So who the hell are you and why should I even listen to your stupid podcast?

I am a fan of both science and nutrition, and when you put the two together I get excited. I hold a B.S. in Food Science and Human Nutrition (with a concentration in Dietetics) from Colorado State University, and a M.S. in Nutritional Sciences from University of Washington. I recently completed my studies involving the gut microbiome at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. I was a member of the McKay lab for 3.5 years as an undergraduate research assistant doing plant genetics work. I also did some research in the Bioactive Compounds for Health lab, mostly involving carotenoids and glycoalkaloids.

Listen to me or don’t listen to me – see if I care!

I also like to play drums. Here I am with members of the last band I was in. Check us out on YouTube kids!

If you’re curious I am the one covered in a solution of vinegar and the crushed endosperm of a plant belonging to the Brassicaceae family.

The podcast logo was created by one Ryan Nelson of Orange Morning Concepts.

The theme music is Medicine and was written and performed by an underrated group of guys from Boston called Two Ton Shoe.

If you’d like to email me with job offers or crank mail you can contact me here: seth[at]buddyengineer[dot]com


  1. Scotty

    dude…. we are literally the same person haha…both study nutrition ( I don’t have a degree just yet but I’m working on it) and both love playing drums. Great minds think a like I guess

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  2. michael plotkin

    Great blog. I used your critique of Taubes’ critique of the red meat consumption paper as part of a case study in a class. Haven’t assessed the results yet, but I think it was effective. Will let you know if you’re interested.

    On another minor topic, Brassicaceae do not have endosperm (or very little). The bulk of the mustard seed is embryo. The yellow color is usually added turmeric, which is in Zingiberaceae. Just thought you might like to know.

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      Well now I feel dumb, but thanks for pointing that out. I’ll need to change that at some point.

      And thanks for the kind words. I’d be interested in how things turn out.

  3. twin Berkowitz

    Can anyone point me to some websites that have data nutrition(thoroughly) for Asian fruits and vegetables?

  4. Damo

    Hey, spotted Zoe Harcombe spouting what looked like cr@p about Word Diabetes Day on Twitter, so thought I’d look her up and came across your blog post about Taubes. I thought it was brilliant – keep doing what you’re doing 🙂

  5. johnmeli

    Really enjoyed reading through your blog, Seth. I’ve always been fascinated by the nutrition debates. About ten years ago, I noticed friends and acquaintances started to get really heated when expounding on their diets (usually Atkins-type diets), and how we’d all been lied to, that the NIH and AMA was keeping us in the dark, that “carbs” were bad, calories were different depending on their source, and so on. When I would say “Can you just eat less, exercise more?” they would get REALLY angry and detail how futile that approach was, and had been proven so, you dolt. (Something I’ve noticed: heavy people, even friends, do NOT want to hear nutrition advice from a skinny runner…EVER. Best to lay off.) So, this has been going on a long time. I hope your well-reasoned reviews of the Teicholz and Taubes books give people some pause, and make it into the mainstream media. And by the way, you mentioned Ayn Rand’s books at one point (I think in the Taubes review) and you said they were awful. True. But they were highly successful page-turners. At least, The Fountainhead was a page-turner to me when I was sixteen years old. That counts. For something.

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      Thanks for the kind words. And I actually agree with you on The Fountainhead. I thought it was very interesting: the characters were unique, some themes that were explored were compelling… But with Atlas Shrugged, the characters were all flat, the universe wasn’t plausible (to me), the philosophy that fit Howard Roark could not apply to the entire world. That’s why I bashed Atlas Shrugged.

  6. Joe Dixon

    Seth, I love your blog and your tenacity in reviewing these very bad books. I for one do not wish to waste my time. But someone has to do it and you have done a great job. I have been telling my colleagues about your site. Keep up the good work! Joe Dixon

  7. daniel bertini

    Thanks Seth. Love the science of nutrition and reading your posts makes me realize why. So many misconceptions, so much misinformation, makes me wonder why these people who spread such fallacies are not on the margins of society where they belong!!! Keep on drumming and writing!!

  8. Jonathan Bagley

    Very interesting. I came to this blog via Velvet Glove Iron Fist, whose author, Chris Snowdon, believes exercise is the key to the increase in obesity in the Uk, and not diet. I’m currently on the low carb side, or at least the “less carb than I previously ate, but still a fair amount” side. It’s done great things for my waistline – fat instead of starch. I have always been impressed by Taubes, but I’m glad there is a dissenting voice capable of forensic analysis to counter him. Like our choice of newspapers, we maybe read Taubes to reinforce our prejudices.

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