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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.

South Elgin Integrative Medicine

South Elgin, Illinois

South Elgin is rich in history, culture, recreation and natural beauty. Long before Illinois’ early settlers moved into the region during the nineteenth century, the Fox River carved out a picturesque valley through northeastern Illinois. By 1835, the Fox River Valley was established and a small settlement emerged with a blacksmith shop, flour mills and a quarry that was known as Clintonville. In the mid-1880’s the Clintonville Post Office changed its name to South Elgin and the area was incorporated as the Village of South Elgin on April 20,1897. The Village slowly grew and evolved from a rural farming community and railroad depot, to a thriving modern community. Residents here enjoy the natural beauty of the Fox River, and live close to work and schools. In 2007, Money Magazine ranked South Elgin as one of the Best Places to Live in the United States for economic opportunity, excellent schools, safe streets, things-to-do and a real sense of community. In 2011, the Village was ranked in the CNN/Money’s Top 100 again for economic strength, great job opportunities, top schools and safe streets.

The Village is located in Northeastern Illinois’ Kane County, approximately 40 miles northwest of Chicago. IL Route 31 and IL Route 25 extend south to St. Charles and north to Elgin and beyond. Residents use IL Route 19 and U.S. 20 (Lake Street) to reach destinations to the east and west. Driving the 4.6 mile Stearns Road Corridor is an amazing experience. The lush foliage, natural landscape, simple but beautiful river crossing and open pedestrian/bicycle trail celebrate the natural history of the corridor while providing a much needed transportation link connecting IL Route 25 at Dunham Road with McLean Boulevard and Randall Road to the west. (source:

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Residents are blessed with a wealth of natural resources in and around South Elgin. The Fox River makes its way through the heart of the Village inviting all to enjoy its beauty. Anglers throughout the year fish in the knee-deep waters just south of the dam at Panton Mill Park. Spots along the river’s edge such as Pickerel Point on Riverside Drive and Nellie Avenue offer quiet seclusion for fishing. The Kane County Forest Preserve District manages miles of paved bikeways and hiking trails winding beneath a canopy of stately trees.

Smooth, clean and well-marked, the Fox River Trail is a paved path running parallel to the Fox River and extends for many miles, as far north as Crystal Lake and south to Aurora. It is a unique, scenic journey through the Fox River Valley for bikers, joggers, hikers and in-line skaters. There are many quiet parks and rest areas along the way offering a unique opportunity to explore the hidden natural wonders of northern Illinois. The Illinois Prairie Path and the Great Western Trail, successful rail-to-trail conversions traverse unincorporated rural townships, natural wetlands, restored prairies and farmland. Canoeing and boating on the Fox River, where the slow moving waters are deceptively strong, are always favorite summertime activities. The Brewster Creek Forest Preserve on Route 25 in nearby St. Charles is a 27-acre heavily wooded preserve along Brewster Creek at its north and east borders. The Forest Preserve District’s future plans for the site include a youth camping area, habitat restoration, and picnic areas. The Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve is located on IL Route 31 at a “crook” along the west bank of the Fox River and is a historical burial site of unknown soldiers in General Scott’s army. A large statue of Chief Blackhawk is situated at the preserve’s entrance.

County Park on Wills Street is a wooded nature park boasting picnic areas, ball fields and access to the Fox River Trail. SEBA Park on Water Street has a picnic area, bike trail access, and is home to a sensory and developmentally appropriate playground encouraging able bodied and disabled children to play together. Residents also enjoy 181 acres of fine neighborhood parks throughout the Village.  Some of the more popular parks are East Avenue Park and Ann Street Park on the east side of the Fox River, and River Ridge Park and Ralph Tredup Memorial Park on the south-west side. Named after renowned families of the area, Stowell-Peddy Park in the Thornwood Subdivision features five exercise stations, a skate park, soccer field, and trail systems built around a historic granary. Future x-gamers hone their skills at Sperry Park on Dean Street, where participants enjoy a grinding rail, a half pipe, quarter pipes and a fun box. Footprints in Time, a park located at the corner of IL Route 31 and State Street is a quiet place dedicated to the memory of children whose shortened lives left an eternal impression on the community and to the individuals whose lives were devoted to loving, mentoring and educating them. TheSouth Elgin Cemetery on the east side of the Fox River along Middle Street dates back to 1851. Golfers in the area enjoy a multitude of courses, including The Highlands and Bowes Creek Country Club in Elgin along with dozens more found throughout the region.

The Parks and Recreation Department encourages involvement in many team athletic programs within the community. The Department offers an annual schedule of programs and classes for participants of all ages and interests including fitness, arts and crafts, and recreational classes for children, teens, adults and seniors. The department shares the mission of the Fox Valley Special Recreation Association to enrich the lives of people with disabilities offering a wide range of year-round recreational opportunities to promote active, healthy and playful lifestyles. The Village is also home to traveling soccer, little league and youth football associations which feature programs for children age five through fourteen. Some residents are also served by the St. Charles Park District. (source:

Education in South Elgin

About South Elgin educational system

South Elgin students receive a quality education in two public school systems – in either nearby St. Charles Community Unit School District #303 or School District U-46. St. Patrick School provides a private education option for area students K-8th grade. Kenyon Woods Middle School and South Elgin High School are located within the Village Boundary. South Elgin students pursuing educational goals beyond high school take advantage of the Village’s close proximity to a number of highly-regarded colleges. North Central College and Aurora University are all within a short drive of the Village. On McLean Boulevard, Elgin Community College offers a large variety of two-year programs and associate degree programs and is an excellent building block for students who continue on to baccalaureate degrees at the many prestigious universities Illinois has to offer. Some of these include: the University of Chicago, DePaul University, the University of Illinois, Loyola University, Northwestern University, Roosevelt University and Northern Illinois University.

Community Unit School District 303 is a high-achieving, preK-12 system covering 57.4 square miles in the picturesque Fox River Valley, 40 miles west of Chicago. District 303 serves about 12,500 prek-12 students (September, 2015) from the City of St. Charles and portions of West Chicago, South Elgin, Wayne, Campton Hills, Wasco, Elburn and unincorporated Kane County.

In July 2011, Family Circle Magazine named St. Charles the Best Town for Families in the United States. Among the reasons why the City of St. Charles was given this honor is the involvement of District 303 in the community.  District 303 works closely with the City of St. Charles, the St. Charles Park District, the St. Charles Public Library and other civic organizations to benefit the residents of the community.

The district operates 12 elementary schools, three middle schools, and two high schools.

District 303 schools perform very well on state standardized tests and other local assessments.

  • District 303’s composite ACT score for 2014 is 23.3 compared to a state average of 20.7 and the national average of 21.0.
  • 58 percent of all District 303 students met or exceeded state learning standards for the PARCC test in 2015. Statewide, 33 percent of all students met or exceeded state learning standards in 2015*
  • Approximately 93% of the district’s graduates go to college.

Covering 90 square miles, School District U-46 serves families in 11 communities within Cook, DuPage and Kane Counties of Chicago’s Northwest suburbs. The district is approximately 45 minutes west of downtown Chicago, and the majority of our communities are easily accessible from major interstates and commuter rail lines.

School District U-46 serves more than 40,000 pre-schoolers through twelfth graders. The district ranks as the second largest in Illinois with 53 schools; 40 elementary, 8 middle, and 5 high schools.

The District headquarters is called the “U-46 Educational Services Center,” and is located at 355 E. Chicago Street, Elgin, IL 60120. The phone number is 847-888-5000. The Educational Services Center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday except for June and July when hours are 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday.


History Of Elgin:

Elgin is rich in history!

South Elgin is located in Elgin Township, and straddles both sides of the scenic Fox River, and is situated between St.Charles and Elgin.  It was once known as Clintonville.  Today it is a growing community with easy access to beautiful bike trails, Elgin Community College, new homes and reliable bus service.

GILBERT & TEFFT began the first dam, but the flood of 1837 swept it away before it was completed.

GILBERT & TEFFT built a second dam, which was still in place in 1900, and a saw mill on the east side of the river.

Distillery built by NATHAN WILLIAMS and operated by several companies over the years, without the expected financial success.

East side of the Village laid out by TRUMAN GILBERT.
West side of the Village was laid out soon after by Dr. JOSEPH TEFFT and B.W. RAYMOND.
Additions followed by Truman Gilbert and heirs of Dr. COLLINS.
HIRAM J. BROWN built a flour mill on the west side. (source:

South Elgin Neighborhood

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South Elgin is a medium-sized village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 22,226 people and four constituent neighborhoods, South Elgin is the 113th largest community in Illinois.

South Elgin home prices are not only among the most expensive in Illinois, but South Elgin real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Unlike some villages, South Elgin isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in South Elgin are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, South Elgin is a village of sales and office workers, managers and professionals.

Because of many things, South Elgin is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, South Elgin really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is South Elgin perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

One downside of living in South Elgin is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In South Elgin, the average commute to work is 31.43 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. (source:

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