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.

Elgin Integrative Medicine

Elgin, Illinois

The city of Elgin offers everything one could ask for. Our roots as a bustling city began with Elgin’s founding in April 1836 and have continued to thread into the lives of today’s residents, businesses and visitors.

Located 35 miles northwest of Chicago and home to over 108,000 people, we are proud of our diversity and culture. You will find exactly what you need to build a fulfilling and balanced life for yourself, your family or your business. With our close proximity to Chicago and our own amenities, Elgin provides a unique choice for residents interested in city or suburban living.

As we continue to revitalize our downtown, more people are finding Elgin offers a way of life few other suburbs provide. With a housing stock that is as diverse as the city itself, residents are sure to find a place to call home. From our four historic districts with majestic Victorian mansions to our many neighborhoods with comfortable single-family homes or townhomes, Elgin offers something for everyone.

Elgin is one of the fastest-growing communities in Kane County. Through our growth, we have maintained our independence and identity, achieving status as an award-winning All American City. Elgin’s offers exceptional opportunities that include cultural arts, entertainment and recreation that are unmatched by surrounding suburbs.

“The City in the Suburbs” embodies the celebration of our past, enjoyment of the present, and the promise of tomorrow. We champion the vitality and accessibility that makes Elgin a great community to be a part of. It truly is the city in the suburbs. (source: http://www.cityofelgin.org/index.aspx?NID=31)

Things To Do In Elgin:

Come Spend A Day In Elgin!

Bowlway Lanes
Family owned and operated Bowlway Lanes is a fun family-friendly bowling alley that provides local entertainment to Elgin locals. The bowling alley offers a full service pro shop, snack cafe, video arcade and drink bar.

Infinity Sport Horses
At Infinity Sport Horses, visitors can enroll in clinics and training programs to learn the basics of horse care and riding. The facility hosts monthly horse shows where visitors can watch competitive riders show off their skills.

McCarthy Farm
Situated on 25-acres of land, McCarthy Farm is a privately owned stable that features a heated barn with large stalls, an indoor arena, and an outdoor arena. The farm has amenities including showers and vending machines.

Burnidge Forest Preserve/Paul Wolff Campground
Burnidge Forest Preserve/Paul Wolff Campground is a 625 acre nature preserve populated by woodlands and prairie. Visitors will find 9 miles of multipurpose trails as well as a fishing pond. The preserve is also home to a variety of wildlife.

Sapphire Hills Stable
Located on 22 sprawling acres, the Sapphire Hills Stable features indoor, outdoor, and general open space for trial riding. Lessons are offered throughout the week for beginners or even advanced riders.

Lazer Maxx
Featuring a 5,000 square-foot multi-level arena, Lazer Maxx is a laser tag facility offering laser tag and other attractions for guests to enjoy. A large video game arcade, hurricane simulator, and prize redemption are among the other amenities available.

Elgin Lanes
Operated and owned by family since 1965, Elgin Lanes is a modern bowling alley with many unique features. Guests can try one of the 30 bowling lanes, 6 billiard tables, join a league, or even host a birthday party.

Elgin History Museum
The Elgin History Museum, located in Elgin, Illinois, is situated in an 1856 building, which formerly was part of the Elgin Academy. The musem, which displays exhibits of Elgin’s cultural history, is listed on the National Register of Historicl Places.

Eastside Recreation Center
The Eastside Recreation Center is a full-service recreation center that features boxing facilities, batting tunnels, pitching facilities, and an indoor soccer field. The center also has a fitness room.

Marcus Theatres
Featuring fifteen state-of-the-art auditoriums, the Marcus Theatres offer a wide selection of film selections for Elgin patrons. The theater also offers a full service drink and snack bar as well a 7- foot wide, three story Ultra screen. (source: http://www.tripbuzz.com/things-to-do-with-kids/elgin-il)

Education in Elgin

About Elgin educational system

A suburb of Chicago, Elgin, IL, is known as ‘The City in the Suburbs.’ Nonprofit postsecondary schools in the city include Elgin Community College and Judson University.

Students in Elgin can choose between a large public community college and a small private university. At Elgin Community College, they can pursue a vocational certificate or one of several associate’s degrees, including the Associate in Arts, Associate in Engineering Science, Associate in Liberal Studies and Associate of Applied Science, among others. ECC had nearly 12,000 students as of Fall 2012.

Several other 4-year colleges and universities are located within a 20-mile commute of Elgin, including Wheaton College in Wheaton, U.S. News‘ 57th-ranked national liberal arts college, and Aurora University in Aurora. Two-year schools in the region include Harper College in Palatine and the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. (source: http://study.com/articles/Elgin,_IL_Education_and_City_Information.html)

Four public school districts and 18 private schools serve Elgin.

  • Elgin Area School District U46—Elgin-based, serves most of ElginU-46, the second largest school district in Illinois, serves an area of some 90 square miles (230 km2) in Cook, DuPage and Kane Counties. Almost 40,000 children of school age are in its area. Elgin’s two public high schools, Elgin High School and Larkin High School, are home to the Gifted and Talented Academy and the Visual and Performing Arts Academy, respectively.

Private schools include:

  • Harvest Christian Academy
  • Highland Christian Academy
  • Da Vinci Academy
  • The Einstein Academy
  • Elgin Academy
  • Fox Valley Lutheran Academy
  • Good Shepherd Lutheran School
  • Northwest Baptist Academy
  • St. Edward Central Catholic High School
  • St. John’s Lutheran School
  • St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Laurence Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Mary Elementary School
  • St. Thomas More Catholic Elementary School
  • Westminster Christian School

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

History Of Elgin:

Elgin is rich in history!

The Indian Removal Act of 1830 and the Black Hawk Indian War of 1832 led to the expulsion of the Native Americans who had settlements and burial mounds in the area, and set the stage for the founding of Elgin. Thousands of militiamen and soldiers of Gen. Winfield Scott’s army marched through the Fox River valley during the war, and accounts of the area’s fertile soils and flowing springs soon filtered east.

In New York, James T. Gifford and his brother Hezekiah Gifford heard tales of this area ripe for settlement, and travelled west. Looking for a site on the stagecoach route from Chicago to Galena, Illinois, they eventually settled on a spot where the Fox River could be bridged. In April 1835, they established the city, naming it after the Scottish tune “Elgin”.

Early Elgin achieved fame for the butter and dairy goods it sold to the city of Chicago. Gail Borden established a condensed milk factory here in 1866, and the local library is named in his honor. The dairy industry became less important with the arrival of the Elgin Watch Company. The watch factory employed three generations of Elginites from the late 19th to the mid 20th century, when it was the largest producer of fine watches in the United States (the factory ceased production in 1965 and was torn down in the summer of 1966) and the operator of the largest watchmaking complex in the world.Today, the clocks at Chicago’s Union Station still bear the Elgin name.

Elgin has a long tradition of education and invention. Elgin is home to the Elgin Academy, the oldest coeducational, non-sectarian college preparatory school west of the Allegheny Mountains. Elgin High School boasts five navy admirals, a Nobel Prize winner, a Pulitzer Prize winner, a Tony Award winner, two Academy Award–winning producers, Olympic athletes and a General Motors CEO among its alumni. Elgin resident John Murphy invented the motorizedstreetsweeper in 1914 and later formed the Elgin Sweeper Corporation. Pioneering African-American chemist Lloyd Hall was an Elgin native, as was the legendary marketer and car stereo pioneer Earl “Madman” Muntz and Max Adler, founder of the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, America’s first planetarium.

Local historian E. C. Alft has written several books and an ongoing newspaper column about Elgin’s history. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elgin,_Illinois#History)

Elgin Neighborhood

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Elgin is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 111,117 people and 20 constituent neighborhoods, Elgin is the eighth largest community in Illinois.

Unlike some cities, Elgin isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Elgin are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Elgin is a city of sales and office workers, service providers and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Elgin who work in office and administrative support (15.47%), sales jobs (9.44%) and management occupations (7.33%).

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