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.

Schaumburg Integrative Medicine

Schaumburg Illinois

Located just 30 miles outside Chicago and about 11 miles west of O’Hare International Airport, Schaumburg is the premier suburban business destination in Illinois. In the past 50 years with vision and thoughtful planning, Schaumburg has transformed from a small farming community into a thriving economic center that is home to more business in Illinois than any other community outside of Chicago. The village’s businesses provide support to the community’s 75,000 residents, 80,000 employees and the northwest suburbs by offering professional and high-quality services and goods.

 

Beyond this distinction as the economic center of the northwest suburbs, Schaumburg is a community of neighbors with first-rate services and amenities offering those who live here a high quality life. Schaumburg offers a variety of unique opportunities that can satisfy anyone’s particular craving. Residents can attend a concert or the Farmers Market in the Town Square, take in theater and other shows at the Prairie Center for the Arts, visit the Trickster Gallery (Native-owned and operated art gallery), discover family fun at Legoland Discovery Center, enjoy minor league baseball at Boomers Stadium, or utilize any of the nationally recognized Schaumburg Park District facilities. Additionally, the Schaumburg Township District Library is the second largest public library in Illinois with more than one million visitors each year. (source: http://www.villageofschaumburg.com/about/default.htm)

Things To Do In Schaumburg :

Come Spend A Day In Schaumburg !

Looking for fun? Schaumburg has activities for everyone. Whether you want to enjoy the miles of biking trails, galleries, shopping, theater, music, baseball or festivals. Schaumburg has it all. For a full list of fun activities and additional visitor information, check out the Meet Chicago Northwest.

  • Prairie Center for the Arts – one of the premiere performance venues in the northwest suburban area, hosting local entertainment as well as international touring acts.
  • Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel– award-winning architectural gem attracting tourism to Schaumburg in the form of visitors, events and large exhibition shows.
  • Farmer’s Market – Enjoy food, music, baked goods, crafts, and fresh produce all at the Schaumburg’s Farmer’s Market! Our Farmer’s Market page is updated throughout the season to showcase a list of vendors and scheduled activities.   Open through the end of October.
  • Trickster Art Gallery – the only Native American owned and operated arts institution in Illinois providing a unique contemporary view of Native Arts, cultural education and awareness.
  • Schaumburg Township District Library – a 5-star rated library by the Library Journal and the second largest public library in Illinois with more than one million visitors each year.
  • Schaumburg Park District – award winning organization providing versatile leisure opportunities through enriching programs and quality facilities, including the hidden 135-acre refuge of Spring Valley Nature Center, which is an outdoor living museum where visitors can learn about nature and local history.
  • Schaumburg Regional Airport – public use general aviation airport that is home to approximately 90 aircraft, handling about 35,000 operations a year. The airport features an award-winning restaurant, businesses, flight training and other aviation related businesses.
  • Woodfield Mall– providing the finest collection of department stores and specialty shops in the Great Lakes region with nearly 300 stores and restaurants.International Sculpture Park
    A favorite local activity is to stroll through the grounds of the Robert O. Atcher Municipal Center and look for these wonderful works of art.  Sculpture locations and artist information is available on our Chicago Athenaeum pages.

Schweikher Home & Studio Tours
The Schweikher House Preser­va­tion Trust, provides tours of one of Illi­nois’ hid­den archi­tec­tural gems, Mod­ernist archi­tect Paul Schweikher’s 1938 home and stu­dio sited on 7 acres in Schaum­burg, Illinois. (source: http://www.villageofschaumburg.com/visitors/default.htm)

Education in Schaumburg

About Schaumburg educational system

Public schools in Schaumburg are funded by property taxes, not sales tax.

The main public school district is Community Consolidated School District 54. District 54 elementary schools, some of which are located in Schaumburg, have received awards such as the Blue Ribbon Awards and Teachers Who Excel award. The schools in this area also have Special Education and bilingual classes, as well as education programs for the gifted.

Schaumburg is part of Township High School District 211. There are five high schools within District 211: Schaumburg High School, Hoffman Estates High School, Conant High School, Fremd High School andPalatine High School. Schaumburg High School recently finished a major construction project for the purpose of remodeling the outside of the building and adding extra classrooms, science labs and faculty offices. A similar yet more extensive construction project was completed at Conant High School by District 211.

Not-for-profit University

  • Roosevelt University‘s campus in Schaumburg is the largest four-year university in Chicago’s Northwest suburbs, serving approximately 2,500 students. The campus is located in the former headquarters office building of the Pure Oil Company. Roosevelt converted the building into a comprehensive campus in 1996. The Albert A. Robin Campus is home to the Doctor of Pharmacy program, which accepted its inaugural class in July 2011. Roosevelt’s PharmD program is the Midwest’s only three-year, year-round program of its kind. In July 2014, it achieved full accreditation for its Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum. The campus is also home to the University’s only PhD program (Industrial-Organizational Psychology), which began in August 2012.

For-profit college

  • The Illinois Institute of Art – Schaumburg campus.
  • The Lake Forest Graduate School of Management’s Schaumburg campus, an arm of Argosy University (formerly the Illinois Institute of Psychology)

(source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schaumburg,_Illinois#Education)

History Of Schaumburg:

Schaumburg is rich in history!

The Village of Schaumburg was incorporated on March 7, 1956, but the heritage of Schaumburg dates back to the much earlier times when the first inhabitants of the area were members of the Sauk, Fox, Pottawatomie, and Kickapoo Indian tribes.

Schaumburg’s earliest residents were primarily German speaking immigrants and their days consisted of farming, community and family. In many ways that remains true today, although now Schaumburg is a mecca of commercial activity. “Images of America – Schaumburg” is a pictorial testament of what life was like for past residents before the days of malls and expressways.

By the mid-nineteenth century, settlers first began to arrive from Germany and the eastern United States. Legend has it that the earliest settler was Trumball Kent from Oswego, New York. Kent, a “Yankee,” as settlers from New England were called in the west, founded a settlement in 1835 not far from what is now called Olde Schaumburg Centre, formerly known as Sarah’s Grove.

The first recorded settler of Schaumburg Township was German born Johann Sunderlage. According to legend, Sunderlage was a member of a survey team that divided Cook County into townships around 1833. He liked the area so much that, upon completion of the project, he brought his family from Germany and settled in the area around 1836.

Sunderlage and his family occupied their land in the Township until the federal land sale of 1842 allowed them to purchase the property and obtain the deed. Sunderlage and Kent represented the predominant groups that settled Schaumburg Township in its early days. In 1840, 56 percent of the Township households originated from the eastern United States, while 28 percent were German-born. By the 1850s, the population mix had settled to 28 percent “Yankee” and 48 percent German.

By 1870, Schaumburg Township had become completely German. Land records show that all the property in the Township was owned by German immigrants or their descendants. This pattern emerged as many Yankee settlers continued to travel west for the promise of newly opened lands on the Great Plains. The land they occupied in Schaumburg was then purchased by German-born immigrants.

Schaumburg Township remained almost exclusively under German ownership until the Great Depression of the 1930s. The Depression caused the foreclosure on some German-owned farms which were then purchased by non-German individuals and companies. (source: http://www.villageofschaumburg.com/about/schaumburgs_history.htm)

Schaumburg Neighborhood

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Schaumburg is a larger medium-sized village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 74,896 people and 17 constituent neighborhoods, Schaumburg is the 16th largest community in Illinois.

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

Unlike some villages where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Schaumburg is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Schaumburg is a village of sales and office workers, professionals and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Schaumburg who work in office and administrative support (15.63%), management occupations (12.50%) and sales jobs (12.28%).

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

Another interesting thing about Schaumburg, despite not being a huge village, is that there is a relatively high proportion of people living here who are young, single, and upwardly-mobile professionals. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Schaumburg use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Schaumburg‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the train. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

The citizens of Schaumburg are among the most well-educated in the nation: 44.84% of adults in Schaumburg 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 Schaumburg in 2010 was $35,925, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $143,700 for a family of four. However, Schaumburg contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Schaumburg is a very ethnically-diverse village. The people who call Schaumburg home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Schaumburg residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Schaumburg include German, Polish, Irish, Italian, English and Swedish. (source: https://www.neighborhoodscout.com/il/schaumburg/)

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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.