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The Spare Room

A Novel

By Helen Garner

The Spare Room
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  • Hardcover: Feb 2009,
    192 pages.
    Paperback: Feb 2010,
    192 pages.

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Cancer is the term used to describe any malignant growth or tumor caused by abnormal and uncontrolled cell division.  A cancer is described as Stage 4 when it has spread from the original site to other parts of the body. When we first meet Nicola, she has already undergone surgery and chemotherapy. Below are some of the alternative treatments she tries during the course of the book:

Colon Therapy
The American Cancer Society has a poor view of colon therapy which involves the cleansing of the large intestine with up to 20 gallons of liquid that might include water, herbal solutions, enzymes or other substances such as coffee.  Proponents of colon therapy say that detoxifying the body through the removal of accumulated waste from the colon increases the efficiency of the body's natural healing abilities.

Coffee Enemas
Dr. Max Gerson introduced coffee enemas in the 1920's as part of a plan that emphasized a diet based on more natural foods and ...

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