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Meet Joyce Gerber of Health Is An Inside Job in Torrance

Today we’d like to introduce you to Joyce Gerber.

Joyce, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
When I was 20 years old, I made the “big move”, leaving my parents’ home in New York, to live on my own in Miami Beach. I used to hitch hike to get around (hippie times), and a guy named “Johnnie” (to this day, I do not know his last name) picked me up, and brought me to my first health food store/restaurant. He was absolutely passionate about health and nutrition, and I caught the fever!

I absolutely loved the foods I tasted there, and also devoured every book I could get my hands on! Up until then, I was a little carnivore (my mother gave us canned vegetables, which are horrible tasting)! I absolutely fell in love with the plant-based foods, and then, reading that what we ate could create health or disease, made total sense to me.

When I returned to New York city a couple of years later, it became clear to me that I wanted to work in holistic health. A friend of mine mentioned that she was enrolling in massage school, and that sounded like a perfect first step for me. I knew that I totally disagreed with allopathic medicine (traditional healthcare), and I liked that this would offer me a year long study course of study of anatomy and physiology, so people would trust that I really had a substantial body of knowledge, and that I legally had the right to touch them.

I went to work at a fasting resort in upstate New York after I got my massage license, and while I was there, the owner suggested that I learn colon hydrotherapy, because she used to send the fasting clients into town to get colonics during their fasts. I told her that I already got them for myself, and believed in them. When I first started juice fasting, I read about the importance of getting colonics, so that the toxins in my body that were rapidly being released during the fast, would not be re-absorbed back into my blood stream. When I got back to the city, before I even had a chance to do research about where to go to learn colon hydrotherapy, a woman who saw my ad in a holistic newspaper promoting my massage services, called to see if she could refer her clients to me. What did she do? Colon hydrotherapy! I found out the name of her school, and soon found myself heading to a suburb of Chicago, to attend a colon hydrotherapy certification!

The next step in my healing journey was to sit at the feet of those teachers whom I thought were the great masters of the day: Dr. Bernard Jensen, Ann Wigmore, Annemarie Colbin, and Susun Weed. I learned a great deal, and got certified at the end of my course of studies with them. With the immense knowledge I gained with them, I incorporated nutrition and detoxification, herbs and iridology into my practice.

Today, my focus is helping people to create optimal health, and to reverse conditions of dis-ease and deterioration. I specialize in “the gut”, which is considered “the second brain”. It is often said that disease begins in the colon. The methods I teach and work with offer alternatives to drugs and surgery. I help people create and maintain a daily, healthy lifestyle. Health can be simple, fun, and delicious!

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I had to earn the money for each modality I studied, and study while I worked, so it was a stretch. Also, learning a skill, no matter how important it is, or how good you are, is very different from earning a living from it. Learning how to “market” myself, and offer what I did, in a way that resonated people, that showed people the value of my work and it’s benefits, was a whole other subject, and required a different skill set.

Please tell us about Health Is An Inside Job.
My expertise is in the health of “the gut”, known as “the second brain”. If the gut is compromised, then the whole body is compromised. All disease begins in the colon. A healthy microbiome creates a happy person! I’m certified as a nutritional consultant, and as a colon hydrotherapist. I use colon hydrotherapy, and cutting-edge nutritional protocols, to remove GMOs, chemicals, and heavy metals from the body and intestinal tract (the gut), to heal and repair the intestinal lining, to restore the villi in the small intestine (which are so important in absorbing nutrients), to remove old wastes and toxins, and to rebalance the microflora. The two most powerful areas of the body to correct, in order to restore health and reverse disease, are to eliminate both toxicity, and nutritional deficiency. When that occurs, weight is lost, energy is gained, and pain and disease disappear!

The newest additions to my practice is a healthy, non-invasive alternative to liposuction, botox, and plastic surgery. I help people avoid the chemicals and fillers that might temporarily make one “look good”, but that have toxic side effects. My specialty is offering people alternatives to drugs and surgery, and making health simple, fun, and delicious. There is an over-load of information today. What is essential is knowing how to implement that information. This is not about going on a “diet”. I help a person create and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Nature is our greatest healer, and when we work with her, miracles happen!

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
(Who Also Deserves Credit?)

Again, as I mentioned before, the great healers in my life, whom I studied with, had a huge impact on me: Dr. Bernard Jensen, Ann Wigmore, Annemarie Colbin, Susun Weed, and most recently, David Sandoval.

Satisfied clients, with great results, who leave fabulous reviews on Yelp, certainly have a positive effect on my business. I’m so glad that the results they experience with me inspire them to post such positive reviews!

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