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.

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Fargo, North Dakota

The City of Fargo is located in Cass County, North Dakota, along the Red River of the North which forms the border between Minnesota and North Dakota. An estimated 112,000 people live in Fargo.  It is the largest community in the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area.

Fargo City Hall is located at 200 3rd St. N. in downtown Fargo; business hours are 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Fargo is governed by a part-time mayor and four city commissioners who are elected at large.

The city’s average high temperature is 16 degrees in January and 82 degrees in July.

Fargo’s sister city is Hamar, Norway.

The Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo Chamber of Commerce offers a directory of local businesses.  (source: http://www.cityoffargo.com/CityInfo/)

Things To Do In Fargo:

Come Spend A Day In Fargo!

As one of Fargo’s major historic sites, the 17-suite Hotel Donaldson has attracted attention from USA Today and National Geographic Traveler. This renovated, 1893 brick structure is part historic legacy, part boutique hotel, and part artsy destination. Encountering original brick and timber, guests feel as if they have walked into history. Each room is unique, highlighting the work of a different regional artist, and a rooftop hot tub is nestled amid a garden with native prairie grass.

Three blocks north of the hotel is another of Fargo’s historic sites, the refurbished Fargo Theater. Originally built in 1926 to accommodate both cinema and live productions, this theater donned an Art Deco style with its first remodeling in 1937, then recaptured its glory with a restoration in 1999. Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Fargo Theater screens most of the 150 submissions for the annual Fargo Film Festival.

Every other year, the bright, warm days of August usher in an altogether different form of entertainment at the Fargo AirSho. Sending shudders through the crowd below with electrifying aerial maneuvers, the Navy’s elite Blue Angels fly with amazing precision. Other performers include the Warbirds, vintage World War II combat planes that transport spectators to the past.

Travelers who want a closer look at a P-51 Mustang, or perhaps a replica of the Wright Flyer, can head to one of the Fargo Air Museum. Offering a rare glimpse at both static aircraft and classic aircraft still in flying condition, this is one of the best Fargo museums. Interactive exhibits include the Frasca 241 Simulator, which guests may “pilot.”

There are many other fine museums in Fargo, including nine at Bonanzaville. There’s so much to see here that visitors should allow plenty of time. One of the museums features historic telephone equipment; the other focuses on 19th-century medical equipment. And the Dahl Car Museum, devoted to antique cars, proudly displays its 1904 Holzman.

What really sets Bonanzaville apart, though, is its Pioneer Village, a collection of authentic, old buildings with a few replicas mixed in. Structures range from an 1895 schoolhouse to the Brass Rail Saloon and Hotel. Among these treasures of the past is Fargo’s first house, built in 1869. Railroad buffs will love the 1900 train depot and shed, which houses a steam locomotive from 1883 as well as a caboose and a passenger car.

Another place to spend some time with the kids is the Red River Zoo, which opened its doors in 1999. Although the animals come from all over the world, zoo planners selected plants and animals from climates similar to Fargo’s. The zoo’s 75 species include red pandas and gray wolves. (source: https://www.mapquest.com/us/nd/fargo-282039820)

Education in Fargo

About Fargo educational system

K–12

The Fargo Public Schools system serves most of the city, operating fifteen elementary schools, three middle schools, and four high schools Fargo North High School, Fargo South High School, Judge Ronald N. Davies High School, and an alternative high school(Woodrow Wilson).

The West Fargo Public Schools system serves the southwestern part of the city, in addition to West Fargo itself and the surrounding communities of Horace and Harwood.

In addition to public schools, a number of private schools also operate in the city. The John Paul II Catholic Schools Network operates Holy Spirit Elementary, Nativity Elementary, Sullivan Middle School, and Shanley High School. Additionally, the Oak Grove Lutheran School serves grades Pre-K-12, as do Grace Lutheran School, and Park Christian School.

Higher education

Fargo is home to North Dakota State University (NDSU), which has over 14,000 students. NDSU was founded in 1890 as the state land grant university focusing on agriculture, engineering and science, but has since branched out to cover many other fields of study. NDSU, along with Minnesota State University Moorhead and Concordia College in Moorhead, form the Tri-College University system of Fargo-Moorhead. Students can take classes at any of the three institutions. These three colleges also form a vibrant student-youth community of over 25,000. NDSCS-Fargo is a campus of North Dakota State College of Science. Located in the Skills and Technology Training Center on 19th Avenue North in Fargo, NDSCS-Fargo serves as the home to academic programming and non-credit training.

Fargo is also home to several private collegiate institutions, including Rasmussen College, a branch location of the University of Mary, and Masters Baptist College operated by Fargo Baptist Church. The University of Jamestown’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program is based in Fargo. Until recently, Globe University/Minnesota School of Business maintained a Fargo Student Resource Center, now replaced by the college’s Moorhead campus.

Libraries

The Fargo Public Library was established in 1900 and for many years was housed in a Carnegie-funded building. In 1968, the library moved into a new facility as part of urban renewal efforts in the downtown area. The original 1968 building was demolished and replaced with a new library which opened in 2008. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fargo,_North_Dakota#Education)

History Of Fargo:

Fargo is rich in history!

Fargo’s founding dates back to 1871, when the first settlers staked out homestead claims at the point where the Northern Pacific Railroad would cross the Red River. Railroads played a major role in the development of Fargo. In fact, the city was named for William G. Fargo, a director of the Northern Pacific Railroad, and co-founder of Wells Fargo Express Company.

In the beginning, Fargo was a rough and rowdy frontier town, with its fair share of bordellos and saloons. In 1876, Fargo’s population was only 600. But Fargo grew rapidly as more and more settlers arrived, drawn by the promise of cheap, fertile farmland in the Red River Valley. By 1892, Fargo had grown to a city of more than 8,000 inhabitants; the tents and shanties of earlier days had been replaced by mainly wood-frame buildings.

But on June 7, 1893, disaster struck the growing city. A fire began on Front Street (now called Main Avenue). Fanned by strong winds from the south, the fire consumed most of the downtown area. By the time it was over, more than 31 blocks were reduced to piles of rubble. Although the fire must have been a stunning blow to the city, Fargoans resolved to rebuild; in less than a year, 246 new buildings had been constructed. The new structures were designed by many fine regional architects; the post-fire city became more attractive and substantial, and many of these buildings survive today. (source: http://www.cityoffargo.com/CityInfo/FargoHistory/)

Fargo Neighborhood

Check out Fargo Neighborhood!

Fargo is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of North Dakota. With a population of 115,863 people and 22 constituent neighborhoods, Fargo is the largest community in North Dakota.

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

Fargo is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Fargo is a city of sales and office workers, professionals and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Fargo who work in office and administrative support (13.42%), sales jobs (11.44%) and management occupations (9.03%).

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

Fargo is a nice balance between life in a moderately big city and the interesting diversions and culture that come from having a big college student population. The thousands of students who arrive on campus every fall will find that Fargo has plenty of amenities and opportunities for them, while residents of Fargo enjoy the lectures, music, art, and economic trickle-down that colleges typically provide. “Town and Gown” complement each other in Fargo. (source: https://www.neighborhoodscout.com/nd/fargo/)

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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.