An internet forum such as this one is comprised of people from various parts of the world who have different backgrounds, cultures, religions, morals, etc. As such, there will often be varrying opinions on many issues. Where I come from, people are entitled to their opinions and are allowed to express them as part of their democratic rights. I thought this is how this forum worked but I guess things have changed. It seems to me that a "mob mentality" prevails on menieres.org whereby if you do not agree with the viewpoint of the majority, you are seen as a basher if you express your differing opinion. It reminds me of one of George Bush's speeches shortly after the 9/11 attacks when he declared, "you are either with us or against us". In other words, he was telling (ahem...threatening) leaders of other nations that if they did not join in the US's efforts to attack Iraq and Afgahnistan, they were, essentially, against the USA. Well, I believe that this analogy perfectly describes the way I feel with reagards to the way I am replied to every time I express MY opinion on various matters. Although most of you know my stance on this matter, I will repeat it one more time below: I do not agree with the belief that CONTINUOUS and DAILY use of benzodiazepines and other psychotropic drugs is a treatment for meniere's disease. When I express this belief, I am not doing so in order to "attack", "troll", or "bash" anyone. I do so out of the goodness of my heart because I have seen, first-hand, in certain people near and dear to me, the dangerous effects constant use of these types of drugs can (and do) have. Therefore, when I see an individual on here (especially newbies) reach out for help and ask for advice on the use of these drugs and I read people's responses telling them that they use these drugs chronically, I will step in and voice my concern because I can guarantee to a very high percentage of certainty that people who are taking high doses of these types of drugs with the belief that it is helping keep their meniere's at bay have more issues than their meniere's. In other words, I believe that the drugs they are taking are keeping their anxiety and depression at bay which may have arisen as a result if their meniere's diagnosis or may have existed prior to their meniere's. What I am getting at is that despite the lack of knowledge in the area of vestibular disorders (especially meniere's), one thing all reputable doctors around the word know is that meniere's is an EPISODIC disorder that may cause some chronic symptoms many years down the road such as tinnitus and hearing loss. If someone is suffering from chronic vertigo, lightheadedness, dizziness, or whatever you want to call it, they do not have meniere's disease. This is also medically proven. Therefore, to the person that has legitimate meniere's disease, the use of drugs like klonopin and valium are proven to be very effective when they are used to battle the episodic and violent vertigo attacks one has with meniere's disease. So, just to make it clear, I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH EPISODIC USE OF THESE TYPES OF DRUGS TO FIGHT THE VERTIGO ATTACKS OF MENIERE'S. What I have a problem with is people who attack me when I point out that using these drugs two or three times a day for weeks, months, years at a time can be dangerous and it is unlikely that the person is suffering ONLY from meniere's disease. This is the distinction I am trying to make, and it is a very important one: To someone who has true episodic meniere's disease and no mental health issues, using these types of drugs episodically may be a life saver. However, when someone has mental health issues in conjuction with meniere's it is this type of peson that will most likely be using these drugs on a chronic basis. The relief these drugs provide them with is not from the symptoms of meniere's but rather from the severe anxiety and depression they have, both of which are known to cause CHRONIC dizziness and tinnitus. So my final words are these: I am not a basher or a troll. I care and I try to help. Those who call me these names seem to forget that I fought chronic dizziness, severe headaches along with chronic tinnitus for 4.5 years. I have fought each and every day and am I doing much better now. All this was achieved without the use of benzodiazepines or pshychotropic drugs. This is the message I try to convey to the newbies when I see some people recommend that they keep changing doctors until they find one that will prescribe these drugs to them. Give your bodies a chance to heal and give yourselves time to find patterns or causes of your symptoms. These drugs are not the only choice.