Readers who believe that DrRich is primarily a clown, an obfuscator, a confabulator, an out-of-touch Old Fart, or just your run-of-the-mill, close-minded, middle-American, gun-toting Bible-thumper (see? DrRich DOES read all his email), might be surprised (if not dismayed) to learn that, this week, he has received an Incredible Honor.
According to ShareCareNow, a relatively new enterprise created by former WebMD Founder Jeff Arnold and Dr. Mehmet Oz, DrRich is one of the Top 10 Most Influential Online Voices In Heart Disease.
Of course, this designation has nothing to do with DrRich’s stellar work here at the Covert Rationing Blog. It is based entirely on his efforts at the Heart Health Center at About.com, which DrRich has run now for going on 12 years. His About.com site is dedicated to helping people who have heart disease, or who have loved ones with heart disease, or who are at risk of developing cardiovascular disease. He attempts to explain the basics – and even the complexities, whenever they are pertinent – of all types of heart and vascular conditions, and to clarify for his readers the continuous stream of hype and misinformation perpetrated by a largely ignorant press and the medical experts who (sometimes unconsciously) manipulate it. (In fact, he has tried more than once to change the name of his heart disease site to “Secret Cardiology,” but the people who run About.com – i.e., the nice folks at the New York Times – are against it.)
As DrRich understands it, his designation as the fourth most influential online voice on heart disease is based on a proprietary ShareCareNow algorithm incorporating some 40 objective measures. The only thing he knows for sure is that the opinions of those readers mentioned in the first paragraph of this post were obviously not incorporated into the algorithm. Which proves that not all the big on-line organizations have ready access to all our email, after all.
How comforting is that?