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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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Twin Cities Integrative Medicine

Twin Cities, Minnesota

When you think of the Twin Cities, think of the colors: the golden twinkle of holiday lights in St. Paul’s Rice Park, the bright feathers of tropical birds at our two zoos, the green grass that canvasses over 9,900 acres of metropolitan parks.

Close your eyes and think of the sounds, whether it’s a child’s laughter at Mall of America’s Nickelodeon Universe or the soulful melody of a musical put on by one of the nation’s largest theater districts.

When you think of the Twin Cities, think of the taste and the touch and the smell. Take in a savory meal from one of our acclaimed restaurants, or feel the cool lap of water on your feet from one of the area’s dozens of lakes. Lean in to smell the delicate scent of peonies and herbs from our farmers markets.

Open your eyes, and see yourself here.

The Twin Cities has all that you need, from sports to nightlife to community treasures. Whether you’re looking for big city lights or want to have a quiet evening with family along the Mississippi River, this is the place to be.

We’re the home of Prince, the St. Paul Winter Carnival, the Minnesota State Fair and a Cat Video Festival. We have the nation’s oldest sketch comedy theater with the Brave New Workshop, and we have professional sports teams in football, basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer. (source:

Things To Do In Twin Cities:

Come Spend A Day In Twin Cities!

Must see in Minneapolis
Visitors to downtown Minneapolis should check out the Mississippi riverfront area around the Guthrie Theater and the Mill City Museum, next to the Stone Arch Bridge, which together bring both the past and the present into a highly scenic–and active–area. To fully appreciate the City of Lakes, head to Uptown to visit Lake Calhoun and Lake of the Isles, popular recreation lakes surrounded by beautiful old homes and near Uptown’s shopping, dining, and entertainment area. For arts enthusiasts, the area between downtown and Uptown houses the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, the Walker Art Museum, and the Museum of Russian Art–all worthy stops.

Where to stay in Minneapolis
Downtown Minneapolis has a wide array of hotel options, with something for nearly every price range and interest level, whether it’s a business traveler or people in town for nightlife. There are luxury hotels for those seeking a high-end experience. There are boutique hotels in historic buildings, and sleek new modernistic hotels near the riverfront. Public transit and cabs are widely available to other parts of Minneapolis.

Travelers with children should consider the Residence Inn at the Depot, one of the restored historic buildings that’s near the river and has an indoor waterpark and arcade. In winter, the hotel is adjacent to an indoor skating rink.

Younger travelers and those looking for nightlife should look to hotels near Hennepin and Nicollet Avenues, where they’ll be within easy walking distance to numerous music and nightclub venues, including skyway access in the winter.

The best deals are on the edge of downtown Minneapolis, near the University of Minnesota. They may not be as convenient in terms of walking to sights, but are within easy public transit distance to all that Minneapolis has to offer.

Best and worst times to go to Minneapolis
The best time to visit Minneapolis is May through August, when the summer weather arrives and visitors can flock to the lakes, parks, and Mississippi riverfront. There are numerous festivals and events that take place outdoors during this time of year that only add to the fun. January through March can be the worst time to visit, although those who stay in one of the downtown hotels will easily be able to access restaurants and nightlife along Nicollet and Hennepin Avenues via skyway, hardly ever having to go outdoors.

Where to get lost in Minneapolis
Wander around the Uptown area and hike over to the nearby Lake Calhoun and Lake of the Isles. During the summer you can enjoy watching sailboats and paddle boarders on Lake Calhoun while enjoying seafood from Tin Fish, right on the lakeshore. Or you can stroll a few blocks towards Calhoun Square and get a more refined meal at Barbette or Lake and Irving.

The best deal in Minneapolis
The Minneapolis Institute of the Arts has a huge collection of art that’s rotated on a regular basis, including world-class artists like Matisse and Georgia O’Keeffe. Admission to the main galleries is free; there are traveling exhibitions that are fee-based, but much of the museum is available at no cost. Just a few blocks away is Eat Street, a stretch of Nicollet Avenue that has dozens of restaurants, many of which are ethnic, and many of which offer great prices for their food. (source:

Education in Twin Cities

About Twin Cities educational system

Minneapolis Public Schools enroll 36,370 students in public primary and secondary schools. The district administers about 100 public schools including 45 elementary schools, seven middle schools, seven high schools, eight special education schools, eight alternative schools, 19 contract alternative schools, and five charter schools. With authority granted by the state legislature, the school board makes policy, selects the superintendent, and oversees the district’s budget, curriculum, personnel, and facilities. Students speak 90 different languages at home and most school communications are printed in English, Hmong, Spanish, and Somali. About 44% of students in the Minneapolis Public School system graduate, which ranks the 6th worst out of the nation’s 50 largest cities. Some students attend public schools in other school districts chosen by their families under Minnesota’s open enrollment statute. Besides public schools, the city is home to more than 20 private schools and academies and about 20 additional charter schools.

Colleges and universities

  • Adler Graduate School – Richfield
  • Anoka-Ramsey Community College – Coon Rapids
  • Anoka Technical College – Anoka
  • Augsburg College – Minneapolis
  • Bethel University – Arden Hills
  • Brown College – Mendota Heights and Brooklyn Center
  • Capella University – Minneapolis
  • Century College – White Bear Lake
  • Concordia University – St. Paul
  • Crown College – St. Bonifacius
  • Dakota County Technical College – Rosemount
  • Dunwoody College of Technology – Minneapolis
  • Globe University – Blaine, Brooklyn Center, Elk River, Lakeville, Plymouth, Richfield, Shakopee and Woodbury
  • Hamline University – St. Paul
  • Hennepin Technical College – Eden Prairie and Brooklyn Park
  • Inver Hills Community College – Inver Grove Heights
  • Luther Seminary – St. Paul
  • Macalester College – St. Paul
  • McNally Smith College of Music – St. Paul
  • Metropolitan State University – St. Paul and Minneapolis
  • Minneapolis College of Art and Design – Minneapolis
  • Minneapolis Community and Technical College – Minneapolis
  • Minnesota State University – Edina
  • Normandale Community College – Bloomington
  • North Central University – Minneapolis
  • North Hennepin Community College – Brooklyn Park
  • Northwestern Health Sciences University – Bloomington
  • Rasmussen College – Bloomington, Blaine, Brooklyn Park, Eagan and Lake Elmo
  • St. Catherine University – St. Paul and Minneapolis
  • St. Cloud State University – St. Cloud and Maple Grove
  • St. Mary’s University of Minnesota – Minneapolis
  • Saint Paul College – St. Paul
  • United Theological Seminary – New Brighton
  • University of Minnesota – Minneapolis and St. Paul (Falcon Heights)
  • University of Northwestern – Saint Paul – Roseville
  • University of St. Thomas – St. Paul and Minneapolis
  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls – River Falls and Hudson
  • Walden University – Minneapolis
  • William Mitchell College of Law – St. Paul


History Of Elgin:

Elgin is rich in history!

The first European settlement in the region was near what is now known as the town of Stillwater, Minnesota. The city is approximately 20 miles (30 km) from downtown Saint Paul and lies on the western bank of the St. Croix River, which forms the border of central Minnesota and Wisconsin. Another settlement that began fueling early interest in the area was the outpost at Fort Snelling, which was constructed from 1820 to 1825 at the confluence of the Minnesota River and the Mississippi River.

Fort Snelling held jurisdiction over the land south of Saint Anthony Falls, thus a town known as Saint Anthony grew just north of the river. For several years, the only European resident to live on the south bank of the river was Colonel John H. Stevens, who operated a ferry service across the river. As soon as the land area controlled by Fort Snelling was reduced, new settlers began flocking across to the new village of Minneapolis. The town grew quickly, and Minneapolis and Saint Anthony eventually merged. On the eastern side of the Mississippi, a few villages such as Pig’s Eye and Lambert’s Landing developed and would soon grow to become Saint Paul.

Natural geography played a role in the settlement and development of the two cities. The Mississippi River Valley in this area is defined by a series of stone bluffs that line both sides of the river. Saint Paul grew up around Lambert’s Landing, the last place to unload boats coming upriver at an easily accessible point, some seven miles (11 km) downstream from Saint Anthony Falls, the geographic feature that, due to the value of its immense water power for industry, defined the location of Minneapolis and its prominence as the Mill City. The falls can be seen today from the Mill City Museum, housed in the former Washburn “A” Mill, which was among the world’s largest mills in its time.

The oldest farms in the state are located in Washington County, the eastern most county on the Minnesota side of the metropolitan area. Joseph Haskell was Minnesota’s first farmer, harvesting the first crops in the state in 1840 on what is now part of Afton Township on Trading Post Trail.

The Grand Excursion, a trip into the Upper Midwest sponsored by the Rock Island Railroad, brought more than a thousand curious travelers into the area by rail and steamboat in 1854. The next year, in 1855, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow published The Song of Hiawatha, an epic poem based on the Ojibwe legends of Hiawatha. A number of natural area landmarks were included in the story, such as Lake Minnetonka and Minnehaha Falls. Tourists inspired by the coverage of the Grand Excursion in eastern newspapers and those who read Longfellow’s story flocked to the area in the following decades. (source:

Twin Cities Neighborhood

Check out Twin Cities Neighborhood!

Only one state has a set of twins – twin cities that is. Minnesota is home to the twin cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, 600 annual festivals and 500 golf courses. Plus, only in Minnesota can you visit the Museum of Questionable Medical Devices, located within the Science Museum of Minnesota. The collection features several crazy devices including a prostate gland warmer, nose straightener and a machine to determine your personality.

Minnesota also has plenty of activities for the water sports fanatic. The annual Aquatennial festival in Minneapolis, which began in 1940, celebrates the state’s love affair with lakes and rivers, including the Mississippi. Minnesota is also home to the famous Mall of America, a gargantuan 4.87-million-square-foot complex with an indoor amusement park and more than 520 shops. Located in Bloomington, MN, it boasts a wedding chapel, eight acres of skylights, a 1.2 million gallon walk-through aquarium and 40 million annual visitors. Even with no sales tax on apparel in Minnesota, the Mall generates almost $2 billion in economic impact for the state each year.

If you’re looking for real estate property near Betsy, Tacy or Tib’s homes in fictitious Deep Valley, MN, you may want to focus your search in Mankato, MN, instead, as that is where Maud Hart Lovelace, author of the 10 books in the beloved Betsy-Tacy series, grew up. Nestled in the Emerald Green Valley in south central Minnesota, Mankato is also the “big city” that the characters from Little House on the Prairie visit for supplies.

Looking for an actual big city in today’s context? Minneapolis is only eight miles from its sister city St. Paul, and together the combined metro area has more than 3.4 million residents, making it the 16th largest in the country. In early 2016, the median home value in Minneapolis was $234,397, while in St. Paul, it was $201,282. Statewide, the median home value was $206,552 – roughly $23,000 higher than the U.S. national average of $183,000.

The 12th largest state by land area, Minnesota is bordered by Lake Superior and Wisconsin to the east, North and South Dakota to the west, Canada to the north and Iowa to the south. Nicknamed the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” Minnesota actually has close to 12,000 lakes as well as seven major waterfalls. According to legend, the footprints of Paul Bunyan and his big blue ox Babe created the lakes. Hundreds of statues of Bunyan and Babe can be found throughout Minnesota. (source:

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