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.

Geneva Integrative Medicine

Geneva, Illinois

Geneva is a city in and the county seat of Kane County, Illinois, United States. It is located on the western side of the Chicago suburbs.

Geneva is part of a tri-city area, located between St. Charles and Batavia. As of a July 2011 official US Census Bureau estimate, the city had a total population of 21,707. The area is currently experiencing a high level of population growth as Chicago’s urban sprawl spreads farther west.

Geneva is a popular tourist destination with its scenic location along the Fox River and numerous shops and restaurants. There is an extensive bike trail system in Geneva including portions of the Fox River Trail and (Meme) the Illinois Prairie Path. Geneva has an active historical society, the Geneva History Center, located in downtown Geneva as well as the Fabyan Windmill, an old Dutch windmill dating back to the 1850s. In 2013 it was nominated by Bloomberg Business Week as the best place to raise a kid in Illinois. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geneva,_Illinois)

Things To Do In Geneva:

Come Spend A Day In Geneva!

With over 150 independent shops in our historic downtown shopping district, plus the shops at Geneva Commons and through the City, you’ll find what you’re looking for in Geneva.

Recreation & Activities

Art on FireArt on Fire in Geneva, IL
Artists take to the streets putting their creative mark on Geneva fire hydrants as part of the City’s “Art on Fire” program. “Art on Fire” was initiated by the City with the assistance from its Cultural Arts Commission to have individuals “adopt” and paint fire hydrants to display creative artwork.

Bike/Run Geneva
Geneva offers numerous trails and bike paths for both recreation and commuting. Many groups hold certified runs of all lengths, from 5K to the Fox Valley Marathon. We invite you to make Geneva your place to train.

Fabyan Forest Preserve
Fabyan Forest Preserve is located south of Geneva on the Fox River, with entrances on both Route 25 and Route 31, just north of Fabyan Parkway. The Fabyan Villa Museum has history tours about the Fabyans and their fabulous Riverbank estate. Visitors are invited to stroll through the Fabyan Japanese Garden which is also part of the estate grounds. Visiting hours are posted by the Preservation Partners of the Fox Valley. The preserve also has a 68 foot, five-story Dutch windmill offering tours.

Fox Valley Ice Arena
The Fox Valley Ice Arena houses two ice rinks, a sporting goods store, a fitness center, and a pub and grill. The Fox Valley Ice Arena is home to the Chicago Steel, Chicagoland’s only Tier 1 Junior (20U) hockey team.

French Market
The French Market brings farm fresh produce, fresh flowers, baked goods, jewelry, handbags and more to downtown Geneva on Sundays late April-mid November. The market is held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the Metra Train Station at Fourth and South streets.

Garden Artistry at City Hall
Garden Artistry
Inspired by Chicago’s Lurie Garden, Geneva’s City Hall, 22 S. First Street, features an array of plantings from the Garden Artistry collection. Garden Artistry is of four unique perennial plant combinations inspired by the Lurie Garden in Chicago’s Millennium Park.

Geneva Park District Facilities
The Geneva Park District operates more than 50 parks and offers recreational programs, facilities, and open space for all ages. (sources: http://www.geneva.il.us/index.aspx?nid=894)

Education in Geneva

About Geneva educational system

Geneva Community Unit School District 304 is a growing school district located 35 miles west of Chicago in the Fox River Valley on the Metra/Union Pacific West commuter railroad line. The community of Geneva is renowned for its historic charm and scenic beauty, a thriving downtown of fine restaurants and distinctive shops, and a multitude of recreational opportunities.

There are 6,000 students in ten schools in the 23-square-mile school district, which is comprised of one high school (grades 9-12), two middle schools (grades 6-8), six elementary schools (grades K-5), and one preschool.

Geneva High School has tripled in size in the last twenty years and currently serves 2,000 students. The community holds high expectations for student performance, and student achievement levels far exceed state and national norms. Parent involvement and support is well established in a school district that is located in one of the most vibrant population growth corridors in the Chicago metropolitan area.

District Purpose Statement
The purpose of Geneva Community Unit School District 304 is to educate students within an environment that encourages the desire to learn and enhances the teaching of skills necessary to meet the unique academic, personal, physical, and social needs of each individual. The school program will reflect the values and ambitions of the community, and every student will be challenged to develop intellectual and learning skills to his/her fullest potential, preparing him/her to become a contributing member of society (source: http://www.geneva304.org/about.aspx)

Geneva School District 304 includes the following schools:

Elementary education schools
St. Peter Catholic School
Harrison Street Elementary School (built in 1929)
Williamsburg Elementary School (built in 2008)[25]
Heartland Elementary School (built in 2002)
Mill Creek Elementary School (built in 1996)
Fabyan Elementary School (built in 2008)
Principal: Darcy Thompson
Western Avenue Elementary School (built in 1964)
Principal: Ronald Zeman

Middle school
Geneva Middle School South (built in 1994), Principal: Mr. Terrance Bleau
Geneva Middle School North (built in 2006), Principal: Mr. Lawrence Bidlack

High schools
Geneva High School (built in 1958), Principal: Mr. Thomas Rogers

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

History Of Geneva:

Geneva is rich in history!

Geneva was first settled in the 1830s on an important route from Chicago. Daniel Shaw Haight was the first settler in Geneva. Haight sold his claim in 1835 to James and Charity Herrington, who were influential in the creation of the town of Geneva. A local’s connections with Col. Richard Hamilton, a prominent Cook Countypolitician, led to the naming of Geneva as county seat in 1836. The town was platted a year later and was probably named after Geneva, New York. Before the name Geneva was chosen, the names LaFox, Big Spring, and Herrington’s Ford were used. A courthouse and jail were among the first major works. Geneva was incorporated as a village in 1867. While its site as a county seat attracted attention, the village’s location on the Fox River provided the most economic opportunities. Early goods manufactured in Geneva included cheese, butter, milled grains, and packed meat. The connection of the railroad in 1853 provided increased demand for industry, and by 1900, Appleton Manufacturing, Howell Foundry, Bennet Milling Co., and Pope Glucose Co. became major employers. This resulted in major civic improvement projects such as a pumping stations and water mains in 1896. Geneva was particularly noted for its flux of Swedish immigrants, who comprised half of the population by 1900. A year later, Geneva was connected to other Fox Valley communities through the Aurora, Elgin and Fox River Electric Company. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geneva,_Illinois#History)

Geneva Neighborhood

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Geneva is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 21,742 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Geneva is the 117th largest community in Illinois.

Geneva home prices are not only among the most expensive in Illinois, but Geneva real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Geneva is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Geneva’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Geneva is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the train. For Geneva, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways. (source: https://www.neighborhoodscout.com/il/geneva/)

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