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Wholistic and holistic

  • Wholistic is the philosophy that all parts of a thing are interconnected. In medicine, wholistic treatment is the treatment of a person as a whole, mind, body and social factors. Related words are wholism, wholistically. Wholistic appears in 1941 as a cross between holistic and whole.

    Holistic is the philosophy that all parts of a thing are interconnected. In medicine, holistic treatment is the treatment of a person as a whole, mind, body and social factors. Related words are holism and holistically. The word holistic is first seen in 1926, holistic medicine appears in 1960. Wholistic and holistic are words that are interchangeable, though holistic is used more often when referring to holistic medicine and wholistic when referring to a philosophy of life.

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     Examples

    He credited Oaklawn, which hosted the South Bend luncheon for Mental Health Awareness Week, for providing a wholistic model for local mental health care. (The South Bend Tribune)

    Wellspring seeks to present interactive educational experiences whose goal is promoting a wholistic way of life that includes body-mind-spirit integration and well-being. (The Chicago Tribune)

    “Through the show, you can make better choices and it starts from everything that we eat, to where our food comes from, who grows it you know, the farmers and their livelihood… how that affects the environment so it is a wholistic show.” (The Phillipine Star)

    “Whatever the chronic condition, I would work with the patient to find a more holistic approach.” (The Daily Journal)

    “Holistic health care providers at best imitate nature’s ways and cooperate with her to dispense healing to the sick,” he said. (The Nation)

    Mental Health Services’ board to advise on holistic approach to improve treatment and care (The Malta INdependent)

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