant amount of land in the area. In 1827, construction on the Dayton-Cincinnati canal began, which would provide a better way to transport goods from Dayton to Cincinnati and contribute significantly to Dayton’s economic growth during the 1800s.

Historically, Dayton has been the home for many patents and inventions since the 1870s. According to the National Park Service, citing information from the U.S. Patent Office, Dayton had granted more patents per capita than any other U.S. city in 1890 and ranked fifth in the nation as early as 1870. The Wright brothers, inventors of the airplane, and Charles F. Kettering, world-renowned for his numerous inventions, hailed from Dayton. The city was also home to James Ritty’s “Incorruptible Cashier”, the first mechanical cash register, and Arthur E. Morgan’s “hydraulic jump”, a flood prevention mechanism that helped pioneer modern-day hydraulic engineering.  Paul Laurence Dunbar – a famous African-American poet and novelist – penned his most famous works in the late 19th century and became an integral part of the city’s history.

Dayton in 1870. Innovation led to business growth in the region. In 1884, John Henry Patterson acquired James Ritty’s National Manufacturing Company along with his cash register patents and formed the National Cash Register Company (NCR). The company manufactured the first mechanical cash registers and played a crucial role in the shaping of Dayton’s reputation as an epicenter for manufacturing in the early 1900s. In 1906, Charles F. Kettering, a leading engineer at the company, helped develop the first electric cash register, which propelled NCR into the national spotlight. NCR also helped develop the US Navy bombe, a code-breaking machine that helped crack the Enigma machinecipher during World War II. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dayton,_Ohio#History)

Dayton Neighborhood

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Dayton is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Ohio. With a population of 141,003 people and 69 constituent neighborhoods, Dayton is the sixth largest community in Ohio.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Dayton is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Dayton is a city of sales and office workers, service providers and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Dayton who work in office and administrative support (14.82%), sales jobs (10.02%) and food service (8.64%).

Dayton is made interesting by being both a reasonably big city and having a major college student population: students here will find that the city provides a lot of amenities, culture, and opportunities for them. Dayton is more than just a college town, however, though the thousands of students certainly are a major part of the character of the city, as well as a contributor to the local economy.

Many people in Dayton take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among Dayton citizens for affordable transportation.

The percentage of adults in Dayton with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 16.70% of adults in Dayton have a bachelor’s degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Dayton in 2010 was $16,673, which is low income relative to Ohio and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $66,692 for a family of four. Dayton also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 35.32% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Dayton is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Dayton home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Dayton residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Dayton include German, Irish, English and Italian. (source: https://www.neighborhoodscout.com/oh/dayton/)

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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.