Your friend who is under Doc orders and is scared to Death about what the Doc may say??
She is going to have to make a choice and learn to get a Back bone of her own!
But, first she may start learning to "STOP" eating those foods which are making her too Acidic in the first place!
And she may try the Alkalizing drinks, but take them by sipping on them in smaller sips at a time, but more continoues , so that she may have a steady supply of help all thru-out the day!
Do not take and drink a full glassful at one gulp, but drink it over several hours!
And then mix up another one to start on!
"IF" she starts with a small pinch of Epsom Salt with each meal, she may be surprised to find her Blood pressure to start to get better and then she may decide she does not need any blood Pressure Medicine?
As she starts to get better, then she may be able to think more Clear and may get more of the Back Bone so, that she is able to make some Better choices?
Your other friend with thyroid problems, may only have a chance to get better and improve her lot in Life "IF" she does the same as the above!