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.

Waukesha Integrative Medicine

Waukesha, Illinois

The city of Elgin offers everything one could ask for. Our roots as a bustling city began with Elgin’s founding in April 1836 and have continued to thread into the lives of today’s residents, businesses and visitors.

Located 35 miles northwest of Chicago and home to over 108,000 people, we are proud of our diversity and culture. You will find exactly what you need to build a fulfilling and balanced life for yourself, your family or your business. With our close proximity to Chicago and our own amenities, Elgin provides a unique choice for residents interested in city or suburban living.

As we continue to revitalize our downtown, more people are finding Elgin offers a way of life few other suburbs provide. With a housing stock that is as diverse as the city itself, residents are sure to find a place to call home. From our four historic districts with majestic Victorian mansions to our many neighborhoods with comfortable single-family homes or townhomes, Elgin offers something for everyone.

Elgin is one of the fastest-growing communities in Kane County. Through our growth, we have maintained our independence and identity, achieving status as an award-winning All American City. Elgin’s offers exceptional opportunities that include cultural arts, entertainment and recreation that are unmatched by surrounding suburbs.

“The City in the Suburbs” embodies the celebration of our past, enjoyment of the present, and the promise of tomorrow. We champion the vitality and accessibility that makes Elgin a great community to be a part of. It truly is the city in the suburbs. (source: http://www.cityofelgin.org/index.aspx?NID=31)

Things To Do In Waukesha:

Come Spend A Day In Waukesha!

Parks & Forestry
WPRF manages many green spaces from active parks to boulevards to wetland and preservation areas. The department also manages over 23,000 street trees. There are many trails and fun things to explore in our park system. A good way is to take a walk on the Riverwalk or in Frame Park. Enjoy our beautiful parks!

Public Art
The Waukesha Public Art Committee is dedicated to enriching the cultural life of our community through its advocacy, encouragement and promotion of the visual arts within the City of Waukesha.

Music in the Park
Each summer concert includes selections from a famous Broadway musical, a guest soloist, marches and contemporary band arrangements, along with the stirring closing composition, The Stars and Stripes Forever! Come out and join this treasured Waukesha tradition, it’s great for all ages.

Movies in the Park
Bring your blanket and chairs and enjoy family-friendly flicks under the stars at the Les Paul Performance Center in Cutler Park. We’ll have fun with the likes of Sponge Bob, the Minions, and classics like Grease and the Wizard of Oz. Bring your family and friends for these free showings! (source: http://waukesha-wi.gov/692/Events)

Wisconsin Fear Grounds
There is a reason the Wisconsin Fear Grounds was rated the #1 Haunted House in America by Haunted Attraction Magazine, Haunted House Ratings.com, and CNBC.Brand new for 2016 is the madness we call “TWISTED.” This haunted house is just wrong and the one place where you will lose yourself and all touch with reality.

Stroke of Genius
Adult art classes for date night, private parties, events, team building, corporate training, business promotions, associations, charitable causes, bridal and baby showers, birthday parties & more! With a minimum of 10 people you’ll have an interactive art experience like no other! (source: https://www.facebook.com/places/Things-to-do-in-Waukesha-Wisconsin/112125552137133/)

Education in Waukesha

About Waukesha educational system

Waukesha is home to Carroll University, formerly known as Carroll College, a private Presbyterian university. Opened in 1846, it is the oldest college in the state. As a liberal arts school, Carroll offers more than 60 areas of study, primarily at the undergraduate level. Carroll University’s enrollment is roughly 3,400 undergraduate and graduate students.

Located on the city’s northwest side, the University of Wisconsin–Waukesha, part of the UW system, offers two-year associate degrees. Students have the option of transferring to four-year institutions to complete their undergraduate education.

Waukesha County Technical College has a campus located in the downtown area.

One of the two New Tribes Bible Institute campuses within the United States is located on a large hill in central Waukesha. Operated by New Tribes Mission, the school doubles as the first part of a four-year missionary training program, which includes field training in the U.S.

The School District of Waukesha serves the city and portions of surrounding municipalities. It operates four high schools in the city: Waukesha South High School, Waukesha West High School, Waukesha North High School, and Harvey Phillip High School, an alternative school. It also operates two charter schools; Waukesha Engineering Preparatory Academy, or WEPA, and the Waukesha Academy of Health Professions, or WAHP. It also runs three middle schools, 14 elementary schools (including 2 STEM Academies, Randall Campus for K-5 and Saratoga Campus for 6-8. These are public schools that feature a curriculum more focused on Science Technology Engineering and Math.

The city is home to Waukesha County’s only Roman Catholic high school, Catholic Memorial High School. Waukesha Christian Academy is a small K-12 school located on the city’s west side. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waukesha,_Wisconsin#Education)

History Of Waukesha:

Waukesha is rich in history!

Before Waukesha was developed, it was prairie and forestland in a region inhabited by several Native American tribes. During the years immediately preceding the European settlement, the Potawatomi Tribe populated the area that would become the City of Waukesha. During the early 1800s, the area remained an Indian settlement although commerce with Europeans increased as trade routes became more established.

The Springs Era redefined Waukesha and represents a time of prosperity and growth. Referred to as the “Saratoga of the West,” Waukesha’s mineral springs attracted thousands of visitors annually from across the country. Founded on the claim that the waters had healing powers, the Springs Era ushered in the development of health spas, hotels, and resorts, as well as bottling plants. The reputation of Waukesha’s “healing water” even led to an incident where a Chicago entrepreneur tried to lay a pipeline to Waukesha in order to divert water to the Chicago’s World’s Fair in 1893. Eventually the healing properties of Waukesha’s mineral water were discredited and the Spring Era collapsed, further aided by the impact of changes in leisure activities and vacation patterns. In present day Waukesha, many of these springs still exist and several local landmarks are named after the original springs. Examples include Bethesda Springs Park, the White Rock neighborhood, and Dopp Park.

Following the collapse of the Spring Era, Waukesha moved into a focused industrial period. Although mills had been part of the original development of the community, much of that history had been erased by the tourism focus of the early 1900s. Moving forward, Waukesha’s industrial base was built upon the foundry and engine assembly activities. The industrial base was further diversified by a variety of firms focused on lumber, church furniture, and food products, to name a few. Some manufacturing and industrial activities still thrive and new ones may occur as the region’s economic base shifts.

Overall, Waukesha became a well-known 19th century city due to its location, charm, and environmental quality. Today, that history is reflected in the architecture of the downtown, the Fox River and its associated amenities, and the last decade of continued revitalization. Numerous accounts of Waukesha’s history describe the charms of the community, the value of its neighborhoods, and the robust success of its businesses and institutions. (source: http://waukesha-wi.gov/documentcenter/view/1356)

Waukesha Neighborhood

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Waukesha is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Wisconsin. With a population of 71,489 people and 19 constituent neighborhoods, Waukesha is the seventh largest community in Wisconsin.

Waukesha is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Waukesha is a city of sales and office workers, professionals and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Waukesha who work in office and administrative support (13.35%), sales jobs (10.61%) and management occupations (9.46%).

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

One thing that you will notice about Waukesha is that there is a good-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. Many singles consider Waukesha a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.

The population of Waukesha is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 34.44% of adults in Waukesha have a bachelor’s degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Waukesha in 2010 was $28,866, which is upper middle income relative to Wisconsin and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $115,464 for a family of four. However, Waukesha contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Waukesha is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Waukesha home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Waukesha residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Waukesha also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 12.36% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Waukesha include German, Irish, Polish, English, Italian and Norwegian. (source: https://www.neighborhoodscout.com/wi/waukesha/)

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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.