AFCFS You are right, there is great variation. Our neurotransmitters and our responses work differently. In my case, I have seen Diazepam and Clonazepam work very well for me when I initially started off with Fred's protocol. The mental agitation,insomnia and what seemed to me like nerve/muscle contractions were really helped by those. But when I started adb12 and carnitine, with ten times more symptoms and intensity of those symptoms because of the startup caused by those supplements, the benzos didn't work. There was no way to feel better. I think I posted the thread at that time only, and if you read the first post you will see what Fred has written about benzos,and I still couldn't understand what he means exactly. So during those months with adb12 and carnitine, I did not take benzos. The only thing that wanted me to take them was my previous experience which was good, but it wasn't working. Plus reading stories about how bad they are, and @Nielk's views on this thread only,I think, those things didn't me want to take it again. I was prescribed ten days back again for insomnia, and for 8 days I found some relief that I could say, fine I'll take them for a longer duration. But after leaving for two days and experiencing the madness, which I am betting that it is benzo withdrawal and/or anti-histamine reaction, I am stranded again. I just want to taper it off for now. I think a week would be enough. I don't want to be the angry pissed off man that is sitting writing this post right now. At least not for some time.