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Consumer Reports magazine | September

Published: September 2012
September 2012

Cover story

10 surprising dangers of vitamins and supplements Don't assume they're safe because they're 'all natural'


Best streaming video services Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, and Vudu all did better than Netflix
Create a beautiful bathroom Five tips for a masterful bath remodel
Magnetic toys still attract safety concerns Buckyballs, Magnet Balls, Zen Magnets, NeoCube, and others have been marketed as adult desk toys
Picture vs. product Some food bears little resemblance to what’s on the box
Protect your home These days, homeowners insurance covers less and costs more
Set-top boxes that make you the program director Take your TV online with one of these devices

Lab Tests

Clickers for many TVs get much slicker And with some sets, you don't even need the remote
How to Find the Best Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Our taste tests show that some oils don’t make the grade


Best compact sporty SUV review New fuel-efficient engines shake up our Ratings
Make your car last 200,000 miles How to go the distance and save tens of thousands of dollars

Up Front

Best sliced turkey Liven up work, school, or home lunches
Claim check: Schticky and Sticky Buddy Do these silicone rollers work as advertised?
Healthy alternatives to white bread We found nutritious—and tasty—bagels, buns and rolls, flatbreads, pitas, and more
How to Rid your Car of Odors There are a number of ways to eliminate those bad smells
The new way to buy savings bonds Series I and EE paper bonds have gone electronic
To get cleaner indoor air, maintain your appliances Ignoring regular upkeep could be bad for your health
YoshiBlue skillet review: Should you buy one? Can this 10-inch pan take the heat?

CR Health

Speak up when talking to your doctor Ask about costs, consent forms, and more
Will BrainStrong boost your brain? The evidence for this DHA supplement is lacking

CR Money

Legal DIY websites are no match for a pro They provide services for a fraction of what you’d pay a lawyer


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From our president: A daily dose of risk
Viewpoint Update on health-care reform
Selling It A monthly selection of goofs, glitches, and gotchas

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