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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.

Rochester Integrative Medicine

Rochester, Minnesota

The mission of the City of Rochester is to provide a safe, attractive environment through the responsive, efficient, and cost-effective delivery of municipal services.  The City will strive to enhance community pride by improving the physical, environmental, economic, cultural, and social quality of the community.

Rochester is the county seat of Olmsted county and is the third-largest city in Minnesota.  The city has been frequently recognized by Money Magazine, since the 1980’s as one of the best places to live in the United States ranging from the best overall to the best in the Midwest. (raedi)  According to the United States Census Bureau the estimated population in 2013 was 110,742.

The city of Rochester lies alongside the south fork of the Zumbro River and encompasses approximately 54 square mile area.  Nestled in a valley, Rochester’s skyline has tall buildings at the city’s center with farm fields in the foreground.  It has more than 3500 acres of park land and more than 85 miles of paved trails to explore.  (source:

Things To Do In Rochester:

Come Spend A Day In Rochester!

Minnesota city is now home to the world-famous Mayo Clinic. Not only does this large integrated health facility provide patient-centered care, its special programs bring the arts to patients’ bedsides. In addition, the Mayo Clinic hosts a free weekly concert open to the public in the Barbara Woodward Lips Atrium.

Regional groups sponsor the art and cultural activities occurring at the Mayo Clinic and elsewhere. The Choral Arts Ensemble of Rochester, located in the downtown area on Northwest 14th Street, showcases a mélange of voices that performs mainly classical music. A favorite venue of those visiting Rochester, the Rochester Art Center on Civic Center Drive, is housed in a 36,000-square-foot building featuring two distinct architectural forms. One part of the building is covered in copper, and the other is covered in zinc, with the two buildings linked by a glass atrium. Visual artists featured in this gallery include Tonny Tasset, Wilhelm Sasnal and Nancy Rexroth.

Visitors also enjoy catching a show at Rochester Civic Theatre. Located close to the art center on Civic Center Drive, this theater produces numerous live shows throughout the year for children and adults. Productions have included “Flowers for Algernon,” “’Tis the Season of Turducken,” and “The Neverending Story.”

Two Rochester attractions that grape connoisseurs must hit are the Cannon River Winery and Post Town Winery. Cannon River Winery is forty-five minutes south of the civic center by car. It offers visitors a variety of wine-tasting options, from a “small flight” to a full tasting, for a nominal fee. Bottlings include different whites, blushes, and red blends as well as apple and honey wines. Post Town Winery is located within Rochester, 10 minutes west of the civic center on North Frontage Road, on the outskirts of town. Rochester visitors from other areas will be particularly interested in their unique grape varietals: Frontenac, LaCrescent, Prairie Star, and St. Pepin grapes are a few. The tasting room is open on Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons. Live music often accompanies tastings.

One not-to-miss Rochester attraction is the Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial in the historic southwest quarter of the city, five minutes’ drive south of the civic center. This unique memorial park features a wall of remembrance, statuary and an 18-hole golf course.

Those visiting Rochester in warmer months should stroll through the residential Pine Hill district, two blocks to the west of the veterans’ memorial. Many of the homes between Third and Ninth Streets and Seventh and Tenth Avenues have been added to the National Register of Historic Places, including the Mayowood Mansion and the Historic Chateau Theatre, which also houses a Barnes and Noble bookstore. For less-structured sightseeing, take advantage of the city’s parks and 85 miles of paved hiking and biking paths, some of which front beautiful Silver Lake and the Zumbro River. (source:

Education in Rochester

About Rochester educational system

Rochester Public Schools enroll 16,300 students in 23 public primary and secondary schools. The city is divided into three public high school attendance zones: John Marshall, Mayo and Century. Private schools in the city include Lourdes, Schaeffer Academy, a K-12 classical Christian school, and Resurrection Lutheran School, a K-8 Christian school of the WELS. Studio Academy, a fine arts-focused charter school operated for 10 years in Rochester and closed its doors in 2011 upon losing its charter. The Rochester STEM Academy opened in 2011, occupying the former Studio Academy building.

Higher education in Rochester has been concentrated around the former University Center Rochester in the city’s southeast outskirts, where Rochester Community and Technical College shares a campus with a branch of Winona State University. The University of Minnesota offered degrees through UCR until 2007, when the University of Minnesota Rochester was established downtown. Rochester is also home to Crossroads College, along with branches of Cardinal Stritch University and the Minnesota School of Business. Branches of Augsburg College and College of St. Scholastica are also in Rochester as are branches of Winona State University and St. Mary’s University. The Mayo Clinic offers graduate medical education and research programs through the Mayo Medical School and Mayo Graduate School. (source:,_Minnesota#Education)

Rochester Public Schools

Our mission is to inspire, challenge, and empower all students with the knowledge and skills required to reach their full potential, to contribute to future generations, and to become involved members of a global community.

• 7th largest district in the state of MN
• More than 17,000 students
• 15.7% of our students are Special Education
• Employs nearly 3,000 SE Minnesota Community Members
• Our district spans 218 square miles
• 80 spoken languages in our schools
• 76% of RPS teachers have an advanced degree (Master’s Degree or the equivalency)
• 17 Elementary Schools, 4 Middle Schools, 3 High Schools, and 1 Alternative Learning Center
• 6 District-Wide Options
• 2015-2016 General Fund budget: $196,653,817
• Yearly per-student spending is $11,273
• Offering enrichment from birth through adulthood


History Of Rochester:

Rochester is rich in history!

For thousands of years, native peoples traversed and settled in the area that would become Minnesota.  Native peoples came from Upper Mississippi cultures, from the Northern Woodlands and Western Prairies.  In the last few hundred years, those most frequently inhabiting this area were the Dakota /Sioux, Ojibway, and Winnebago.  The earliest European explorers came to this area seeking a Northwest Passage to the Pacific Ocean. First to arrive were the French in 1660 – Father Louis Hennepin and Pierre Le Sueur. Later Jonathan Carver and other English explorers paddled their birch bark canoes to Minnesota – either up the Mississippi River or across Lake Superior.  For almost two centuries after Hennepin paddled his canoe up the Mississippi, few non-natives had seen the rolling plains and deep valleys of what is now southeastern Minnesota. Under a treaty with the U.S. government concluded in 1853, the Dakota/Sioux Indians relinquished the area, that would include Rochester, to the Territory of Minnesota.

Rochester developed as a stop along the Dubuque trail, a stagecoach line between St. Paul and Dubuque, Iowa.  Located at a crossroads near the Zumbro River, travelers would stop in this area to camp and water their animals. On July 12, 1854, George Head and his family laid claim to land that now forms part of Rochester’s central business district. It was there that they built a log cabin known as Head’s Tavern. Head named the city after his hometown of Rochester, NY.  In 1855, the territorial legislature created Olmsted County, named after David Olmsted who was the first mayor of St. Paul but never a resident of the county named for him. Rochester was declared the county seat and was incorporated as a city on August 5, 1858.

In 1863 a physician named William Worrall Mayo, who emigrated to the U.S. from England in 1845, arrived in Rochester from Le Sueur, Minnesota, to become examining surgeon of federal draftees during the Civil War.  Dr. W.W. Mayo stayed on and became Rochester’s “County Doctor”.  In 1864, Rochester became a stop on the Winona & St. Peter Railroad. Three years later, the line was sold to the Chicago & Northwestern Transportation Company, providing area farmers and businesses with the ability to bring their goods to a national market.

On August 12, 1883, a thunderstorm swept across the rolling plains.  This violent storm brought a tornado to Rochester killing 24 people, injuring 100 and destroying 150 buildings. The Sisters of Saint Francis and Dr. W.W. Mayo and his sons came to the aid of those injured by the storm.  Sister Mary Alfred Moe, a Franciscan sister teaching in Rochester, was convinced Rochester needed a permanent medical facility. She approached Dr. Mayo with a proposal.  The Sisters would find a way to build a hospital if the good doctor and his sons, William, who joined the practice in 1883 and Charles, who would join in 1888, would agree to provide the medical staff.  This collaboration laid the framework for today’s St. Marys Hospital which opened in 1889 with 27 beds.  Other doctors came to practice with the Mayo’s, and the medical team developed scientific laboratories to test and refine their medical knowledge. Their efforts would set in motion the development of what has become one of the world’s foremost centers of medical care. (source:

Rochester Neighborhood

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Rochester is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Minnesota. With a population of 111,402 people and 29 constituent neighborhoods, Rochester is the third largest community in Minnesota.

Rochester is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.27% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Rochester is a city of professionals, sales and office workers and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Rochester who work in healthcare (16.85%), office and administrative support (10.92%) and sales jobs (9.11%).

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

One thing noticeable about Rochester, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Rochester is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Rochester a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 17.47 minutes getting to work every day.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Rochester is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Rochester, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

The citizens of Rochester are among the most well-educated in the nation: 42.16% of adults in Rochester have a bachelor’s degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor’s degree.

The per capita income in Rochester in 2010 was $33,625, which is wealthy relative to Minnesota and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $134,500 for a family of four. However, Rochester contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Rochester is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Rochester home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Rochester residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Rochester include German, Norwegian, Irish, English, Swedish and Polish. (source:

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