July Adventures

I just got back to work after a week of vacation. Well, it wasn’t so great a vacation as the early July Heat Wave followed me up into the Adirondacks, where I was going to kayak the 7-lake Essex/Fulton Chain of lakes. But the temperatures were so high that I would have had a heat stroke, so I hiked up a mountain to a fire tower, took the pictures below, and then went to Old Forge for Breakfast.

Breakfast was your “typical Adirondack breakfast” that I remember so well from Raquette Lake so many years ago: It was probably terrible, but in the mountain air, and after a long hike, it tasted wonderful!!!

The first night, I just found a place to park as the sun was setting. (See pic. right.) I had had a late start leaving Salem, NH on Sunday afternoon as I wanted to make sure that I had everything I would need. I did. My planning was flawless.. (Oh, that long black object in the bottom of the picture is a boat dock; too dark to recognize.)

I managed to get to sleep with just a single mosquito for company. (Not good company!) I finally lit a citronella candle inside the truck- which nearly did-us-both-in, and just before I started choking, I heard no more buzzing. AHA! I Got him! Then…sleep.

I awoke at 5:30 a.m. because I misread my watch. I thought it was 6:30 a.m.! So, I got my shower ready and it worked perfectly. It was a little cooler than an evening shower would have been because the water bag cooled down inside the truck overnight, but it was still pleasant enough.

It quickly warmed from the balmy 79oF of night into the 89o, 90o… 94oF of day. It was simply too hot to kayak, so I took a hike through the cool, shady forest to the fire tower on Bald Mountain where I took the picture of “First Lake” below. All of my planning worked out well. The one thing I could not plan for was a truck break down. Yep. The alternator died on me. I found a good mechanic and he thought that I might be able to limp home with it, as the alternator was sometimes charging with 14volts, but then sometimes only 9 or 11 volts. Well, I drove it as far as Utica, NY and it died.

AAA arrived and towed me to a great garage, but I was soaking wet from waiting in a hot truck for 30 min (No a/c without electricity!). So I spent the night in a Hampton Inn (which had a great Breakfast), and I was on my way again at 12noon the next day. I figured that God wanted me to get back to Salem, and since the temps were still 94oF I wrote-off kayaking until a cooler time.

That cooler time came on Sunday July 8th. I went out on Millville Lake (Salem, NH), and had coffee and a breakfast sandwich on the lake. It was peaceful and very calm. And only 65oF! Ahhh!

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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.