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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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.

Kansas City Integrative Medicine

Kansas City, Illinois

Known for its barbeque, jazz and beautiful fountains, Kansas City surprises many visitors with its depth of cultural and culinary offerings in addition to great sports and low-cost entertainment.

It can get blistering hot in the Midwest in the summer, but Kansas City has plenty of waterparks and public fountains in which to cool off. Outdoor theatre and the Kansas City Royals also reign in the summer.

Don’t get so hung up on the city being divided by the state line. It’s just a street. It drives locals nuts when they have to explain it to visitors. And get out to explore other bbq joints than the big names. Kansas City has about 100 bbq joints and they all offer a great experience. (source:

Things To Do In Kansas City:

Come Spend A Day In Kansas City!

Along every boulevard and around every corner, there’s something to do that’s unique to Kansas City. With a thriving creative arts scene, eclectic mix of entertainment and die-hard sports—it’s safe to say there’s something for everyone. Find your way in KC by doing it all … or, at least trying to.

From grand cascading centerpieces situated prominently along the city’s major thoroughfares, to petite spouting statuary in quaint residential neighborhoods, they all represent what earned Kansas City the moniker, The City of Fountains. (source:

Must See in Kansas City

  • The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial is recognized by Congress as our nation’s official memorial to the Great War and earns that honor with detailed exhibits and activities that explain the complex nature of that war.
  • The Arabia Steamboat Museum is a remarkable story of finding buried treasure in the Missouri River and how 150 years later, treasures are still being brought to life.
  • The College Basketball Experience is part museum/part hands-on event center to learn about the game that fills every high school gymnasium and many a neighborhood driveway in North America. Great for families and groups – no skill required.

Where to Stay in Kansas City
The Power & Light District in downtown Kansas City is home to the Sprint Center, Kansas City’s primary concert and sporting events venue. With lots of restaurants, bars and energetic happenings, this is where most of the city’s celebrations take place.

The J.C. Nichols Country Club Plaza is one of the most photographed areas of Kansas City and home to many great hotels, restaurants, shops and public art. Come here during the holidays for those beautiful lights.

Crown Center is the world headquarters of Hallmark and an 85-acre complex of family-friendly activities, including children’s theatre, the SeaLife Aquarium and LEGOland. In addition to the Hallmark Visitors Center, there are plenty of shops, comfortable restaurants and free entertainment within walking distance.

The Best Deal in Kansas City
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is always free and open to the public. Kids will enjoy a run through the sculpture garden and goofy photos of the over-sized shuttlecocks. Adults will appreciate the impressive collection of Chinese and European art. It’s within walking distance of the Country Club Plaza.(source:

Education in Kansas City

About Kansas City educational system

Colleges and universities

Many universities, colleges, and seminaries are located in the Kansas City metropolitan area, including:

  • University of Missouri–Kansas City − one of four schools in the University of Missouri system − serving more than 15,000 students
  • Rockhurst University − Jesuit university founded in 1910
  • Kansas City Art Institute − four-year college of fine arts and design founded in 1885
  • Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences − medical and graduate school founded in 1916
  • Avila University − Catholic university of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
  • Park University − private institution established in 1875; Park University Graduate School is located downtown
  • Baker University − multiple branches of the School of Professional and Graduate Studies
  • William Jewell College − private liberal arts institution founded in 1849
  • Metropolitan Community College (Kansas City) − a two-year college with multiple campuses located in the suburban metropolitan area
  • Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary − Southern Baptist Convention
  • Nazarene Theological Seminary − Church of the Nazarene
  • Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary
  • Saint Paul School of Theology − Methodist

Primary and secondary schools

Kansas City is served by 16 school districts including 10 Public School Districts. There are also numerous private schools; Catholic schools in Kansas City are governed by the Diocese of Kansas City.

The following Public School Districts serve Kansas City:

  • Kansas City, MO School District
  • North Kansas City School District
  • Center School District
  • Hickman Mills C-1 School District
  • Grandview C-4 School District
  • Liberty School District
  • Park Hill School District
  • Platte County R-3 School District
  • Raytown C-2 School District
  • Lees Summit R-7 School District
  • Blue Springs R-4 School District
  • Independence School District
  • Fort Osage R-1 School District


History Of Kansas City:

Kansas City is rich in history!

Kansas City traces its beginnings to 1821, the year Missouri was admitted to the Union.
In that year a Frenchman from St. Louis, Francois Chouteau, came up the Missouri River and established a trading post on the waterway about three miles below the great bend in the river, now the Northeast Industrial District. After being flooded out in 1826, he rebuilt on higher ground at the foot of what is now Troost Avenue. Chouteau and several other French families who joined him constituted the first non-Indian settlement in Kansas City.

Another enterprising young man, John Calvin McCoy, likewise was interested in selling and trading, but he opened his store inland on the Santa Fe Trail, about four miles south of Chouteau’s trading post. McCoy filed a plat on his land in 1833 and because he considered it a portal to the West, named it Westport.

In 1840, the Town of Kansas had 500 residents. In 1853, with an area of nearly a square mile and a population of 2,500 persons, the City of Kansas elected its first mayor, William S. Gregory. The first city council meeting was held April 25, 1853, in a building on the river between Walnut and Main streets. Council members received $2 for each meeting they attended.

The hottest issue of the day in the 1850s was the emotion-packed question of whether the new Kansas Territory should be admitted to the Union as a free state or a slave state. Jackson County residents were acutely affected, as most of them were pro-South and the town was a border point. Skirmishes between pro- and anti-slavery forces began along the Missouri-Kansas border six years before the Civil War.

Events in the City of Kansas area climaxed Aug. 14, 1863, when a building at 14th and Grand being used by the Union army as a temporary jail collapsed, killing some women who were related to William Quantrill’s pro-slavery raiders. Quantrill retaliated seven days later with his infamous attack on Lawrence, Kan., in which 150 persons were killed and Lawrence was virtually destroyed.

After the war, Leavenworth, Kan., the City of Kansas and St. Joseph, Mo., were competitors for trade dominance in the area. The City of Kansas won the competition, thanks to passage of a bill in Congress providing for construction of the Hannibal Bridge across the Missouri River at Broadway Avenue.

The railroads helped make possible one of Kansas City’s biggest early-day industries: cattle. From beginnings not long after the Civil War, the city became one of the world’s major cattle markets. The Kansas City stockyard was founded in 1870, and the Kansas City Livestock Exchange there, in its heyday early in the 20th century, was the largest building in the world devoted exclusively to livestock interests.(source:

Kansas City Neighborhood

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Kansas City is a large city located in the state of Missouri. With a population of 470,800 people and 147 constituent neighborhoods, Kansas City is the largest community in Missouri.

Unlike some cities, Kansas City isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Kansas City are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Kansas City is a city of sales and office workers, professionals and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Kansas City who work in office and administrative support (15.28%), sales jobs (10.14%) and management occupations (9.31%).

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

Kansas City is one of the most attractive larger cities for people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. This makes it a good place to live for young singles in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting their professional careers. Although Kansas City is a large city, this demographic is significant enough that young professionals will find many others like themselves here, with really good opportunities for friendships, recreation, romance, and more.

One important feature of Kansas City is that it is one of the most car-oriented large cities in the country. In fact, 83.48% of people commute to and from work every day by private automobile, eschewing alternative forms of transportation, which are not widely available in Kansas City anyway. So, if you like to drive, Kansas City is the city for you! The landscape around Kansas City reflects this: wide streets, parking lots, plenty of highways, malls, and shopping centers are what you’ll find.

The education level of Kansas City citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 31.55% of adults in Kansas City have at least a bachelor’s degree.

The per capita income in Kansas City in 2010 was $27,282, which is wealthy relative to Missouri, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $109,128 for a family of four. However, Kansas City contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Kansas City is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Kansas City home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Kansas City residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Kansas City also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.15% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Kansas City include German, Irish, English, Italian and French. (source:

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