Brain Pain: Tracking Triggers Key to Headache Cure

Lifestyle sleuthing is the best way to corner the prime suspects behind headache pain, says noted Encino dentist Allan Melnick. Armed with the facts, medical professionals can customize treatment to free patients from debilitating migraines, TMJ and tension headaches.

Los Angeles, CA, May 12, 2011 -- April showers bring May flowers…and pollen, allergies and sinus headaches. The flowers are things of beauty, but the headaches can be beastly.

At this time of year, pollen allergies are a prime suspect when sinus pain and pressure are present,” says Dr. Allan Melnick, a noted clinical dentist in Encino, Calif. “Springtime headaches cause a lot of grief, but it’s important to track down the true source of all the pain. It could be pollen, but it also could be a migraine or jaw joint malfunction – which need something other than a decongestant.”

Non-migraine headaches affect nine out of 10 Americans, according to the American Council for Headache Education. A whopping 40 million Americans are affected each year by sinusitis, reports the Cleveland Clinic, a hospital known internationally for its medical research and treatment. Another 20 million people report jaw or lower facial pain, and the National Headache Foundation estimates that 30 million people are plagued by migraines.

Headaches typically fall into five categories:

Migraine headaches
Temporomandibular joint headaches (TMJ)
Sinus headaches
Cluster headaches
Tension headaches

Different things trigger headaches, including stress, caffeine, weather changes, alcohol, hormone fluctuations and allergens like pollen, mold and second-hand smoke, says Melnick, a former UCLA dentistry professor. Vascular and neuromuscular factors are linked to most headaches, he noted, and – in some cases – genetics.

I see lots of patients with TMJ in my Encino office,” says Melnick. “Sometimes, we can pin the pain on a specific incident – like an elbow to the chin in a sporting accident. Other headaches are due to clenched teeth and stress or something as simple as a yawn gone wrong. Regardless of the cause, the pain can be debilitating.”

Sinus headaches occur when the membranes lining the sinuses become inflamed and swollen, says Melnick. Bacterial or fungal infection linked to a cold, allergies or malformation in the nasal cavity are the typical cause. Antibiotics and decongestants are used to treat the infection and minimize swelling that is causing pressure and pain.

On the other hand, migraines, cluster headaches, TMJ and tension headaches are usually linked to overworked muscles and an incorrect bite, says Melnick.

The jaw is supposed to work in a relaxed and synchronized way. However, if the teeth don't come together correctly, the masseter muscle in the jaw has to work overtime,” explains Melnick. “Pain radiates into the jaw, ear canal, neck and temple. In cluster headaches, the temporalis muscle seems to be involved. It’s the fan-shaped muscle that starts behind the eye and spreads up over the ear and temple area. The pain is intense and chronic. Often physical therapy – things like massage and chiropractic treatment – can offer some relief, but the underlying triggers will need to be determined.”

Migraines are the most intense variety of headache, causing nausea, extreme light sensitivity, vomiting and asymmetrical pain patterns. Women are particularly vulnerable. Triggers seem to vary, but nerve and vascular impingement are suspected, along with muscle tension. Food, hormones, medicines and stress are often linked to pain episodes. Drug intervention and lifestyle changes typically are required.

Headaches are a major source of physical stress, work absenteeism and loss of work place productivity. Researchers at Maryland’s AdvancePCS Center for Work and Health and Geisinger Health Systems in Pennsylvania found that 13 percent of a large workforce sample experienced loss of work productivity due to pain. The most common pain complaint noted among the 28,902 working adults studied was headache – at 5.4 percent. Back pain (3.2%) and arthritis (2%) were the second and third most common work day disruptors. Pain conditions among the employed cost the economy more than $61 billion per year, the study stated.

Figuring out your personal headache triggers is the way to lower the number of headaches and their severity,” says Melnick, senior dentist for “That means you need to keep a health diary, see your dentist, and get a full workup at your personal physician’s office. Then, armed with information, we can fit you with an NTI mouthpiece for TMJ, send you to an allergist or dietician, or suggest yoga, massage, antihistamines or another therapy.”

Allan Melnick
Allan Melnick DDS
16311 Ventura Blvd, Suite 785
Encino, CA 91436
Tel: 818-385-3681

The Speed Traders Reviews The Most Important Things for High-Frequency Trading

Edgar Perez's The Speed Traders: An Insider's Look at the New High-Frequency Trading Phenomenon That is Transforming the Investing World, Published by McGraw-Hill Inc.

New York, USA, May 12, 2011 -- "Alternating between an annotated timeline of the development of high-frequency trading and interviews with top high-frequency traders, Perez illuminates the world of speed." That is how Seeking Alpha’s Brenda Jubin starts her review of The Speed Traders, An Insider's Look at the New High-Frequency Trading Phenomenon That is Transforming the Investing World (, by recognized author Edgar Perez, title recently published by McGraw-Hill Inc., right on time for the anniversary of the "flash crash" that impacted the financial markets May 6 last year.

Speed does not automatically translate into profit. Manoj Narang, the founder of Tradeworx, speaks to this point. A typical trade will return only about 0.1 cent per share. ‘And that only includes trading costs, not the costs of running such an expensive and technology-intensive business to begin with!’ Moreover, he continues, assume that high-frequency traders account for the entire market volume, which has averaged 8 billion shares per day, and that they make 0.1 cent per share of profit. The yearly profit would come to $2 billion. ‘This might sound like a lot of money, but let’s keep in mind that this is the total amount for an entire industry. There are many other corners of the financial industry, such as derivatives trading or hedge funds, that generate hundreds of times this amount of profit in one year.’”

Perez explores the charges that have been brought against high-frequency trading and for the most part, with the help of his interviewees, tries to dispel them. Did high-frequency trading cause the Flash Crash? No. As David Cummings, chairman of Tradebot Systems, wrote: ‘Who puts in a $4.1 billion order without a limit price? The trader at Waddell & Reed showed historic incompetence.’”

By tracing its roots (going back to Instinet, which began operating under an unwieldy name in 1970), Perez demonstrates it to be a logical development of technological change in the financial markets. By separating out some controversial practices, such as flash orders, from high-frequency trading, Perez makes it more defensible. All in all, an enlightening book.”

The Speed Traders, published by McGraw-Hill Inc., is the most comprehensive, revealing work available on the most important development in trading in generations. High-frequency trading will no doubt play an ever larger role as computer technology advances and the global exchanges embrace fast electronic access. The Speed Traders explains everything there is to know about how today's high-frequency traders make millions—one cent at a time.”

Mr. Perez is widely regarded as the pre-eminent networker in the specialized area of high-frequency trading. He is the founder of Golden Networking and host of High-Frequency Trading Happy Hour business receptions ( in New York City, which have drawn the world's top industry practitioners. He has organized high-frequency trading forums ( and workshops (, as well as conferences on subjects as diverse as hedge funds, derivatives, private equity, distressed investing, and China, attracting thousands of executives and professionals in the world's major business centers. Mr. Perez has presented at Harvard Business School's 17th Annual Venture Capital & Private Equity Conference and at forums organized by Columbia Business School's Career Management Center and Alumni Club of New York.

Mr. Perez was a vice president at Citigroup, a senior consultant at IBM, and a consultant at McKinsey & Co. in New York City. Mr. Perez has an undergraduate degree from Universidad Nacional de IngenierĂ­a, Lima, Peru (1994), a Master of Administration from Universidad ESAN, Lima, Peru (1997) and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School, with a dual major in Finance and Management (2002). He is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma international honor society. Mr. Perez resides in the New York City area and is an accomplished salsa and hustle dancer.

Mr. Perez is one of the great business networkers and motivators on the lecture circuit; he is available worldwide for the following speaking engagements: Present and Future of High-Frequency Trading, The Real Story behind the "Flash Crash", Networking for Financial Executives, and Business Networking for Success.

Natalia Nuzhnova
Media Relations Coordinator
The Speed Traders
Tel: 516-761-4712

Who's Who in Hedge Funds and Alternative Investments at High-Frequency Trading Leaders Forum 2011

High-Frequency Trading Leaders Forum 2011, "How Speed Traders Leverage Cutting-Edge Strategies in the Post-Flash Crash World" (, Hosted by Golden Networking, May 23, 24 & 25, New York City.

New York, USA, May 12, 2011 -- Building off of the momentum of last May's High-Frequency Trading Leaders Forum 2010 in New York City, Golden Networking's High-Frequency Trading Leaders Forum 2011, "How Speed Traders Leverage Cutting-Edge Strategies in the Post-Flash Crash World", (, May 23, 24 & 25 in New York City, will provide attendees with the most up-to-date overview of cutting-edge developments and insights to build a competitive advantage in High-Frequency Trading. Recognized practitioners, experts, regulators, and strategists, will return to High-Frequency Trading Leaders Forum 2011 to provide attendees with the information they are looking for in an open and unbiased environment, highly conducive to the most efficient and effective networking.

The list of speakers and panelists at Golden Networking’s High-Frequency Trading Leaders Forum 2011, "How Speed Traders Leverage Cutting-Edge Strategies in the Post-Flash Crash World", include:

- Mr. Adam Afshar, Chief Executive Officer, Hyde Park Global Investments
- Mr. Alexey Goz, President, Algo Engineering
- Dr. Andrew Kumiega, Adjunct Professor, IIT Institute of Technology
- Mr. Christopher Willox, Head Trader, Fenimore Asset Management
- Ms. Courtney Comstock, Financial Writer, Clusterstock
- Mr. David Blaszkowsky, Division of Risk, Strategy and Financial Innovation, Securities and Exchange Commission (To Be Confirmed)
- Mr. Edgar Perez, Author, The Speed Traders
- Mr. James Leman, Principal, Westwater Corp.
- Mr. Jitesh Thakkar, President, Edge Financial Technologies
- Mr. John Netto, President, M3 Capital
- Dr. Jonathan Kinlay, President, Systematic Strategies
- Mr. Mike Bellafiore, Partner, SMB Capital
- Mr. Milind Sharma, Chief Executive Officer, QuantZ Capital Management
- Mr. Nathaniel Baker, Editor, Bloomberg Hedge Funds Brief
- Professor Petter Kolm, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University
- Mr. Telis Demos, Reporter, Financial Times
- Mr. Will Mechem, Managing Director, Pan Alpha Trading
- Mr. William Kenney, Chief Executive Officer, Knox Capital

High-Frequency Trading Leaders Forum 2011 is produced by Golden Networking (, the premier networking community for business executives, entrepreneurs and investors. Upcoming Golden Networking's Forums and Business Receptions include:

High-Frequency Trading Happy Hour, (, May 10th, New York City

Next Stop America China Conference 2011 Beijing, "The Proven Path to Enter the US Market" (, June 13 & 14, Beijing, China

High-Frequency Trading Happy Hour, (, June 14th, New York City

Next Stop America China Conference 2011 Shanghai, "The Proven Path to Enter the US Market" (, June 16 & 17, Shanghai, China

Advanced Market Timing Experts Workshop 2011 Singapore, "Master Market Timing with the Leading Technical Analyst" (, June 20 & 21, Singapore

Advanced Market Timing Experts Workshop 2011 Hong Kong, "Master Market Timing with the Leading Technical Analyst" (, June 23 & 24, Hong Kong

Golden Networking has compiled the insights of top experts and industry practitioners and produced DVD Video Packages for its Leaders and Experts Forums, including:

High-Frequency Trading Experts Workshop DVD Video Package, "Practical Implementation of High-Frequency Trading Strategies",

2nd China Leaders Forum DVD Video Package, "Is the Chinese Dragon Poised for Global Dominance or Economic Implosion?",

Distressed Investing Experts Forum 2010 DVD Video Package, "Analyzing and Valuing Distressed Companies, Securities and Real Estate",

Derivatives Leaders Forum 2010 DVD Video Package, "Strategies for Increasing Profits under an Evolving Regulatory Framework",

High-Frequency Trading Leaders Forum 2010 DVD Video Package, "Innovating and Profiting from High-Frequency Trading in 2010 and Beyond",

Hedge Funds Leaders Forum 2010 DVD Video Package, "Generating Alpha in Challenging Times",

High-Frequency Trading Experts Forum 2010 DVD Video Package, "Starting and Running a High-Frequency Trading Operation",

Distressed Investing Leaders Forum 2010 DVD Video Package, "Extraordinary Opportunities Investors Cannot Afford to Pass",

China Leaders Forum 2009 DVD Video Package, "Addressing the Challenges Posed by the Present Wave of Chinese Globalization",

Distressed Investing Leaders Forum 2009 DVD Video Package, "The Most Comprehensive Guide for Any Investor in Distressed Assets",

Panelists, speakers and sponsors are invited to contact Golden Networking by sending an email to Golden Networking has been frequently featured in the press, including recent articles in The Wall Street Journal, "Happy Hour for High-Frequency Trading", The New York Times, "Golden Networking Helps Job Seekers Make Overseas Connections", Los Angeles Times, "Speed-addicted traders dominate today's stock market", Reuters, "Revamp looms as trading experts huddle at SEC" and Columbia Business School's Hermes Alumni Magazine, "10 Under 10".

Natalia Nuzhnova
Golden Networking
Tel: 516-761-4712