I chose the evil eye, or known also as mal de ojo, as a culture bound disease. I did so because it is something interesting and I am somewhat familiar with. The evil eye is a type of a look that is believed by many cultures to be able to cause injury or bad luck for the person that it is intended for. This evil and ill wishing look, causes harm to the person. Usually this is out of one being envious of another. This usually is done unintentionally and affecting those not knowing of whats is going on around them. Many cultures believe in this but vary somewhat differently. The most common form, however, is due to the cause of envy. The effects on victims vary. Some cultures report afflictions with bad luck; others believe the evil eye may cause disease, wasting, or even death. Other medical problems are vomiting, fever, diarrhea, and mental problems like anxiety and or depression. In most cultures, the main victims common among infants and children because of being praised so much when they are young; adults might also experience similar symptoms resulting from this mal de ojo.
Treatment or prevention of this is slightly different from culture to culture and religion. Most of them have some sort of charms or beads of specific blue and white colors eye, whether as bracelets, hand shaped hangers to types hanging on doors of houses. This prevents or turns away the evil spirit of someone putting a curse or envy taking over. To others based on religion and beliefs, they do not have anything but using god as their help. Praying and reciting verses from their Holy book and prayers and only he will help and treat people with the curse of envy.
The evil eye is a big part of the eastern world, where many are affected from minor effects as bad luck, to major issues as sickness, health issues and death. Whatever happens to people its due to others envy and jealousy, but not always intentionally, but nonetheless a harmful effect.
Casabianca, Silvia. Curanderos and ‘mal de ojo,’ an every day reality in Latin America. Saludify, 1 Mar. 2013. Web. 22 July 2013. <http://saludify.com/curanderos-mal-de-ojo>