The first interview in a new series of profiles from the Sage Living community
1. Who are you? I’m just a man looking at a girl wondering if she’ll go out with me. (laughter) I’m Stuart Kerst, Steph’s
husband, the father of two brilliant kids, and the VP of Sales Strategy & Field Ops at SurveyMonkey.
2. How did you meet Steph? I met Steph on a plane, traveling from San Francisco to Boulder, Colorado where we were both living. She walked on the plane, and I quickly moved up, sat down next to her, and chatted her up. The rest is history.
3. Had you heard of EMF before you met Steph? I hadn't. It was about the time that I met Steph’s mother Cindy that I was brought into the world of EMF.
4. That sounds like a story in and of itself. What were some of your early conversations with Cindy like about EMF? Abrupt. That’s the easiest way to say it! I still remember my first conversation with Cindy when she dropped “Now remember… your laptop is not for your lap. It will fry your testicles!” And then I hear Steph from the other room yell “Mother, stop it!”. Cindy is one of the most knowledgeable people you’ll ever have the opportunity to meet. She’s dedicated her life’s work studying this area, making recommendations, and delivering the science behind it. She raised Steph and her sister, Amy with this knowledge and same passion.
5. Has it been an easy process for you and Steph to find a shared philosophy on EMF? I think there are always points of contention between us. I believe that EMF is not a black and white issue. I believe EMF risk like driving a car is a risk. The risk is real and something we need to be aware and manage, but I still have to get to work 25 miles away in an efficient way. So, a lot of our debates are on the way we implement the safety measures, but they are never on whether EMF risks are real.
6. Has having children changed your views on EMF? I would assume every parent goes through the same change where, prior to kids, I didn't pay a lot of attention to things like EMF or environmental risks. I didn't have to think about anyone else's well-being...just my own. Once we had Avery and Ford, however, every risk to their life, their development and their ability to grow became real. We all have a parental instinct to protect our kids. The decision to understand how to reduce the EMF impact on my kids was as easy as searching for the right car seat for the ride home from the hospital!
7. After creating your low-EMF lifestyle and designing a low-EMF home, what is the message that you want people to hear who might be new to EMF? This is a journey...take your time. The first step is to get the information. Does it apply to you and your family? Give yourself the ability to make an informed decision. Are these risks something that you want to spend time and energy on? Like most smokers out there, they know that cigarettes may lead to cancer, but they still smoke. That's their choice. If you decide this is something you want to focus on, there are some very simple things you can do quickly to help reduce your EMF exposure, while others are more costly and take more time.
8. Having gone through this process, it is something you feel that anyone can implement for themselves? Is it difficult? Yeah, anyone can implement it. Some choices like wearing corded earphones vs. Bluetooth earbuds are easy to do. You can turn off WIFI in the house when it is not being used. There are simple, effective, easy to implement things you can do. At the same time there are some other bigger items that can also help that you can't do yourself, but I know someone who can help you find a solution!
Thank you Stuart! What do you think of our new profile series? Who would you like to see interviewed in future posts? Please leave your comments below - we'd love to hear them!