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.

St. Charles Integrative Medicine

St. Charles, Illinois

Located in both DuPage & Kane counties, the City of St. Charles is 35 miles west of downtown Chicago.  International employers, innovative schools, beautiful parks, local & regional resources, river & amenities, and unique architecture have earned St. Charles its reputation as the Pride of the Fox!   The City is home to 1,794 businesses that employ 18,000  people.  The business community is comprised of a robust mix of local and national companies.  St. Charles also features a large manufacturing community, that makes everything from mosquito repellent to plastic cups.  The city is assisted by an active Chamber of Commerce, a full service Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Downtown St. Charles Partnership.
St. Charles offers residents, tourists, and businesses unparalleled options with 2,392 guest rooms and 282,000* square feet of combined indoor convention space, a full service resort, nationally-acclaimed conference center, vintage and riverfront hotel, boutique and antique shopping, national retail options, several live performance theaters, palate-pleasing dining choices, plethora of green space, public art, stunning architecture, and free street and deck parking.
In 36-square miles there are approximately 33 acres of park land per 1,000 persons. The St. Charles Park District is recognized locally and nationally for its service to special needs patrons, opportunity of cultural art experiences, highly ranked golf courses, parks/trails, and outdoor aquatic facilities.   St. Charles also hosts a multitude of annual festivals that feature art, summer fun, and scarecrows that are enjoyed by 200,000+ people annually and creates added value for all St. Charles residents, businesses, and visitors. (source: https://www.stcharlesil.gov/profile)

Things To Do In St Charles:

Come Spend A Day In St Charles!

Otter Cove Aquatic Park
Named after the river otter, Otter Cove Aquatic Park is an exiting place for people who enjoy water. It has facilities for visitors of all age and suits all moods.

St Charles Bowl
Opened in 1961, St Charles Bowl features 24 lanes and automatic scoring suitable for open and league bowling. The center offers automatic bumpers, party hosting, a bar and grill, arcade games, televisions and pool tables.

St Charles Gymnastics Inc
Organizing competitive gymnastic teams, St Charles Gymnastics Inc offers training programs for children. It hosts open gym sessions where children can practice using trampolines, spring floors, and other gymnastic equipment.

St Charles Farms & Equestrian Center
St Charles Farms & Equestrian Center provides facilities for all areas of horse care, training, and lessons. They are a multi-use facility balancing the needs of Hunter/Jumper, Dressage, and Western Pleasure disciplines and have students compete in various circuits.

Jet Hockey Training Arena
Jet Hockey Training Arena is a studio sized skating rink featuring real ice, hockey boards, glass and netting. Jet Hockey offers ice rentals, team and private training, parties, classes and clinics.

Campton Hills Splash Park
Open during the warmer months of the year, Campton Hills Splash Park provides guests an opportunity to cool off in the hot sun. Attractions at the splash park include numerous slides, rides, pools, and other interactive water amenities.

St. Charles Heritage Center & Camp Kane
Filled with Civil War displays, St. Charles Heritage Center is a historic building that feature a mix of rotating and permanent exhibits. Visitors can learn about the first settlers to the area and about life in the 1920s. (source: http://www.tripbuzz.com/things-to-do-with-kids/st-charles-il)

Education in St. Charles

About St. Charles educational system

Community Unit School District 303 is a comprehensive K-12 public education system covering 57 square miles (150 km2) in the Fox Valley, 40 miles (64 km) west of Chicago.

District 303 serves about 13,590 students from the City of St. Charles and portions of West Chicago, South Elgin, Wayne, Campton Hills, a very small portion of Elgin and unincorporated Kane County.

The district operates 12 elementary schools, three middle schools, and two high schools, serving about 13,590 students. Athletes from both high schools belong to the Upstate Eight Conference

  • Elementaries (K-5)
    • Anderson Elementary School
    • Bell-Graham Elementary School
    • Corron Elementary School
    • Davis Primary School
    • Richmond Intermediate School
    • Ferson Creek Elementary School
    • Fox Ridge Elementary School
    • Lincoln Elementary School
    • Munhall Elementary School
    • Norton Creek Elementary School
    • Wasco Elementary School
    • Wild Rose Elementary School
    • In 2005, District 303 purchased 43 acres (170,000 m2) at the corner of Crane and Silver Glen roads with the intention of building an additional elementary and middle school (in a single-joined facility) at that location. Since the land purchase, two referendums intended to finance construction of the schools (2005 and 2006) have failed to pass, the last by a narrow margin.
  • Middle Schools (6-8)
    • Haines Middle School – Hurricanes
    • Thompson Middle School – Titans
    • Wredling Middle School – Redhawks
  • High Schools (9-12)
    • St. Charles East High School – Saints
    • St. Charles North High School – North Stars

(source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community_Unit_School_District_303)

History Of St Charles:

St Charles is rich in history!

Early history

St Charles was the location of the Native American community for the chief of the Pottawatomie that inhabited the area. A city park overlooking the river was dedicated to this Native American past. After the Black Hawk War in 1832, the entire area of the Fox Valley was opened to American settlement. Evan Shelby and William Franklin staked the first claim in what is now St. Charles in 1833. They came back in 1834 with their families from Indiana, and were joined by over a dozen other families later that year. The township was initially known as Charleston, but this name was already taken by the downstate city of Charleston, Illinois so the name of St. Charles (suggested by S. S. Jones, a lawyer) was adopted in 1839. St. Charles became incorporated as a city in 1834, 3 years before the city of Chicago. Back then, the community was known for its foul odor of fish.

Underground Railroad

Several “stations” of the slavery-era Underground Railroad were in St. Charles homes, complete with tunnels and false doorways; there was also an open abolitionistgroup called the Kane County Anti-Slavery Society, founded in 1842, with about 180 members. Most accounts lead back to a local blacksmith who set up shop in a building now known as 305 W Main St. This was most likely “the hub,” This address is the easiest to visit from the dozen “stations” known. As of 2015 a fine dining establishment holds residence at that address bearing a name in honor of that Blacksmith.

Transportation history

St. Charles was a very isolated place early on in its existence. The village was located three days away from Chicago, and the Fox River was not navigable for large boats. By the 1850s, St. Charles had begun construction of a plank road to Sycamore but turned down an offer by the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad to construct a line through the town, which was eventually built in nearby Elgin. Lack of regional connections in the early years kept the town relatively small. St. Charles was without a railroad until 1871 when a branch line from Geneva was constructed, and was without a direct connection to Chicago until the 1880s with the coming of the Chicago Great Western Railway.

Streetcar lines along the Fox River between Elgin and Aurora were built through the city in 1896, operated by the Aurora, Elgin and Fox River Electric company. A direct automobile route to Chicago, which eventually became Route 64 (Main Street), was constructed in 1920. Four Illinois state routes, including Routes 64, 38 (Lincoln Highway), 25 (5th Avenue) and 31 (2nd Street) now run though the city. Two major Kane County roads also cut through the city; Randall Road on the west side and Kirk Road on the east side. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Charles,_Illinois#History)

 

St. Charles Neighborhood

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St. Charles is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 33,387 people and six constituent neighborhoods, St. Charles is the 58th largest community in Illinois.

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

St. Charles is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 87.18% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, St. Charles is a city of sales and office workers, professionals and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in St. Charles who work in sales jobs (14.95%), management occupations (14.89%) and office and administrative support (13.75%).

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

Because of many things, St. Charles 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, St. Charles really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is St. Charles 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.

The education level of St. Charles ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in St. Charles, 48.77% have at least a bachelor’s degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor’s degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in St. Charles in 2010 was $45,270, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $181,080 for a family of four. However, St. Charles contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call St. Charles home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of St. Charles residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in St. Charles include German, Irish, Italian, Polish, English and Swedish.

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