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.



In 2016, there will be an estimated 1,685,210 new cancer cases diagnosed and 595,690 cancer deaths in the US. 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.


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.


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.


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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Hoffman Estates Integrative Medicine

Hoffman Estates, Illinois

With a population approaching 55,000, Hoffman Estates is a full-service community. Our location provides excellent access to all major attractions within the Chicagoland area and the Midwest. Accommodations to suit all requirements, a variety of top-quality restaurants, good shopping, and many other attractions – both natural and man-made – have resulted in Hoffman Estates becoming one of the premier suburban communities in the state of Illinois.

The Village has made major strides in the areas of business and economic development, inter-agency cooperation, and growth management. With an expanding population base in the region, the Village of Hoffman Estates is poised for future growth, both commercially and residentially. The Village also offers good employment prospects, excellent educational amenities, and a modern infrastructure.

Ultimately, the Village of Hoffman Estates is a vivid example of a community that works to provide an excellent quality-of-life for all citizens. (source:

Things To Do In Hoffman Estates:

Come Spend A Day In Hoffman Estates!

Make our Robert Trent Jones, Sr., course your first choice for an outing, and you’ll be number one with your group! Hilldale is known for its great conditions and most challenging course with “the best greens in the burbs.”

The 18-hole course at the Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club facility in Hoffman Estates features 6,108 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 70. The course rating is 70.2, and has a slope rating of 126 on Bluegrass. Designed by Ken Killian, ASGCA/ Richard P. Nugent, ASGCA, the Poplar Creek Golf Course opened in 1976.

The coolest place in town! For hours please visit the park district website. There is something here for every member of the family to do. Come dig in the sand, splash in the pool, and plunge down any of the four water slides. Being active has never been so much fun! Call or visit the website for more information.

Grand Sports Arena features two indoor soccer fields, a ball hockey field, an air conditioned bar/lounge, a concession stand and a video game area. Indoor soccer leagues for all ages and floor hockey leagues for men are offered.

Achieve your wellness goals! Covering over 100,000 square feet, we have everything you need to successfully achieve your fitness goals. In addition, our educated and professional staff is always on hand to assist you. Join and you will see why so many members enjoy coming to our state-of-the-art fitness facility! Personal training, tennis courts and track, pilates, yoga, aerobics, spinning, parties and rentals! Call us or visit our Web site for more information.

This facility offers a wide range of activities for skaters of all skill levels, ages and interests. This beautiful year round facility features two NHL-size ice surfaces, men’s and women’s locker rooms, party/community rooms, a dance studio, and fitness center. From public skating opportunities, figure skating, ice hockey lessons, broomball and hockey leagues, this ice arena gives everyone a chance to have fun on the ice! The ice arena is available for private rental. (source:

Education in Hoffman Estates

About Hoffman Estates educational system

The village is served by several public school districts. The majority of residents who live in Schaumburg Township attend:

  • Township High School District 211
  • School District 54 (K-8.)

North Hoffman Estates (north of I-90) residents are served by:

  • Township High School District 211
  • Community Consolidated School District 15 (K-8) (East of Huntington Blvd)
  • Barrington School District 220 (K-8) (Unit District) (West of Huntington Blvd).

Residents west of Barrington Road primarily attend Unit School District, Elgin Area U46.

High schools

Schools located in the Hoffman Estates village limits:

  • Hoffman Estates High School
  • James B. Conant High School

Other high schools in the same township high school district:

  • Barrington High School
  • Schaumburg High School
  • Elgin High School
  • William Fremd High School

Community College

Most of the village is served by Harper College Community College District 512.

Miscellaneous education

The Xilin Northwest Chinese School holds its classes at Conant High School in Hoffman Estates. It serves grades preschool through 12. The school predominately serves Mainland Chinese families. In 2003 the school held its classes in Palatine High School in Palatine. In 2000 the school had served around 300 students. This figure increased almost by 200%, to almost 600 students. This made it one of the largest of the Chinese schools in the Chicago area. (source:,_Illinois#Education)

History Of Hoffman Estates:

Hoffman Estates is rich in history!

Until the 1950s, Schaumburg Township remained a rural farming community. The Schaumburg Township population was 1,080 in 1950, and Elgin was the major economic center.

In 1952, Township residents voted to establish Community Consolidated School District 54 and to become part of the Palatine High School District 211, since there was no high school. In January of 1954, the new Schaumburg School opened with an enrollment of 87 and a faculty of three.

1954 proved to be the landmark in Township history. A local farmer sold his 160-acre farm to Sam and Jack Hoffman, owners of the Father and Son Construction Company, for a subdivision in Cook County. The land, now known as Parcel A, was located east of Roselle Road between Golf and Higgins Roads. The first homeowners began to move into the new subdivision in late 1955. The homes were built on half-acre lots and sold for $14,500. Down payments were as little as $700, and the interest rate was 4-1/2%. On September 19, 1959, residents voted to incorporate as the Village of Hoffman Estates. The charter was issued on September 23, 1959. The population at the time was about 8,000, and the incorporated area was just under three square miles.

Beginning in 1961, the first land north of the tollway was annexed to the Village of Hoffman Estates. Some 2,000 acres were annexed by 1962, including the areas that are now Winston Knolls, Westbury and the Paul Douglas Forest Preserve. The annexations more than doubled the incorporated land area.

Various small office buildings were built by 1980, followed by major complexes such as Northwest Corporate Centre, Barrington Pointe, Greenspoint, and Siemens Gammasonics. Ameritech’s 1.2 million square foot regional headquarters opened in 1991. The Sears, Roebuck and Co. moved into a 1.9 million square foot headquarters in 1992. The Prairie Stone Business Park has some 800 acres slated for office, research and high-tech industrial uses. Hoffman Estates welcomed two new developments in 1995, Quest International and Indramat.

Public facilities such as schools, fire stations and library branches were built during this period to accommodate the area’s rapid growth. A Village Hall and Police complex opened on Gannon Drive in 1972 and was the first municipal building in Illinois to be constructed under the guidelines for handicapped accessibility. The new U.S. Post Office, also on Gannon Drive, opened in the fall of 1988. A new Public Works Center opened in early 1990. Finally, the Village Hall was relocated to a new facility in 1991. (source:

Hoffman Estates Neighborhood

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Hoffman Estates is a larger medium-sized village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 52,347 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, Hoffman Estates is the 28th largest community in Illinois.

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

Hoffman Estates is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Hoffman Estates is a village of sales and office workers, professionals and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Hoffman Estates who work in office and administrative support (15.72%), management occupations (12.14%) and sales jobs (11.49%).

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

Because of many things, Hoffman Estates is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Hoffman Estates really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Hoffman Estates perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

The education level of Hoffman Estates ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Hoffman Estates, 45.86% have at least a bachelor’s degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor’s degree or graduate degree.

Hoffman Estates is an extremely ethnically-diverse village. The people who call Hoffman Estates home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Hoffman Estates residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Hoffman Estates also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 15.62% of the village’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Hoffman Estates include German, Polish, Irish, Italian, English and French. (source:

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