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1. a variant spelling of holism
2. (Complementary Medicine) a variant spelling of holism
3. (Philosophy) a variant spelling of holism
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(ˈhoʊ lɪz əm)

1. the theory that whole entities have an existence other than as the mere sum of their parts.
2. an approach to healing or health care, often involving therapies outside the mainstream of medicine, in which isolated symptoms or conditions are considered secondary to one's total physical and psychological state.
[< Greek hól(os) whole + -ism]
ho′list, n.
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SQ788 is a compassionate proposal that supports the nursing philosophy of wholism. Consider that, 788 allows for the patient to grow medical cannabis, make a topical salve or smoothie/salad and if beneficial then the patient is empowered, experiencing their autonomy and possibly their spirituality.
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Integral ecology is wholism, when inner values find outer expression and mutual benefit everywhere.
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Obviously, he is not saying that both predicaments are the same or that the histories are strictly analogous, nor is he returning to the cultural wholism of Martin Buber's A Land of Two Peoples.
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As evidenced by the distinction he makes between holism and wholism (which most dictionaries treat as synonyms), semantics play an important role in Smith's pedagogy.