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.

Rogers Integrative Medicine

Rogers, Arkansas

Rogers, Arkansas has evolved from a hard working 19th century rail town, named after railroad man C.W. Rogers, to one of the best places to live in America (as ranked by Money Magazine). And the things that make Rogers the ideal place to call home are precisely the same qualities that make it a great destination for business or pleasure.

Our John Q. Hammons Center is one of the top convention facilities in the region, making Rogers an ideal place to gather for groups large and small. But that’s just the beginning of what makes our city unique. We couple premiere meeting space with the area’s top destination shopping center in The Pinnacle Hills Promenade, top notch dining at renowned establishments like Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, plus an array of historical and outdoor activities to intrigue, excite and entertain anyone.

Our city has it all— a business district with the newest hotels, restaurants and amenities, a downtown loaded with authentic history and an unrivaled setting that includes Beaver Lake and backdrop of the rolling hills of the Ozarks. We invite you to explore Rogers online and then make plans to see us in person and discover for yourself the welcoming energy and genuine hospitality that makes Rogers so exciting to our visitors. (source: http://www.visitrogersarkansas.com/about-rogers/)

Things To Do In Rogers:

Come Spend A Day In Rogers!

Walmart is perhaps the city’s best-known hometown company, yet another venerable Rogers attraction is the maker of Daisy air rifles. Visitors to Rogers can tour the Daisy Airgun Museum, located in the historic section of downtown in a building that dates to 1896. Inside the museum is a collection of antique airguns dating to the 1600s.

Rogers is also home to A.G. Russell Knives, a mail-order company prized by knife collectors. In 2002 the company’s first retail store, located on Interstate 540, became another popular Rogers attraction. Visitors are welcome to browse its large display of knives and other products.

On the city’s eastern edge is one of Rogers’ most beautiful attractions, Lake Atalanta. This man-made lake was created in the 1930s when the Works Progress Administration built a dam along Prairie Creek. It is named for Atalanta Gregory, the wife of O. L. Gregory, who donated most of the land used to create the lake. Along the lake is Rogers’ largest city park, Lake Atalanta Park. On the opposite side is Arkansas’s largest state park in land area, Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area (HSPCA), covering 12,056 acres.

Ten miles north, the Pea Ridge National Military Park marks a major Civil War battleground. The 4,300-acre battlefield is where over 26,000 soldiers fought to determine the fate of both Missouri and the entire west. Pea Ridge ultimately kept Missouri in the Union and, as such, was one of the Civil War’s most important battles. It is also the best preserved Civil War battlefield in the U.S.

Ten miles east of Rogers is the War Eagle Gristmill, which dates to 1832 and today includes a shop and restaurant. About 5 miles away is the War Eagle Cavern, which is open from March through October and includes wide passageways that are both pet- and stroller-friendly. Guided hourly tours, gem panning, a maze and hiking trails are part of the site as well.

In recent years, the city has launched the building of new sports facilities to keep pace with its growth. Among the newest attractions in Rogers is the city’s Regional Sports Park, which includes six fields, bleachers, concessions stand, a water feature and a small playground. (source: https://www.mapquest.com/us/ar/rogers-282041324)

Education in Rogers

About Rogers educational system

Secondary education

Rogers is home to several public and private school districts and schools including:

  • Rogers School District – In 2012, 2013, & 2014, both Rogers and Rogers Heritage high schools were recognized with Silver awards from U.S. News & World Report Top 1,000 High Schools in America and were ranked among the top schools in the state. Additionally, for many years, Rogers High School has been ranked by Newsweek magazine among the top 1,300 schools in the country.
    • Rogers High School (Home of the Mountaineers) was the first of the Rogers School District’s three high schools, which also includes Rogers Heritage High School and Rogers New Technology High School. RHS and HHS, each with about 2,000 students, are in the state’s largest classification (7A).
    • Rogers Heritage High School (Home of the War Eagles) is Rogers’ second high school that opened in August 2008. The two traditional Rogers high schools offer the same courses and athletic opportunities. They both serve students in grades 9-12.
    • Rogers New Technology High School opened in 2013 and is part of the New Tech Network. Like more than 120 New Tech schools around the country, the Rogers school features an instructional approach centered on project-based learning and integrated technology in the classroom.
  • Arkansas Arts Academy High School is a public charter school supported by the Arkansas Arts Academy district.
  • St. Vincent de Paul is a private Catholic school, the largest private school in Rogers.

Postsecondary education

The city has local campuses of the University of Phoenix, Bryan College, University of Arkansas, Harding University, and John Brown University.

Other nearby schools and campuses include the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville), Northwest Arkansas Community College (Bentonville),and John Brown University (a Christian school in Siloam Springs). (source :https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rogers,_Arkansas#Education)

 

History Of Rogers:

Rogers is rich in history!

Rogers was named after Captain Charles Warrington Rogers, who was vice-president and general manager of the St. Louis and San Francisco Railway, also known as the Frisco. The town was established in 1881, the year the Frisco line arrived; it was at this time the area residents honored Captain Rogers by naming it for him. The community was incorporated on June 6, 1881.

Rogers was the location of the first Wal-Mart store, whose corporate headquarters is located in neighboring Bentonville, Arkansas. Daisy Outdoor Products, known for its air rifles, has both its headquarters and its Air Rifle Museum in Rogers. In June 2007, BusinessWeek magazine ranked Rogers as 18th in its list of the 25 best affordable suburbs in the American South. And in 2010, CNN Money ranked Rogers # 10 on their list of 100 Best Places to Live.

Historic commerce

The first retail business owned by the Stroud family was a store in Pea Ridge, Arkansas, which was co-owned by Allen Bryant Stroud (1831–1914) and his son Harlan Lafayette (H.L.) Stroud (1858–1950). That business was established prior to 1879 and Allen Stroud also served as postmaster at Pea Ridge for a time. In 1884, H.L. Stroud sold his interest in the Stroud store in Pea Ridge and purchased a dry goods store at the corner of First and Walnut Streets in Rogers which he named Stroud’s Mercantile.

In 1887 he brought in his brother Evan Giesen (1868–1952) to serve as manager of his new business. In 1891 H.L. Stroud moved his business into a storefront on the north side of the 100 block of Walnut Street. Stroud’s continued to prosper, and in 1899 H.L. built the brick building at 114–116 West Walnut Street. Stroud’s continued to be the leading retail business in Rogers up into the 1960s, when in 1962 Sam Walton opened the first location of what would become the retail giant Walmart just seven blocks away. Walton’s new store combined with the nationwide movement of retail centers from aged downtowns to malls and shopping centers slowly eroded Stroud’s customer base, leading the locally beloved retailer to permanently close in 1993 after 109 years in business. In 1912 the city council formed a commission of local businessmen to facilitate the paving of downtown Rogers. Despite the constant complaints of dusty and muddy streets, and the enthusiastic support of prominent citizens such as Coin Harvey, bickering over the cost and method of paving delayed the start of the project until July, 1924. The downtown area was paved with concrete and overlaid with bricks in rows, changing to a basket weave pattern at the intersections of streets. The work was completed in December, 1924, and the brick pavement remains today, with renovations done to the streets in 2010. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rogers,_Arkansas#History)

Rogers Neighborhood

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Rogers is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Arkansas. With a population of 61,464 people and 15 constituent neighborhoods, Rogers is the eighth largest community in Arkansas.

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

Rogers is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Rogers is a city of sales and office workers, service providers and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Rogers who work in office and administrative support (14.11%), sales jobs (13.76%) and management occupations (9.78%).

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

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Rogers spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.88 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The percentage of people in Rogers who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 27.25% of adults in Rogers have at least a bachelor’s degree.

The per capita income in Rogers in 2010 was $26,647, which is wealthy relative to Arkansas, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $106,588 for a family of four. However, Rogers contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Rogers is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Rogers home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Rogers residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Rogers also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 31.92% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Rogers include German, English and Irish.

In addition, Rogers has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (18.59%).

The most common language spoken in Rogers is English. Some people also speak Spanish. (source: https://www.neighborhoodscout.com/ar/rogers/)

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