I wouldn't exactly use the words you use though I do understand your feelings and thoughts not to mention how the media is trying to scare everyone which is nothing new. When I watch the news and see the "hype" I just smile to myself and wonder how many people are buying into the scare.
As I posted before, I subscribe to Dr. Jernigan's e-mails and in one of those e-mails he also mentions Mercola as well as explaining what we can do to prevent getting sick and keeping our immune systems strong such as taking detox baths, supplements such as echinacea though he recommends taking this:
"If you are going to use herbs like Echinacea to boost your immune system, remember that herbal formulas with synergistic combinations of various herbs work better than taking a single herb. We recommend and sell two different Echinacea-type formulas… Echinacom™ and Echinacom-C™ by Energique, Inc. These are good formulas to take for a week and then take two weeks off so that the body doesn’t adapt around their ability to stimulate the immune system."
As far as the government, isn't the bottom line always about money?
Last but not least, I never believed in the word "cure" since even the most healthiest people always have "bad" bacteria but don't get sick and live a very long life as well as a healthy one. We are never cured of a headache, the common cold, stomach aches, and the list goes on. I do believe in preventive medicine and taking good care of oneself.
Just my thoughts,