The answer is not, as many might suppose, that it is without merit or scientific foundation. Thousands if not millions of individual experiences testify to its value and new discoveries about the science of vision tend to question current orthodoxies while supporting natural vision insights.
No: the real reason is that natural vision presents an essential challenge, not only to existing health care models and the values they are based on, but even to many fundamental aspects of the way modern human society works.
In setting the scene for this landmark conference I want to take a broad overview of the way that natural vision works, and how it interfaces through many circles with the world at large: within the sphere of 'CAM'; within the wider world of health and social care amid the nexus of pressures for 'evidence based medicine', ' child protection', 'consumer protection' and the rest; and how the healthcare world fits within a political orbit which is currently dominated by the mutation of liberal democracy into its dark shadow.
In between the 'war on terror' and the 'credit crunch', the crucial questions that face us are:
- "What is the way forward for free enquiry and independent practitioners in any field?", and;
- "What role may natural vision work play in helping to maintain and restore balance and sanity in an increasingly disturbed world".