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.

Fort Wayne Integrative Medicine

Fort Wayne, Indiana

Fort Wayne is Indiana’s second-largest city and is home to over 250,000 residents. (Allen County, Indiana’s largest county by size, has a population of 355,000.)

We are a three-time All America City Award winner, and are consistently sited for our high quality of life, low cost of living and warm Hoosier Hospitality.

Nearly equidistant from Chicago, Cincinnati, and Detroit, it has historically served as a transportation and communications center for Northeast Indiana, and an incubator for many products and companies. Want more information on our residents? Check out our demographics page. Or, learn more about Fort Wayne’s History here! Don’t forget to check out our interactive map, a great resource what there is to do, where to eat, and where to stay in Fort Wayne! (source: http://www.visitfortwayne.com/aboutfortwayne/)

Things To Do In Fort Wayne:

Come Spend A Day In Fort Wayne!

Attractions
Visit one of the nation’s top ten zoos! Test your imagination (and the rules of gravity!) at a hands-on science center. Wander through lush gardens, featuring a two-story waterfall. Enjoy dozens of hands-on opportunities for your family to reconnect, laugh and learn together when you getaway to Fort Wayne! More

Parks and Trails
Looking for a great family ride that takes you past a splash pad? Want to spend more time on the trails? Check out these great ride itineraries!

Trail Overview Map
Downtown/City-View Rides
Dowtown Fort Wayne Running Map
Shoaff Park with Splash Pad
Towpath Trail to Rockhill Park
Foster Park to Tillman Park
Deer Ridge Elementary
Paddle and Pedal
Tour Fort Wayne via Segway

Parks and Recreation
Fort Wayne’s award-winning parks system offers dozens of options for great, FREE outdoor fun. We are home to 86 parks and 56 playgrounds. Discover trails, biking, tennis, pools, spraygrounds, golfing, mountain bike trails, fishing and so much more!

Bike Share in Fort Wayne
Insider Blogs abot Fort Wayne parks and outdoor recreation
Fort Wayne’s Three Rivers
Splash Pad Guide
Rivergreenway Trails

Downtown Fort Wayne
Downtown Fort Wayne is the heart of our city – and a vibrant one at that!

It is the home to many of our arts and attractions, our gorgeous Parkview Field ballpark (named the #1 minor league stadium in the US), our award-winning Grand Wayne Convention Center and attached hotels, and so much more.

Ready to explore Downtown Fort Wayne? Stop by the Visitors Center at Harrison and Washington. (source: http://www.visitfortwayne.com/things-to-do/downtown/)

Education in Fort Wayne

About Fort Wayne educational system

Primary and secondary education
Allen County public school districts: FWCS (pink), EACS (yellow), NACS (blue), SACS (green).
Fort Wayne Community Schools (FWCS) is the largest public school district in Indiana, enrolling 30,981 students as of the 2013–2014 academic year. FWCS operate 51 facilities, including 31 elementary schools, ten middle schools, and five high schools. The student body is diverse, with 75 spoken languages in the district. East Allen County Schools (EACS) operate 20 schools, with a total enrollment of 9,114. Northwest Allen County Schools (NACS) operate seven elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school, with a total enrollment of 6,853. Southwest Allen County Schools (SACS) operate six elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school, with a total enrollment of 6,995. Private primary and secondary education is offered largely through Lutheran Schools of Indiana and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne–South Bend. Amish Parochial Schools of Indiana has schools through eighth grade in rural eastern Allen County.

Higher education
Fort Wayne is home to Indiana’s fifth largest public university, Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), enrolling 13,459 students. IPFW is home to the Fort Wayne Center for Medical Education, a branch of the Indiana University School of Medicine. Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana also contains two campuses in the city. Three private universities are located in the city, including Concordia Theological Seminary, Indiana Institute of Technology, and the University of Saint Francis. Private universities with regional branches in Fort Wayne include Crossroads Bible College, Grace College and Theological Seminary, Huntington University, Indiana Wesleyan University, Manchester University College of Pharmacy, and Trine University. For-profit institutions include Harrison College and International Business College.

Libraries
Composed of 14 branches, the Allen County Public Library is among the 20 largest public libraries in the U.S., and ranks 89th factoring in academic libraries, with 3.4 million volumes.The library’s foundation is also among the nation’s largest, with $14 million in assets. The entire library system underwent an $84.1 million overhaul from 2002 to 2007. In 2009, over 7.4 million materials were borrowed by patrons, with over 3 million visits made throughout the library system.(source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Wayne,_Indiana#Education)

History Of Fort Wayne:

Fort Wayne is rich in history!

Early Pioneers to Modern Day Technology
Did you know that the city of Fort Wayne is over 200 years old? The information you’ll find below is just part of the history that makes Fort Wayne the city that it is today.

Fort Wayne in the 1800’s
Early settlers and Native Americans referred to Fort Wayne as a crossroads because of its strategic location at the convergence of three rivers – the St. Mary’s, the St. Joseph, and the Maumee Rivers. The city of Fort Wayne is named after General “Mad” Anthony Wayne, a bold military leader who established the first American fort at the confluence of the three rivers.

In 1824, the Indiana General Assembly established Allen County, and the 1830’s brought about the construction of the Wabash and Erie Canal in Fort Wayne. This famous canal earned Fort Wayne the nickname “Summit City” because it was the highest point above sea level along the entire canal route.

Years later, with the advent of the railroad, Fort Wayne held a key position in the great Pennsylvania Railroad and soon become known as the “Altoona of the West.” As the 1800’s drew to a close, industry in Fort Wayne continued to flourish as immigrants poured into the area seeking jobs .

Fort Wayne in the 1900’s
As the 1900’s rolled onto American history, Fort Wayne continued to flourish. Even during the Great Depression Fort Wayne continued its economic boom. Companies like Lincoln National Life Insurance Corporation, Farnsworth Television, Zollner Piston, Central Soya and the Holsum Bakery all called Fort Wayne home. Notable Fort Wayne landmarks like the Embassy Theatre, the Scottish Rite Auditorium, and the Lincoln Tower were built during these boom years.

Fort Wayne Today
Today, Fort Wayne is not only the hub of three rivers, it is also a major metropolitan area and the second largest city in Indiana. Fort Wayne continues to progress as corporations and individuals live, thrive and expand together. In fact during the 1980’s and 1990’s Fort Wayne received accolades as an All-American City and a Most Livable City.
As Fort Wayne enters the 21st Century, it continues to look forward to a time of invention, innovation, and progress. (source: http://www.visitfortwayne.com/aboutfortwayne/fort-wayne-history/)

Fort Wayne Neighborhood

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Fort Wayne is a large city located in the state of Indiana. With a population of 258,522 people and 81 constituent neighborhoods, Fort Wayne is the second largest community in Indiana.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Fort Wayne is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Fort Wayne is a city of sales and office workers, professionals and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Fort Wayne who work in office and administrative support (14.01%), sales jobs (10.95%) and management occupations (7.88%).

One thing noticeable about Fort Wayne, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Fort Wayne is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Fort Wayne a great place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun. In fact, Fort Wayne is one of the top larger cities in America for educated single professionals to flock.

The overall education level of Fort Wayne is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 25.83% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor’s degree.

The per capita income in Fort Wayne in 2010 was $23,607, which is upper middle income relative to Indiana, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $94,428 for a family of four. However, Fort Wayne contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

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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.