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.

Wausau Integrative Medicine

Wausau, Wisconsin

Wausau is a city in and the county seat of Marathon County, Wisconsin, United States. The Wisconsin River divides the city into east and west. The city is adjacent to the Town of Wausau.

As of the 2010 census, Wausau had a population of 39,106. It is the core city of the Wausau Metropolitan Statistical Area(MSA), which includes all of Marathon County and had a population of 134,063 at the 2010 census. The current mayor of Wausau is Robert Mielke.

Massive pine forests and the powerful Wisconsin River first drew lumbermen to Wausau, Wisconsin, in the mid-1800s. As the supply of pine trees dwindled, sawmills were exchanged for manufacturing businesses that were attracted by the arrival of the railroad. The Wausau Insurance Companies brought an influx of white collar jobs to the city in the early 1900s.

Today, the city remains small, with a population of fewer than 50,000. Situated 200 miles east of Minneapolis, the community draws city slickers looking for outdoorsy things to do in Wausau, such as skiing, kayaking, angling, golfing, hunting and participating in curling.

(source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wausau,_Wisconsin ; https://www.mapquest.com/us/wi/wausau-282030816)

Things To Do In Wausau:

Come Spend A Day In Wausau!

Located only eight miles southwest of Wausau, Granite Peak Ski Area at Rib Mountain State Park is home to 74 ski runs and a variety of terrain suitable for beginners and pros alike. The 1,200-acre park offers several other things to do near Wausau, including ice skating, snowboarding and snowshoeing.

For visitors interested in curling, which is a bit like shuffleboard on ice, the Wausau Curling Club hosts weekend events from November to March at their custom-designed curling facility, which is located about two miles south of downtown Wausau. If you visit in the middle of winter, do not be surprised to see ice fishing shanties pop up on frozen Lake Wausau. Inside, hardy anglers catch muskie, walleye and northern pike through holes drilled in the ice.

As the weather begins to warm in spring, the Wisconsin River becomes one of the busiest Wausau attractions, drawing whitewater kayakers and canoeists. The Wausau Whitewater Park, just south of downtown, hosts world-class whitewater competitions and offers classes for serious kayakers.

Even at indoor venues, such as the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum on Wausau’s east side, the beauty of nature remains a dominant theme. Since 1976, the museum has held an annual Birds in Art exhibition that features some of the best artistic representations of birds from around the world. The permanent collections also include paintings and sculptures depicting a menagerie of other animals, from wolves to hippos.

In the realm of performing arts attractions in Wausau, The Grand Theater in downtown presents plays, concerts, ballet performances and comedy shows in a stately Greek Revival-style building. Within a few blocks of the theater, there are a number of restaurants ranging from the slightly upscale Back When Café to the relaxed Fillmor Pub and Eatery, which also has live music.

For a taste of Wausau’s German heritage, visit Bull Falls Brewery, a few blocks south of The Grand, to sample a selection of more than a dozen hand-crafted beers made with authentic German ingredients. The nearby RedEye Brewing Company offers a smaller but more adventurous menu of craft beers, such as Peach Wheat and Scarlet 7, a malty Belgian-style brew. Plus, the RedEye offers a full menu of burgers, wraps and wood-fired pizza. Finish off the local brewery tour at Great Dane Pub and Brewing Co., which produces artisan lagers and ales and serves upscale pub grub. (source: https://www.mapquest.com/us/wi/wausau-282030816)

Education in Wausau

About Wausau educational system

Public schools

Wausau is served by the Wausau School District, which has 14 elementary schools, two middle schools (John Muir and Horace Mann), and two high schools (Wausau East and Wausau West).

D.C. Everest Area School District also serves a large part of the Wausau area. This school district has 6 elementary schools, one middle school, one junior high, and one senior high.

Charter schools

Wausau Area Montessori Charter School serves grades 1–6 and is housed at Horace Mann Middle School. Two kindergarten classes are available at the Montessori Children’s Village and Rib Mountain Montessori.

The Excel, Enrich, Achieve (EEA) Learning Academy is a public charter school in the Wausau School District, housed in Wausau East High School, and is for students who do not find the traditional school setting to be a fit for their academic needs. EEA services grades 6–12.

Wausau Engineering and Global Leadership (EGL) Academy is a public charter school housed in Wausau East High School. This separate grade 9–12 high school emphasizes science, technology, engineering and math.

Private schools

The city’s Roman Catholic parochial schools are known as the Newman Catholic Schools. They include St. Anne, St. Michael and St. Mark, Newman Middle School, and Newman Catholic High School. Newman High’s sport teams are the Fighting Cardinals. Trinity Lutheran is a Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod grade school. There are two Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod grade schools in Wausau: Our Savior’s and St. Peter. Faith Christian Academy is a K4-12 grade Christian school.

Colleges and universities

Wausau is home to the University of Wisconsin–Marathon County, a two-year university and Northcentral Technical College, a two-year technical college. The University of Wisconsin-Marathon County houses the Wisconsin Public Radio Station.

(source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wausau,_Wisconsin#Education)

History Of Wausau:

Wausau is rich in history!

This area was occupied for thousands of years by succeeding cultures of indigenous peoples. The historic Ojibwe (also known in the United States as the Chippewa) occupied it in the period of European encounter. They had a lucrative fur trade for decades with French colonists and French Canadians. After the French and Indian War this trade was dominated by British-Americantrappers from the eastern seaboard.

The Wisconsin River first drew European-American settlers to the area during the mid-19th century as they migrated west into the Great Lakes region following construction of the Erie Canal in New York State. This provided a route for products from the region to the large New York and other eastern markets. The area had been called “Big Bull Flats” or “Big Bull Falls” by French explorers, who were the first Europeans here. They named it for the long rapids in the river, which created many bubbles, called bulle in French. By an 1836 treaty with the United States, the Ojibwe ceded much of their lands in the area to federal ownership. It was sold to non-Native peoples. Wausau means “a faraway place” or “a place which can be seen from far away” in the Ojibwe language.

George Stevens, the namesake for the city of Stevens Point located south of Wausau, began harvesting the pine forests for lumber in 1840 and built a saw mill. Lumbering was the first major industry in this area, and other sawmills along the Wisconsin River were quickly constructed by entrepreneurs. By 1846, Walter McIndoe arrived and took the lead in the local business and community. His efforts helped to establish Marathon County in 1850. Word of Stevens’ success in the region spread across the country throughout the logging industry. Loggers came from Cortland County, New York, Carroll County, New Hampshire, Orange County, Vermont and Down EastMaine in what is now Washington County, Maine and Hancock County, Maine. These were “Yankee” migrants, that is to say they were descended from the English Puritans who had settled New England during the 1600s. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wausau,_Wisconsin#History)

Wausau Neighborhood

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Wausau is a medium-sized city located in the state of Wisconsin. With a population of 39,302 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Wausau is the 17th largest community in Wisconsin.

Unlike some cities, Wausau isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Wausau are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Wausau is a city of sales and office workers, professionals and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Wausau who work in office and administrative support (15.71%), sales jobs (10.41%) and management occupations (8.81%).

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 16.92 minutes getting to work every day.

The overall education level of Wausau is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 25.07% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor’s degree.

The per capita income in Wausau in 2010 was $24,459, which is middle income relative to Wisconsin and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $97,836 for a family of four. However, Wausau contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Wausau is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Wausau home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Wausau residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Wausau include German, Polish, Irish, English, Norwegian and French.

The most common language spoken in Wausau is English. Other important languages spoken here include Miao/Hmong and Spanish. (source: https://www.neighborhoodscout.com/wi/wausau/)

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