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Missouri woman seeks bill to support alternative medicine

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Melissa Toye is pushing to change the law through the Missouri Health Freedom campaign.  She is determined to bring a safe harbor bill so more people can learn the safe way to treat themselves. Melissa Toye is pushing to change the law through the Missouri Health Freedom campaign. She is determined to bring a safe harbor bill so more people can learn the safe way to treat themselves.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Nearly 40 percent of Americans are turning to natural remedies to treat ailments, according to the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

However, one Missouri woman wants others to know the dangers behind supplements and natural remedies.

Melissa Toye is pushing to change the law through the Missouri Health Freedom campaign. She is determined to bring a safe harbor bill so more people can learn the safe way to treat themselves.

Toye's homemade foaming soap has just four natural ingredients.

"And you're not getting any of the chemicals in traditional soap," she said.

The former nurse has been dabbling with essential oils and other natural remedies since her teen years.

She got serious about it, being careful what she puts on and in her body after developing an allergy to sunscreen and any products with SPF. Blisters would leave her skin raw.

"You can assume 10 percent of what you put on your skin is absorbed in your body," Toye said.

She wants to use her degree in alternative medicine to help others, but Missouri law forbids it if they are not a licensed physician.

"If I were to see that there was something that we could do alternatively to complement with whatever that physician prescribes, that could be pushing the boundaries of practicing medicine," Toye said.

She is determined to bring a safe harbor bill to Missouri to allow unlicensed practitioners see clients and offer care without fear of breaking the law. Toye said it would protect the practitioner and the consumer.

"It has been so widely unlicensed, unregulated and unsupervised that there is a lot of bad information out there and a lot of possibly unsafe information," she said.

Nine other states that have a safe harbor act to support alternative medicine. 

Toye wants this to be open for public discussion and is holding a meeting at 6:45 p.m. Monday at the Community America Credit Union Tiffany Springs location, located at 9060 Northwest Skyview Ave.

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