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 J. LaCava

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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.

Ocala Integrative Medicine

Ocala, Florida

Ocala is a collision of art, history, fine dining and entertainment. Whether it’s a nostalgic movie-going experience at the Marion Theatre, an enchanting evening at The Wine Experience, or something in between, Downtown Ocala is your one stop, one-of-a kind destination experience. The downtown restaurants, events on the square and night life venues cater to all ages.

Collaborative efforts between community organizations and city staff have inspired new traditions like the Ocala Farm Market and the First Friday Art Walk, while preserving some community favorites such as Light Up Ocala. Downtown is not just a location; it’s a feeling. Nowhere else can you get lost in the history while experiencing the culture and lifestyle of Ocala’s future at the same time. (source: http://www.feeldowntownocala.com/about-feel-downtown/)

Things To Do In Ocala:

Come Spend A Day In Ocala!

The Canyons Zip Line and Canopy Tours
Come and join our professionally certified guides as they lead you through a beautiful and remote natural area that few have ever seen.

We have one tour that takes 2 1/2 (two and a half) to 3 (three) hours! This will include: NINE zips, TWO rope bridges, a rappel, hiking trails, and more!

This amazing adventure will have your adrenaline pumping as you go zipping past the cliff sides of this one of a kind property. Lakes, cliffs, massive canyons and more…It’s the only place in Florida where all these things exist and it’s only at The Canyons Zip Line & Canopy Tours

Silver Springs State Park
Silver Springs State Park, formerly known as Silver River State Park, is a Florida State Park located on the Silver River in Marion County. The park contains Silver Springs, Florida’s first tourist attraction.

National Parts Depot
National Parts Depot is the world’s premier supplier of restoration and performance parts and accessories for classic American cars, including 1967-1981 Camaro, 1967-1981 Firebird/Trans AM, 1964-1987 Chevelle/Malibu/El Camino, 1964-1972 GTO/Lemans/Tempest, 1947-1998 Chevrolet C/K Half-Ton Truck, 1965-1973 Mustang, 1979-1993 Mustang, 1955-1957 Thunderbird, 1948-1996 F-Series Truck and Bronco. NPD has four convenient U.S. locations in Florida, Michigan, North Carolina and California, all with climate-controlled warehouse stores for fast, unequaled delivery speeds and friendly customer service.

Golden Ocala
Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club is a private club located in Ocala, Florida. This members-only club features an award winning golf course, Har-Tru Hydro-Grid tennis courts, a state-of-the-art equestrian center, a pampering salon and spa, and a stately 77,000 foot clubhouse perfect for hosting your special event. Golden Ocala offers a luxurious equestrian and golf lifestyle for our residents and vacation guests.

Appleton Museum of Art
The Appleton Museum of Art brings art and people together to inspire, challenge and enrich present and future generations through our wide range of collections, exhibitions, programs and educational opportunities.(source: https://www.facebook.com/places/Things-to-do-in-Ocala-Florida/109342255752091/)

Education in Ocala

About Ocala educational system

The Marion County School Board is the government regulatory body for public education in Marion County, Florida, and is seated in Ocala, Fl. It is currently made up of 5 districts, with a representative for each district. Current members of the board include:

The public schools in Ocala are run by the Marion County School Board. There are 30 elementary, 10 middle, and 10 ten public high schools in Marion County, which include the following schools in Ocala:

Elementary schools

  • Anthony Elementary School
  • College Park
  • Dr. N. H. Jones
  • Eighth Street
  • Evergreen
  • Greenway
  • Ward-Highlands
  • Wyomina Par

Middle schools

  • Fort King
  • Howard
  • Liberty Middle School

High schools

  • Forest
  • Marion Technical Institute
  • Vanguard

Colleges and universities

Ocala is home to the College of Central Florida, a member of the Florida College System, accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. CF offers bachelor’s degrees in Business and Organizational Management, Early Childhood Education, and Nursing, as well as associate degrees and certificates. The college offers specialty programs in equine studies, agribusiness, and logistics. It also has one of 21 campuses of Rasmussen College, a Higher Learning Commission regionally accredited post secondary institution. Webster University offers on-site, regionally accredited graduate degree programs in business and counseling at their Ocala Metropolitan Campus. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ocala,_Florida#Education)

History Of Ocala:

Ocala is rich in history!

Ocala’s name comes from the extinct Timucuan Indians who called their village Ocali, commonly thought to mean “Big Hammock”.  Today, many of Ocala’s streets have historical Indian names, while others have Spanish names from old land grants.

  •  Ocala was developed as a result of the Indian Wars in which Fort King played a strategic role.
  • In 1846 Ocala became the county seat of newly formed Marion County (honoring General Francis Marion).  By 1847 settlers constructed a courthouse on the square, the post office moved to Ocala, and a weekly newspaper was established.
  • By 1858 Ocala was one of the leading social and business centers in Florida.
  • The civil war all but destroyed business in Ocala, and the population dwindled to about 200 people.
  • In 1880 Joseph Caldwell platted a 50 block area southeast of the original city plat on land that had been part of the 1817 Alvarez grant.  The road from Ocala to Fort King ran across this land.
  • The center of town was virtually destroyed by fire on Thanksgiving Day in 1883.
  • In rebuilding, brick and other fire resistant materials were used instead of lumber. Thus, Ocala became known as the “Brick City”, a name still used today.
  • According to the 1885 Charter of Ocala, the Town of Ocala was locally incorporated in 1868; stated approval was granted on February 4, 1869.   At the time of incorporation, the city limits were set 1000 yards in all directions from the downtown square.
  • By 1890, Ocala had expanded to four square miles and its population had increased to 1,895; it was the fifth largest town in Florida.
  • Early homes in Ocala were constructed within a few blocks of the Court House Square, and are now part of the Ocala and Tuscawilla Park Historic Districts. (source: http://www.ocalafl.org/living/historic-preservation)

Ocala Neighborhood

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Ocala is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Florida. With a population of 57,586 people and 39 constituent neighborhoods, Ocala is the 49th largest community in Florida.

Ocala is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Ocala is a city of sales and office workers, service providers and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Ocala who work in office and administrative support (13.56%), sales jobs (12.25%) and healthcare (11.51%).

The population of Ocala overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Ocala, 22.22% have at least a bachelor’s degree.

The per capita income in Ocala in 2010 was $22,399, which is middle income relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $89,596 for a family of four. However, Ocala contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Ocala is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Ocala home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Ocala residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Ocala also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 12.48% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Ocala include German, Irish, English, Italian, African and Scottish. (source: https://www.neighborhoodscout.com/fl/ocala/)

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