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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Fayetteville, Arkansas

Nestled in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, Fayetteville is a thriving community of 73,580 residents (2010 Census). As the third largest city in Arkansas, Fayetteville provides all of the resources and advantages of a large city while maintaining a quality of life that remains true to its unique heritage. Fayetteville is the county seat of Washington County, Arkansas.

Historic Downtown Fayetteville is at the center of the community and offers a variety of attractions and events. Enjoy a gourmet meal and listen to live music on Dickson Street, shop at local boutiques and eateries on the town square, experience a Broadway performance at the Walton Arts Center, take a walking tour of Fayetteville’s historic homes and businesses, shop for local produce at one of America’s top Farmers’ Markets, watch the city square transform into a vibrant arts district on the First Thursday of every summer month, enjoy the energizing atmosphere of a Razorback game day, or read a book and browse the internet at our nationally-ranked public library. Shopping and unique restaurant fare are plentiful in Uptown, Midtown, and South Fayetteville.

For those looking to enjoy the natural beauty of Fayetteville, the City has approximately 26 miles of multi-use trails over 36 miles of soft-surface trails, three lakes, 43 athletic fields/courts, a swimming pool, a BMX track, and a skate park. Covering more than 4,300 acres of land, Fayetteville has numerous parks with something for everyone. Visit Fayetteville’s beautiful Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, watch the more than 200 species of birds that make their home in the Ozark Mountain hardwood and pine forests, canoe or kayak down the Buffalo River (America’s first National River), and backpack in the nearby Ozark National Forest. Fayetteville boasts an impressive span of walking and biking trails that run throughout the city and surrounding mountains. Take your bike along the 36-mile Razorback Greenway Trail System that will soon run from Fayetteville to Bella Vista, linking six downtown areas in Northwest Arkansas, three major hospitals, twenty-three schools, the University of Arkansas, and multiple corporate headquarters.

With a thriving local economy, educated workforce, and loyal customer base, the number of jobs with in Fayetteville is consistently on the rise. Fayetteville is home to the flagship campus of The University of Arkansas has established itself as one of the top public research and academic institutions in the nation. Fayetteville Public Schools are Arkansas’s leaders in both academics and athletics, with nine elementary schools, three middle schools, two junior highs, and one central high school. Mix everything together with 200-plus days of sunshine each year, and you’ll see why we are proud to call Fayetteville home, where life is great and the living is easy. (source: http://www.fayetteville-ar.gov/902/About-Fayetteville)

Things To Do In Fayetteville:

Come Spend A Day In Fayetteville!

There’s no shortage of things to see and do in northwest Arkansas. From historic sites to boutiques, nightlife, and family friendly activities, we are proud to offer a variety of enjoyment. Regardless of your speed of entertainment, Fayetteville has something for all ages. We invite you to explore our unique corner of Arkansas and immerse yourself in our thriving community. With an abundance of culture and attractions, you may even need to extend your stay!

Check out our diverse arts scene and embrace your creative side. Live music, theater, galleries, museums, and festivals are just a taste of Fayetteville’s cultural qualities. We recommend visiting Crystal Bridges Museum – a world renowned landmark you won’t want to miss.

Fayetteville attractions offer an endless variety of things to see and do. From go-karts to our favorite drive-in theater, a new experience awaits you around every turn!

See history come alive in Fayetteville! Explore a President’s legacy at the Clinton House Museum, tour historic homes, catch a Civil War re-enactment and more.

Fayetteville is just as fun after dark as it is during the day. Try a new beer at a local microbrewery, see a show at the Walton Arts Center, or dance the night away on Dickson Street. WIth so many hot spots, your entertainment options are endless!

Fayetteville is full of great places for you to explore, no matter what the sport or season. Whether you’re a keen fisherman or a leisurely bird watcher, we like to think of ourselves as Northwest Arkansas’s gateway to the great outdoors. Plus, with over 40 miles of picturesque trails and bikeways, discover why we’ve gained national recognition.

Find something that speaks to you while browsing Fayetteville’s collection of malls, markets, and locally owned boutiques. Shop in the comfort of an indoor shopping mall or explore our national recognized Farmers’ Market. No matter what your style, we’re sure you’ll love our shopping scene. (source: http://www.experiencefayetteville.com/things-to-do)

Education in Fayetteville

About Fayetteville educational system

Fayetteville is served by the Fayetteville Public Schools system, which consists of eight elementary schools, four intermediate schools, two special schools, and Fayetteville High School. The district was established in 1871 as the oldest school district in Arkansas.

High/Secondary Schools

  • Fayetteville High School

Middle/intermediate schools

  • Holt Middle School
  • McNair Middle School
  • Ramay Junior High School
  • Woodland Junior High School

Elementary/PrimarySchools

  • Asbell Elementary School
  • Butterfield Trail Elementary School
  • Happy Hollow Elementary School
  • Holcomb Elementary School
  • Leverett Elementary School
  • Root Elementary School
  • Vandergriff Elementary School
  • Washington Elementary School

The University of Arkansas was founded in Fayetteville in 1871 as Arkansas Industrial University. The land-grant/space-grant, high-activity research institution is the flagship campus of the University of Arkansas System. Enrollment for the 2010 fall semester was 21,406 total students. Approximately 84% are Arkansas natives, with about 2% being international students due to the general lack of diversity in the region. Although it offers over 200 degree choices (excluding doctorate fields), the university is noted for its above average architecture, history, creative writing, poultry science, and business programs. Because of the University of Arkansas’ large presence in many aspects of the city’s economy, culture, and lifestyle, Fayetteville is often portrayed as a college town with elements of dominance by the Walmart Corporation. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fayetteville,_Arkansas#Education)

History Of Fayetteville:

Fayetteville is rich in history!

In 1828, George McGarrah settled at Big Spring with his family on the modern day corner of Spring and Willow, founding the town of Washington, and starting work on the courthouse. On October 17, Washington County was established, Washington chosen as the county seat. The Washington Courthouse was finished in 1829, and also contained the post office. Later in the year Postmaster Larkin Newton changed the name to the Fayetteville Courthouse, to avoid confusing with Washington, Hempstead County.Two councilmen selected to name the city were from Fayetteville, Tennessee, which was itself named for Fayetteville, North Carolina (where some of its earliest residents had lived before moving to Tennessee). That original Fayetteville was named for General Lafayette, a French general who helped the colonies gain independence in the American Revolutionary War.

The first store in Fayetteville was opened by John Nye in a small building constructed by James Holmsley. In 1832 David Walker, Chief Justice of the Arkansas supreme court, built a double log cabin on what is now Center Street. In 1822 Archibald Yell, the second Governor of Arkansas, built a house and called it “Waxhaw” after his home in North Carolina. This was on the outskirts of town then but now is a street named after him that connects College and School streets. The first hotels were the Burnside House and the Onstott House. Fayetteville was incorporated as a town on November 3, 1836.

In 1859 a city charter was obtained from the Legislature. During the Civil War the municipal government was suspended and was not reinstated until 1867. P.V. Rhea was the president of the town trustees in 1836; J.W. Walker was the first mayor under the charter of 1859, and M.L. Harrison was the first mayor when the government was reorganized in 1867. The telegraph came to Fayetteville in 1860, strung along the Military Road from Jefferson City, Missouri to Little Rock. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fayetteville,_Arkansas#History)

Fayetteville Neighborhood

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Fayetteville is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Arkansas. With a population of 80,621 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Fayetteville is the third largest community in Arkansas.

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

Fayetteville is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 89.17% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Fayetteville is a city of professionals, sales and office workers and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Fayetteville who work in sales jobs (13.31%), office and administrative support (12.17%) and teaching (11.06%).

Fayetteville is also a major college town with a large number of people who are 18 years or older and attending college. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in Fayetteville have a strong influence on the local culture and entertainment scene, which may seem dormant by comparison in the summer months when much of the student population is away. In the fall, the return of students has a reinvigorating effect on the community. Because colleges are lasting institutions, they have a stabilizing effect on the economy by providing direct local benefits such as jobs for faculty and staff and spending by students. Fayetteville’s economy is one such example of this.

Not only is Fayetteville a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, shaping the character of the city into a place that is geared toward, and considered attractive to, many single, educated people. Many singles consider Fayetteville a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves. (source: https://www.neighborhoodscout.com/ar/fayetteville/)

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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.