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Don’t let what happened to Prince happen to you

There are reports that Prince almost dropped dead of a drug overdose just days before his death. His plane reportedly had to make an emergency landing so he could get a “save shot” to counter the drug.

But this wasn’t a rock star chasing some illegal high. This guy may have changed his name to a weird symbol with an arrow — but believe it or not, he lived the straight-and-narrow!

Prince didn’t even TOUCH alcohol or illegal drugs. He was an active member of his church, and he shunned New York and Hollywood to live in suburban Minnesota.

Now, I’ll be honest with you: I was more broken up by the loss of country legend Merle Haggard than Prince.

Hag was 79 and in poor health, with years of hard living behind him — a man who lived every word of some of his songs.

There are times we can all relate to those sad country tunes.

But when it comes to our health, many of us might have a lot more in common with Prince!

Forget the funky music and the outrageous costumes. When it comes down to it, at 57 years old, Prince was approaching his senior years the way most of us do: not running at full speed… but limping along.

Years performing wild dance moves had caused his ankles to fall apart and his hips to crumble right in their sockets, putting him in prolonged pain.

His reported overdose wasn’t on party drugs…but Percocet. He took it to manage the pain — and found out the hard way that instead of putting you in control of your pain, the drugs can quickly take control of you.

But while Prince’s fans celebrate him as a unique artist and personality in the wake of his passing, there’s nothing unusual about his reported struggle with painkillers.

Right now, some two million Americans — including many seniors — are battling opioid addiction.

None of these people intended to become pill-popping junkies. Many are seniors who — much like Prince — had a tough time with the wear and tear of life on the hips, knees, ankles, or back.

And too many of them pay the ultimate price: Some 14,000 Americans die each year overdosing on LEGAL prescription painkillers.

But it doesn’t have to be that way!

Fact is, opioids might work wonders in certain emergency situations…like if your leg’s been blown off on a battlefield… but they’re a crummy way to deal with chronic pain.

In most cases, they’re no better than common over-the-counter painkillers.

But odds are, you don’t even need that stuff, either — because there are powerful drug-free therapies that can help you take on pain and win, including natural anti-inflammatories such as fish oil.

You won’t get these answers from a pill-pushing doc who doesn’t have time to figure out what’s REALLY wrong with you, but you will find them at the clinic of your friendly neighborhood naturopathic medical doctor.

I recommend an experienced member of the American College for Advancement in Medicine.

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