Merrrrry Christmas!

A Very Blessed Christmas to you all!

I still get so excited this time of year! As if I become a kid again. This Season renews me. The cold air invigorates me, the way a room feels extra warm when you come in from outdoors, -even the "usual" coffee tastes better! Well, the weather blessed me twice in 3 days this Fall, once with warmth and once with snow:

I had already "winterized" my motorcycle, but I have 2 rules about riding it: (1) It must be 40+ deg and (2) Not raining! Well, Sat. Dec 7th qualified, so I took my 'bike

out for a final run as the temperature was a balmy 44degrees. Then,

on Sat. Dec. 9, it snowed! I actually went XC Skiing on the Windham rail trail that Sunday! ---------------------------------->>

I only lasted 22 min. on the trail for the first time out but it was so delightful. My body was just craving that exercise! I do hope that we have a White Christmas!

Well, I had tried to cut back on some of my church duties this year, but I've come to learn that the choir is a lot like the Mafia: "Once you're in it, you're in it for life!" I didn't know that when I joined the choir 20+ years ago! So I sang in the special/select choir for "Carols and Lessons" this past Friday. -Had a solo part and I absolutely "nailed it!" I was thrilled. Got a lot of compliments later that evening. Felt great about it. Although it was poorly attended, it was taped and will be on the local Salem NH cable TV channel.

I am also in several other ministries ( 6 so far.) in our parish. I met Fr. Tom in the hallway one day and he asked, "How do you keep going [with all of these ministries]? I quickly told him, "I take naps." He laughed -but it is True! I have been taking the "Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius" with Fr., Tom, ( a Jesuit) this fall. It will last for 30 weeks. It is an amazing program, and friends tell me that I am "always smiling and happy" since starting the program. I'd say that the most demanding one is the DivorceCare ministry; but it is also very rewarding. We see people in tears on the first week, emptying one tissue box after another and then, after a few weeks, they are smiling and laughing.

God seems to want to keep me in this area; I have had invitations to teach in distant states, and had a dream to travel out West, but he has made the past 2 years very easy for me. By that I mean: low stress. One of the counselors in my office building calls me "Mr. Zen" because I am always composed and peaceful. But why worry? God's in charge.

I have continued to downsize my life and even my Christmas decorations reflect this: I found a "Charlie Brown" Tree ------------>>>>

at the gift shop at Windham Junction Kitchen. (Love that place.) The tree is artificial of course, has LED lights at the end of each of the (few) branches, and it takes up very little space and still carries the message. -But two ornaments is the MAX for this tree!

I was going to attempt a "StayCation" this Winter instead of the usual XC Ski vacation in the No.Conway area, and ski in the North Andover Trails, but I have to go where the snow is and just now that is in North NH, not in nearby North Andover.

In November I saw some cooking done on the internet. It was a "time lapse" video zipping along without directions, so it took me about 4 weeks of trial & error and taste-testing to perfect it. I then offered it to the local rectory and now they want me to prepare it when they have a special guest at the end of the month! I'll take it as a compliment!

The office? Well, it continues to struggle. I figure that this is so that I can use this "transition" time in my life wisely, and not run-ragged. I'm grateful. Oh!

Actually, looking back at the past year, that is my theme.... just grateful. It's a good feeling. Like the word "HOPE" which cannot be used without referring to God, so too for me, "Grateful" is an immediate re-connector to God (for me, at least.)

May your Christmas Season be Glorious!


Dr. Joe

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Testimonials from Dr. Joe Kish

Testimonials on Chiropractic as experienced by Dr. Joe Kish


My life has been saved with prompt Chiropractic care, on at least three occasions.



STOMACH function



    I once had a T-5 SUBLUXATION and I didn’t know it. The 5th Thoracic spinal nerve goes through a nerve plexus and controls the proper function of your stomach.  It happened when I was a Police Officer in the Village of Fishkill, NY.  I was rear-ended while stopped at a traffic light. There was no damage to my vehicle, the “tap” was that slight, but I felt a pain in my mid-back between the shoulder blades. That night I took my parents out to dinner. It was their Anniversary.  I remember that I ate the broiled sea scallops. They were great! After dinner, while I was walking to the car, I threw up in the parking lot of the restaurant. I thought I had a “stomach bug”. 

     Fortunately, at this time I was going to a chiropractor regularly and my next appointment was in two days. The next morning I had sausage and eggs and had to run to the bathroom to throw up again. That afternoon I had a hotdog for lunch (this is before I cleaned up my diet!) and could barely keep it down. I was actually getting weak from lack of protein.

    The next morning I saw my chiropractor. I told him about the accident, what I had eaten, and the vomiting. "Hmmm” he said, “It sounds like achlor-hydria (lack of sufficient stomach acid) due to a subluxation.”

He knew just where to check, the fifth thoracic vertebra, and sure enough, it was subluxated. Spinal nerve interference is called “subluxation”. He gently adjusted this bone and said “There, I’ve gotten it, go home and enjoy some protein.” That night I had a steak (protein) for dinner and I had no digestion problems.

I have not had a stomach problem since.


HEART function


      My life has been saved with prompt Chiropractic care, on at least three occasions.   The 1st Thoracic nerve goes through your Cardiac Nerve Plexus and controls the proper functioning of your heart.  

     I once had a T-1 SUBLUXATION and didn’t know it until I happened to get my blood pressure checked and my heart sounds listened-to. It turns out I incurred a T-1 Subluxation (“nerve interference” is called subluxation) from a tennis game 2 days earlier when I missed the ball  and "over swung".  Prior to this injury/subluxation I had normal blood pressure and normal heart sounds. Now I had a heart arrhythmia and high blood pressure. These findings were verified by 4 different doctors.

     With a stethescope I also listened to my heart sounds and heard the asymmetric heart beat. I quickly went to my brother (who was a Chiropractic Student-Doctor at the time) and he adjusted the 1st Thoracic bone. He immediately took my blood pressure: Now normal! He listened to my heart sounds: Now normal! I listened-to my heart sounds too, and sure enough, the normal heart beat (and blood pressure),  had returned.

I have not had a heart problem since.

LIVER function



     My life has been saved with prompt Chiropractic care, on at least three occasions.   I assure you, if the T-11 nerve is impinged (“nerve interference” called subluxation) it will affect your livers’ proper function.  It certainly affected mine. Many people believe that if they have no pain that they are healthy; sadly this is not true.

      I once had a SUBLUXATION of the T-11 nerve. It happened when I slipped on a staircase and fell onto the very edge of the step. I landed on my back, right at the location of the T-11 spinal bone. Wow, that did hurt – but the pain went away.

A few days later I went for a scheduled blood and urine test which was required in order to get a new life insurance policy. Two days later I received the results and was denied life insurance   (unless I wanted to go into some sort of “assigned risk” pool – at a much higher premium!) -because I had an "elevated Bilirubin level".

 Bilirubin shows up in the urine. It is an indicator of  LIVER FUNCTION.

      By now, I was a licensed Chiropractor, and I immediately understood the nerve-connection involved, and connected that to the fall on the steps. I insisted that my chiropractor check my 11th Thoracic bone. Sure enough, it was subluxated.

I  had it corrected (“adjusted”), and immediately called the insurance agent to demand another blood/urine test. A week later another test was made and two days after that a very confused insurance man called me back to report that the results were: a normal bilirubin level!  ("The first lab test must have been in error", he said!)

     I got the insurance policy from the same agent and the same company that originally denied me. I get a test done every couple of years and I haven’t had a bilirubin or liver problem since.




BLOOD pressure?

Well, NOTHING…and maybe... EVERYTHING

     Recently a patient complained of her gradually increasing blood pressure, first in the moderately high range, and then up into the definitely high range: 160/100!  We did pre-and post-adjustment blood pressure testing, and after a week of intensive Chiropractic care, her blood pressure was 120/80… textbook normal.


 He didn’t. He simply adjusted her spine.

Chiropractors do not treat or cure disease, we only locate and adjust spinal subluxations.  Once subluxations are corrected, the body operates with optimum nerve function, and the internal organs can then function at optimum. It took a week for  her body to return to normal function.