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.

Peoria Integrative Medicine

Peoria, Illinois

Welcome to the Peoria Area! We have something for everyone and are proud to share our diverse offerings. Located in the heart of Illinois and nestled along the Illinois River, we offer an ideal location for leisure as well as business.

Every aspect of life in Peoria is touched or shaped in some way by the work carried out by the City.

We are responsible for a wide range of services from teaching children to keeping the streets free of litter.

Our staff work hard to ensure that residents as well as visitors get the most out of the city. We are constantly looking at ways to improve our services and to enable the whole community to shape service delivery and the city’s future.

We work in close partnership with the community and a wide range of public, private and voluntary organizations to improve services, reduce crime, and generally make Peoria a better place to live and work. (source: http://www.peoriagov.org/residents/)

Things To Do In Peoria:

Come Spend A Day In Peoria!

With our modern amenities and many unique attractions, you’ll be surprised at what the Heart of Illinois has to offer. Located halfway between Chicago and St. Louis, nestled along the Illinois River, the Peoria Area gives you big city amenities with the flavor of small town hospitality. We truly have something for everyone and look forward to sharing our community with you.

Attractions
Enjoy the Peoria Area’s wide variety of area attractions, festivals and events!

Ackerman Family Farms, LLC, is destination location for all families looking for Fall Family Fun. We’re open the third week in August until Halloween. Farmer John grows over 150 varieties of pumpkins, gourds and squash, and even the most particular individual will find the perfect pumpkin!

The Caterpillar Visitors Center is a fascinating look at the company, the iron and the people making sustainable progress possible around the world. From the humble beginnings of the first tractor to the company’s present-day leadership in building infrastructure

Peoria’s cultural hub featuring art exhibitions, artist studios, art instruction, comedy improv, poetry nights, yoga and tai chi classes, jazz and blues performances. The Contemporary Art Center exhibits the work of living artists at the forefront of their fields.

Previously known as O’ Brien Field, Dozer Park is home to Minor League Baseball’s Peoria Chiefs (Single A Affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals) and Bradley University Baseball, is located in downtown Peoria.

Fon du Lac Park District. Experience what over 1, 600 acres of parks, natural areas, riverfront and trails have to offer. Enjoy two golf courses, a picturesque marina and campground, Splashdown WaterPark, and a variety of recreational programs and activities for all ages

Henepin Canal Bike Paths. Want a peaceful, relaxing day of picnicking, hiking, fishing and good old fashioned family fun? Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park is just the place you’re looking for. Spend the day and bring a picnic lunch along

The Spirit of Peoria is a turn-of-the-century paddle wheeler available for sight-seeing, themed cruises, private charters, and overnight excursions to Starved Rock State Park and the Saint Louis riverfront. (source: http://www.peoria.org/Visitors)

Education in Peoria

About Peoria educational system

Peoria is served by four public K-12 school districts:

  • Peoria Public Schools District 150 is the largest and serves the majority of the city. District 150 schools include dozens of primary and middle schools, as well as three public high schools: Richwoods High School, which hosts the competitive International Baccalaureate Program of study; Manual High School; and Peoria High School (Central), the oldest high school in Illinois. Until the end of the 2009–2010 school year, a fourth high school, Woodruff High School, closed. According to SchoolDigger, District 150 has the highest-ranking middle school (Washington Gifted Middle School).
  • Peoria District 150 is also served by Quest Charter Academy, a STEM focused school serving grades 5-12. Quest is the only charter school in the area and began in 2010.
  • Dunlap Community Unit School District 323 serves the far north and northwest parts of Peoria that were mostly outside the city before the 1990s. Dunlap schools hasDunlap High School, 2 Middle Schools and 5 Elementary schools.
  • Limestone Community School District 310 serves a small portion of the western edge of the City of Peoria (western edges of Wardcliffe and Lexington Hills areas), but mainly serves the suburbs of Bartonville, Bellevue and surrounding towns.
  • Peoria Heights School District 325 serves the suburb of Peoria Heights; however, parts of the City of Peoria immediately outside the Heights are in this school district.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Peoria runs six schools in the city: five grade schools and Peoria Notre Dame High School. Non-denominational Peoria Christian School operates a grade school, middle school, and high school.

In addition, Concordia Lutheran School, Peoria Academy, Christ Lutheran School, and several smaller private schools exist.

Bradley University, Midstate College, Methodist College, OSF St. Francis College of Nursing, the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, the Downtown and North campuses of Illinois Central College, and the Peoria campus of Robert Morris University are based in the city. Additionally, Eureka College and the main campus of Illinois Central College are located nearby in Eureka and East Peoria, respectively. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peoria,_Illinois#Education)

History Of Peoria:

Peoria is rich in history!

Peorians and visitors alike are often surprised to learn that Peoria was the first European settlement in Illinois, and one of the earliest in Middle America. Standing atop Peoria’s world-famous Grandview Drive, and looking out into the beautiful river valley, it’s easy to see why the Native Americans lived here for more than 12,000 years.

Illinois River Country’s origins trace back to France. In 1673, French fur trader Louis Joliet and French missionary Fr. Jacques Marquette canoed into the Peoria river valley and reported to France the riches of its new colonial territory. Later, in 1680, French explorer LaSalle, along with 30 men, built a small fort on the east bluff of the Peoria river valley and christened it Fort Crevecoeur (meaning broken heart). The fort was the very first European building ever constructed in the Midwest.

While the French and British occupied the land for several centuries, the first American settlers began farming here in 1819. Soon the small village experienced a great economic and population boom. With an abundance of natural resources and access to the great water highway of the Illinois River, many early industries arose, including meat-packing plants, casting foundries, pottery factories, wholesale warehousing, distilleries, and earthmoving and farm machinery manufacturers.

In 1837, Judge John C. Flanagan built his American Federalist style home on Peoria’s east bluff. The Federalist style, which was popular from 1780 to the early 1840s, reflects ideas that were gaining favor during the founding of the United States and is more likely to have curved lines and decorative flourishes than before. The Pettengill-Morron House reflects the mid-Victorian architectural influences of the post-Civil War era. Built in 1868, the house is now a museum, portraying the life of the Morron family, the last owners of the house.

Today both houses are listed on the National Register for Historic Homes and are open to the public as museums, giving us glimpses into an almost forgotten world of horse-drawn carriages and homes without the modern conveniences of microwaves and televisions. (source: http://www.peoria.org/PeoriaHistory)

Peoria Neighborhood

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Peoria is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 115,828 people and 34 constituent neighborhoods, Peoria is the seventh largest community in Illinois.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Peoria is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Peoria is a city of professionals, sales and office workers and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Peoria who work in office and administrative support (12.21%), sales jobs (11.36%) and management occupations (8.70%).

One thing that you will notice about Peoria is that there is a good-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. Many singles consider Peoria a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.

The overall education level of Peoria citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 33.09% of adults in Peoria have at least a bachelor’s degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.

The per capita income in Peoria in 2010 was $27,546, which is upper middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $110,184 for a family of four. However, Peoria contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

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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.